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Sons of the American Revolution: New Jersey


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The New Jersey Society was organized on March 7, 1889 as the New Jersey Society "Sons of the Revolution" in Newark, NJ. They were, then, only a branch of the New York Society of the "Sons of the Revolution," and after much consideration these gentlemen decided to have a Society of their own in New Jersey. They voted unanimously to change the title of the New Jersey Society of the "Sons of the Revolution," to that of the New Jersey Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.


Other states with great zeal took up a proposition sent out from New Jersey, calling for a congress to organize a National Society. In thirty-three states, they formed Societies and elected delegates to discuss and act upon this proposition. In answer to this call of New Jersey, the delegates of the Societies of the different states gathered at Fraunces Tavern, April 30, 1889. This was the CENTENNIAL for the Inauguration of George Washington as the First President of the United States of America in 1789. They formed the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.


SAR member Number 1 is William Osborn McDowell of New Jersey is credited with being the founder of the SAR. He is also credited as being one of the people who later helped form the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in 1890.


The first two hundred members of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution are from this first New Jersey Society and the first SAR chapter formed was in Elizabethtown on July 4, 1893.


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