Did you know that 16 U.S. Presidents became members of the SAR?
The SAR Genealogical Research Library is proud to now feature a display of the portraits of all 16 Compatriot U.S. Presidents. This exhibit was made possible by the generous support of the George Washington Endowment Fund. The portraits are mounted on custom-built cherry shelves that match the other woodwork in the library. While this exhibit was previously displayed at the National Headquarters on 4th Street, it now has been updated and moved to the new library. The previous exhibit did not include the two most recent presidents to be admitted to the SAR, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. The updated exhibit features all new portraits of the presidents taken from the recent book, Vanity Fair’s Presidential Profiles. The portraits were all sketched in pencil by artist Mark Summers and feature the right profiles of the presidents’ faces, giving the exhibit a sleek, uniform look. The display can be found on the rear west wall of the library and will be included as a prominent stop on all library tours.
Among this distinguished group of men is Theodore Roosevelt, who signed the Congressional charter incorporating the SAR in 1906. He was known for his promotion of nature conservation and his influence in the building of the Panama Canal. He was also the first U.S. President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for his part in ending the Russo-Japanese War.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, one of the most well-known U.S. Presidents, was elected to four terms in office. He was our country’s leader during most of World War ll and was responsible for the New Deal, a program that aimed to help the country recover from the Great Depression.
Harry Truman served as president during a pivotal time in our country. He was president during the founding of both the United Nations and NATO. He presided over the end of World War ll, the beginning of the Cold War, and the Korean War. He is known for his catch phrases, such as “The buck stops here” and “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
Before becoming president, Dwight Eisenhower served as Commander of the Armed Forces during World War ll and negotiated with China to end the Korean War. He is often referred to by historians as one of the top ten U.S. Presidents.
The 16 Compatriot U.S. Presidents are:
Click on the President's name for a more detailed look at the Compatriot President.