Presidents General of the SAR and Annual Congress Sites

The President General, in addition to his general duties, shall maintain a general supervision over the business and affairs of the Society, he shall appoint all committees, unless otherwise provided for in the Constitution or in these Bylaws, he shall be ex-officio Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee and a member of all Standing Committees as set forth in Bylaw No. 18, Section 1.  The President General shall have the authority to fill any vacancy which may occur for good cause in any General Office, on the Executive Committee, or in the Chairmanship of any Committee, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees at its next meeting. (The SAR Bylaw No. 4 - The President General)


 
The following shows a list of the years, Congress number, the names of the men elected to this high office, and the Society of which they were a member.  You can jump to a decade using the links below:
 
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Year of Congress# of CongressLocationPresident General ElectedSociety
1889 
New York, Fraunces Tavern
Lucius P. DemingConnecticut
18901stLouisville, KYDr. William S. WebbNew York & Vermont
18912ndHartford, CTDr. William S. WebbNew York & Vermont
18923rdNew York CityGeneral Horace PorterNew York
18934thChicagoGeneral Horace PorterNew York
18945thWashington, DCGeneral Horace Porter New York
18956thBostonGeneral Horace PorterNew York
18967thRichmondGeneral Horace PorterNew York
18978thCleveland, OH Edward S. BarrettMassachusetts
18989thMorristown, NJ Edward S. BarrettMassachusetts
189910thDetroit Franklin MurphyNew Jersey


1900 - 1909

Year of Congress# of CongressLocationPresident General ElectedSociety
190011thNew York CityJoseph C. BreckinridgeKentucky / DC
190112thPittsburghWalter S. LoganNew York
190213thWashington, DCGov. Edwin WarfieldMaryland
190314thNew Haven, CTGen. Edwin GreeleyConnecticut
190415thSt. LouisJames D. HancockPennsylvania
190516thPhiladelphiaFrancis H. AppletonMassachusetts
190617thBostonCornelius C. PugsleyNew York
190718thDenverNelson A. McClaryIllinois
190819thBuffaloHenry StockbridgeMaryland
190920thBaltimoreMorris B. BeardsleyConnecticut

1910 - 1919

Year of Congress# of CongressLocationPresident General ElectedSociety
191021stToledo, OHWilliam A. MarbleNew York
191122ndLouisville, KYDr. Moses G. ParkerMassachusetts
191223rdBostonJames M. RichardsonOhio
191324thChicagoRogers Clark Ballard ThrustonKentucky
191425thSyracuseRogers Clark Ballard ThrustonKentucky
191526thPortland, ORNewell B. WoodworthNew York
191627thNewark, NJElmer M. WentworthIowa
191728thNashvilleElmer M. WentworthIowa
191829thRochesterLouis Annin AmesNew York
191930thDetriotChancellor L. JenksIllinois
 

1920 - 1929

Year of Congress# of CongressLocationPresident General ElectedSociety
 1920 31stHartfordJ. Henry PrestonMaryland
 1921 32ndBuffaloWallace McCamantOregon
 1922 33rdSpringfield, MAMajor Washington Irving Lincoln AdamsNew Jersey
 1923 34thNashvilleArthur Preston SumnerRhode Island
 1924 35thSalt Lake CityMarvin Harrison LewisKentucky
 1925 36thSwampscott, MAJudge Harvey Foote RemingtonNew York
 1926 37thPhiladelphiaWilbert H. BarrettMichigan
 1927 38thRichmondErnest E. RogersConnecticut
 1928 39thWashington, DCGanson DepewNew York
 1929 40thSpringfield, IlHoward RowleyCalifornia

 

1930 - 1939

Year of Congress# of CongressLocationPresident General ElectedSociety
193041stAshbury Park, NJJudge Josiah S. Van OrsdelDC
1931
42nd
Charlotte, NC
Benjamin Newhall Johnson
(Died in Office)
Massachusetts
   
Judge Josiah S. Van Orsdel (Appointed by Excom)
DC
193243rdWashington DCFrederick W. MillspaughTennessee
193344thCincinnatiArthur M. McGrillisRhode Island
193445thBaltimoreArthur M. McGrillisRhode Island
193546thLouisville, KYHenry F. BakerMaryland
193647thPortland, MEMessmore KendallNew York
193748thBuffaloMessmore KendallNew York
193849thDallasMessmore KendallNew York
193950thNew London, CTMessmore KendallNew York

 

1940 - 1949

Year of Congress# of CongressLocationPresident General ElectedSociety
194051stWashington, DCLoren E. SouersOhio
194152ndColumbus, OHG. Ridgely SappingtonMaryland
194253rdWilliamsburg, VASterling Fahn MutzNebraska
194354thNew York CitySmith Lewis MulterNew Jersey
194455thHarrisburg, PASmith Lewis MulterNew Jersey
1945 No Meeting on Account of the WAR
194656thTrenton, NJAllen L. OliverMissouri
194757thHuntington, WVA. Herbert ForemanVirginia
194858thMinneapolisCharles B. Shaler (Died in office)Pennsylvania
   Ben H. Powell appointed by ExComTexas
194959thJacksonville, FLJohn Whelchel FingerNew York

 

1950 - 1959

Year of Congress# of CongressLocationPresident General ElectedSociety
195060thAtlsntic CityWallace C. HallMichigan
195161stSan FranciscoWallace C. HallMichigan
195262ndHoustonRay O. EdwardsFlorida
195363rdCincinnatiArthur A. de la HoussayeLouisiana
195464thWilliamsburg, VAMilton M. LoryIowa
195565thChicagoEdgar Williamson, Jr.New Jersey
195666thLake George, NYEugene P. Carver, Jr.Massachusetts
195767thSalt Lake CityGeorge E. Tarbox, Jr.Colorado
195868thBiloxi, MSWalter A. WentworthNew York
195969thPittsburghCharles A. JonesOhio
 

1960 - 1969

Year of Congress# of CongressLocationPresident General ElectedSociety
196070thMemphisDr. Herschel S. MurphyNew Jersey
196171stClearwater, FLHorace Y. KitchellMississippi
196272ndPhiladelphiaCharles A. Anderson, M.D.Ohio
196373rdLexington, KYRobert L. SonfieldTexas
196474thDetriotHarry T. BurnTennessee
196575thAlbuquerqueHoward E. CoeConnecticut
196676thGroton, CTKenneth G. Smith, SrPennsylvania
196777thColumbus, OHLen Young SmithIllnois
196878thWilliamsburg, VAWalter G. SterlingTexas
196979thSalt Lake CityJames B. GardinerNew York
 

1970 - 1979

Year of Congress# of CongressLocationPresident General ElectedSociety
197080thHouston, TXWalter P. MartinRhode Island
197181stAtlantic City, NJEugene C. McGuireOhio
197282ndIndianapolis, INRyall S. MorganAlabama
197383rdPalm Beach, FLMarion CrawmerMichigan
197484thBaltimore, MDM. Graham Clark, Ed.DMissouri
197585thBostonRobert D. Savage, Lt. Col USA Ret.Pennsylvania
197686thPhiladelphiaMatthew B. SellersFlorida
197787thMilwaukeeWilson King BarnesMaryland
197888thLouisville, KYCalvin Ellsworth Chunn, Ph.DCalifornia
197989thSan Diego, CACalvin Ellsworth Chunn, Ph.DCalifornia

 

1980 - 1989

Year of Congress# of CongressLocationPresident General ElectedSociety
198090thDallas, TXArthur Mansfield King Kansas
198191stOklahoma City, OKRichard H. Thompson, Jr.Florida
198292ndPortland, ORHoward L. Hamilton, Ph.D.Virginia
198393rdAtlanta, GAWarren G. Hayes, Jr.Pennsylvania
198494thCincinnati, OHCarl F. BessentMaryland
198595thLouisville, KYCol. Benjamin H. MorrisKentucky
198696thTampa, FLClovis H. BrakebillTexas
198797thValley Forge, PANolan W. CarsonOhio
198898thTyson's Corner, VACharles F. Printz, Sr.West Virginia
198999thSan Francisco, CAJames R. WestlakeGeorgia

 

1990 - 1999

Year of Congress# of CongressLocationPresident General ElectedSociety
1990100thLouisville, KyCol. James R. CalhounNew Mexico
1991101stKansas CityGeorge H. Brandau, M.D.Texas
1992102ndNorfolk, VAPaul H. WalkerMassachusetts
1993103rdPhoenix, AZCol. Robert B. Vance, Sr.Georgia
1994104thNew OrleansCol. Stewart Boone McCarty, Jr.DC
1995105thLouisville, KYWilliam C. Gist, Jr. D.M.D.Kentucky
1996106thSan Antonio, TXReon G. Hillegass, Jr.Virginia
1997107thBaltimore, MDCarl K. Hoffmann, JDFlorida
1998108thOrlandoRussell D. PageIllinois
1999109thSan DiegoHoward F. Horne, Jr., Ph.D.Delaware

 

2000 - 2009

Year of Congress# of CongressLocationPresident General ElectedSociety
2000110thBostonBruce B. Butler, D.D.S. (Died in office)Louisiana
   Howard F. Horne, Jr., Ph.D. appointed by ExComDelaware
2001111thLouisville, KYLarry D. McClanahanTennessee
2002112thNashvilleB. Rice AstonTexas
2003113thChicagoRaymond G. MusgraveWest Virginia
2004114thPittsburghHenry N. McCarl, Ph.D.Massachuetts
2005115thLouisville, KYRoland G. Downing, Ph.D.Delaware
2006116thDallas, TXNathan E. WhiteTexas
2007117thWilliamsburg, VABruce A. WilcoxVirginia
2008118thSacramento, CADavid N. ApplebyMissouri
2009119thAtlanta, GAEdward F. ButlerTexas

 

2010 - 2019

Year of Congress# of CongressLocationPresident General ElectedSociety
2010120thCleveland, OHJames David SympsonKentucky
2011121stWinston-Salem, NCLarry J. MagerkurthCalifornia
2012122ndPhoenix, AZStephen A. LeishmanDelaware
2013123rdKansas CityJoseph W. DooleyVirginia

 

President General 1991 - 1992: George H. Brandau, MD

 

George H. Brandau, M.D. was installed in Kansas City as President General at the 101st Annual Congress in 1991. Prior to serving as President General, Dr. Brandau served as Secretary General, Registrar General and Surgeon General. He was Vice-President General for the Foreign District-Western Hemisphere (two terms), President and National Trustee of the Texas Society and President of the Paul Carrington Chapter in Texas. He was affiliated with a number of national committees including Long Range Planning (Chairman 1989-90), Medical Advisory (Chairman 1988-89), Audit, Budget and Finance, as well as Nominating, Membership Retention, Handbook and Patriotic Action. 
 
He received several medals including the Minuteman, Patriot, Silver Good Citizenship and Meritorious Service (with Cluster), as well as the DAR Medal of Honor. Dr. Brandau said his greatest feeling of accomplishment was the establishment of the George Washington Fund in 1988. This Fund was founded to provide financing for the NSSAR committee operations and ultimately for other projects. It has partially funded committees on an on-going annual basis since 1991.
 
Dr. Brandau and his wife, Nancy, made numerous donations to the Society in furniture, art objects and money. Following his term as President General, Compatriot Brandau became Chairman of the George Washington Fund and served on the Museum Board and Finance Committee. He retired as a surgeon following 40 years of solo practice. Among his accomplishments as President General was the restructuring of some facets of the National Society and changes in the by-laws relating to financial operations that positioned the Society for future growth and expansion. He introduced new forms to simplify the reporting of activities of the Society at all levels. 
 
Under his direction, the Revolutionary War Graves Program was nearly completed, as the names were being prepared for publication. Valuable data on forms permitting quick reference to current and historical information on operations were now available on request. Regular inventory reports and improved management in merchandise and other areas were being provided. The first National Directory was readied for publication; and a Lineage Link Database was in the early phase of development.
Compatriot Brandau was instrumental in creating a new Finance Committee that became the "Oversight Committee" of the Society. A comptroller/accountant was hired and a Selection Committee appointed to begin searching for other needed staff. An extensive update in the NSSAR accounting system was in the process of adoption. The Society purchased state-of-the-art computer tape backup, which greatly simplified the accounting process. This new computer system provided full automation at the National Society Headquarters, thus making possible many new programs and operations. Compatriot Brandau presented the Gold Good Citizenship Medal to General Colin Powell at the Pentagon in a brief ceremony that was followed by remarks from General Powell.
 
Dr. Brandau's made twenty-eight visits to districts, societies and chapters that reached almost 100,000 miles. He crisscrossed the United States three times in the month of April, as an example of his extensive travel. He felt privileged to meet and visit with the many fine individuals who make up the SAR membership. He found their leadership potential in the Society to be very impressive. 
 
Compatriot Brandau was able to reduce his visits to the National Headquarters because of his ability to use the facsimile machine on a daily basis. This use of modern technology at the time permitted daily business transactions between the President General and the Headquarters staff
 
Dr. Brandau supported many innovations for the Society in looking to the future, which included the Lineage Link Database, a National Telephone Listing Plan, monitoring finances, audits of operations, standard stationary, library expansion, Life Membership Program revision and other programs.
 
Compatriot Brandau stressed the need for continuity between administrations, as the single most important single factor in the Society's progress. "If we are to achieve our goals and maintain high standards, it is very necessary to link one administration to the succeeding one.

Source: Co-Editors: Robert Franklin Jackson, Historian General and Garrett Franklin Jackson, Commander NSSAR Color Guard, The Sons of the American Revolution, NSSAR History, Volume III, 1983-1999, An Historical Anthology, pp. 92-94.
 

President General 1997 - 1998: Carl Hoffmann

 

BIO:  I am a Florida native (Plant City, FL) graduate of Northwestern (BS 1951), and Yale University JD 1957, Fulbright Scholar to Australia 1958. Adjunct Professor of Business Law, University of  North Florida and a retired member of the Virginia, DC and Florida Bars.

My wife Patricia and I live in Anna Maria, Florida, and we  have four children, Debby Love, Sandy Mc Namee, Bill and David Hoffmann (twins) and six grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


My Year As PG by Carl Hoffmann 1997-1998

 

JROTC

One of my proudest accomplishments was the establishment of the enhanced JROTC. SAR had supported
The ROTC for decades. During a visit in 1996 to the TXSSAR at Tyler, Texas, I was visiting with Col. Martin (USA ret.) . He told me how the Texas Society was actively promoting the Junior ROTC. Then, I talked to an Army Senior Instructor at a Jacksonville, Florida High School  who showed me statistics that cadets in the JROTC program tested from 20 to 25% higher academically than their peers. Question. Why is this so??? The answer is found in the three selfs, IE;

The curriculum of all JROTC programs promote all of these traits.  The Instructors, retired officers  and non coms,  act as role models to these young high school students. The students become a “community” within the school as one female senior Lieutenant told me. A non com told me the students will discuss issues and problem with them that they don’t discuss with the faculty. Hence we see the their instructors serve in the capacity of role models to these young impressionable students at a critical time in their lives or to use the Latin phrase “in loco parentis”.

At our first national award ceremony at the Orlando Congress in 1998, the winner was a female Cambodian immigrant who became the commander of her cadet regiment in Seattle Washington.

The Youth Luncheons  show case the winners of our Oration, Essay, Eagle Scout and JROTC contests.

These  youth contests are a core activity of  the NSSAR in our culture today and deserve our full support.

 

LADIES AUXILLARY

The establishment of our Ladies Auxiliary at the national level was an important achievement begun during my tenure as Chancellor General. Again on a visit to the CASSAR, meeting in Riverside, California, I experienced the energy and enthusiasm of their ladies auxiliary when I was asked to buy a lottery ticket by a WOSSAR. That led to the revelation that these California Ladies had already raised $12,000 to help pay for the Saturday  Evening Reception at the forthcoming San Francisco Congress.

With the assistance of the California President. I drafted  an amendment to our NSSAR Bylaws to allow
For a Ladies Auxiliary at our national society level which was approved at the next Congress. These ladies have made and are making a great contribution to our future CAAH.

 

TECHNOLOGY

In 1997 our society was woefully lacking in modern technology for communications, accounting and word processing functions. I asked Sam Boone a young lawyer from Gainesville, Florida  to take the lead in the effort to improve our equipment and training of staff. With the invaluable help of Mike Scroggins and headquarters staff, significant advances were made on the budget available. The first step was to purchase a new switchboard and increase  the number of incoming lines so SARS wouldn’t get a busy signal when calling Louisville.

 

GERMANY

In May 1998, after a meeting with the French Society in Paris, we led a delegation to Germany to recognize four German born patriots for their contributions to the War for Independence. In Magdeburg we had a ceremony honoring Baron Von Steuben who trained our soldiers at Valley Forge. Near Nurnberg, German Officials joined in honoring Gen. Baron De Kalb, killed at the battle of Camden, SC.

We were joined by  6 German Army Paratroop Officers in Zweibrucken to honor Wilhelm and Christian Forbach for their services in leading the Duke’s German regiment in the charge on Redoubt Nine at Yorktown. Their father, the Duke of Zweibrucken sent his regiment to America at the request of the King of  France.              
 

President General 2005 - 2006: Roland G. Downing, PhD

Biography

He was raised in Nashville, Tennessee where he played high school football and was president of the student body.  He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1953 with a major in Organic Chemistry and a commission as an officer in the United States Navy.  He served 3 years at sea during the Korean War before returning to civilian life.  He remained in the naval Ready Reserve for over 20 years, retiring with the rank of Captain.

He earned his PhD Degree in Organic Chemistry in 1961 from Vanderbilt and became a research chemist with the DuPont Company at its Research complex in Wilmington, Delaware.  He retired from the chemical industry in 1993.  During his career he played an important role in the development of improved chemical processes for nylon manufacture.  He became a lifelong friend with fellow chemist William C. Drinkard, Jr. who later joined the SAR and donated $1,000,000 to the Center for Advancing America’s Heritage.  Dr. Drinkard saw “American exceptionalism” as key in the cultural education of future generations.

In 1952, he married Norma Wright.  In 2009, their family  comprised of 3 children, Roger, Pamela Sullivan and Lee Anne Dougherty, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

 

 


My Role as a Leader in the Sons of the American Revolution

  
When I joined the Delaware Society in 1989, I was proudly motivated by having recently discovered that I had patriot ancestors in South Carolina who fought for independence.  I knew nothing about the SAR as an organization.  I was also negatively motivated by the trend in the popular culture towards revisionism and multiculturalism - “isms” that would destroy American cultural unity.  Our National Society had also become alarmed and had established a task force to “Preserve United States History.”  I adopted the SAR as the organization that “could make a difference.”  Since that time I have held essentially all the local and national leadership positions and tirelessly done my best to move the SAR from simply being a 100 year old lineage organization to one that practices outreach education using modern educational and communication techniques - one that employs professionals and produces content for modern media use.

Below are quotes and descriptions from my leadership that illustrate what I believe is a successful model for making the SAR a much more influential force in molding modern American culture.

SAR Magazine, Summer 2005 :    “The 115th Congress in Louisville was a great success and delegates left with a sense of unity and optimism regarding the steps being taken to fulfill the missions set forth in our Constitution.  Specifically I am referring to the ones concerning outreach education, “…to inspire … the community-at-large with a more profound reverence for the principles of the government founded by our forefathers … to foster true patriotism, to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom … .”

“Many of our members recognize the critical role the SAR must play in teaching Americanism now that government agencies and schools are failing to do so.  Fortunately, those of us in the SAR can still teach the value of unity in one American identity, and we can still teach the value of United States nationhood versus the impractical notions of multiculturalism and of world government.  We can – and we will – teach that it is special and good to be an American.

“Our missions are clear and all of us are patriotic Americans who are immensely proud of what our ancestors accomplished.  Unfortunately, only about 15% of membership participates in activities other than supporting the organization by paying dues.  Everyone’s membership is highly valued, but I cannot help but think how much more effective our Society would be if the participatory portion grew to 30%.  ….

“The SAR Foundation commissioned a study of our member’s perceptions of the SAR.  The results were not a surprise, but they were very therapeutic  - coming as they did from professionals who specialize in this type of work.  The study indicated that approximately 85% of our members (“certificate members”) are not knowledgeable about the SAR and its activities.  In general, we are all proud of our membership because of what our ancestor did, but only a small portion of us are proud of our membership because of what the SAR does today.  The reason for this disparity could be that the value of active SAR membership has not been taught to all members. ….

“The Center for Advancing America’s Heritage (CAAH) is the name used to describe the proposed expanded headquarters complex.  This includes our current headquarters building as well as the new library.  It will house all headquarters functions including an expanded museum and library, the web communications equipment and the educational outreach staff.  The purpose of the Center is to teach Americans the modern significance of our Revolutionary history and to perpetuate American freedom.”

The Distinguished Patriotic Leadership Award - We established this new award to further our influence in the community.  It was given twice during my term - to the San Diego Padres NL Baseball Organization and to the National Museum of Patriotism in Atlanta.  The award is always given in a prestigious ceremony at the recipients headquarters to the chief executive and owner in full view of the employees.  The local state or chapter organization nominates the recipient and arranges for the ceremony.  An ancillary purpose is for the NSSAR to develop a relationship with the owner, usually a person of considerable wealth and influence with the hope of furthering our mission.  For example, we met Nick Snider owner of the National Museum of Patriotism who provided invaluable insight concerning the location of our Center.  He was in the planning stages of moving his museum to a higher foot-traffic area in Atlanta.  I remember his advice well, “if you are interested in influencing people with your museum and educational galleries remember three things -location, location and location!

SAR Magazine, Winter 2006 - “…. (For our mission statement, see above.)  Our prophetic Compatriot Founders wrote these phrases a hundred years ago.  They are in our Congressional Charter and are signed by Compatriot Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States.  All our educational, historical and patriotic programs are based on the above charges.

“Today the SAR is on the front lines of a culture war between, on one hand, patriotic citizens who believe America is a force for good in this world and who are inspired by the lessons of our founding and on the other hand, those who opt out of the mainstream culture, are destructively critical and attempt to soothe us with talk of “impossible dreams” such as multiculturalism and world government.  These naysayers reject teaching our youth about the subjects in the above paragraph.  Instead, they revise history to suit their insidious agendas, teach feelings (guilt/blame) in place of facts and burden students with doubt without offering viable alternatives.  Unfortunately they are the thought leaders in most of our country’s educational systems.  This is why the educational mission of the SAR and other patriotic private organizations has risen to top priority in recent years.  Winning this culture war is the major justification for the Six (now read “Ten”) Million Dollar Capital Campaign. …. “

SAR Magazine, Spring 2005 - “Organizational Changes Envisioned - Success at this new role for the National Society will require some minor organizational changes.  It requires our members to think of National in a different way.  You can think of it as a culture change of sorts. The National Society will be producing educational outreach programs, staffed by professional educators and communicators and supported in part by grants.

“Let me summarize the key points I have made.  Times have changed and we must adapt to this modern reality.  Our Country needs us more than ever before, but to be successful in our mission we must adopt new methods.  These new methods must rely on modern mass media techniques, which require management of a centralized staff of professionals.  The idea is converting the National Society into an educational institution of sorts.  The tool is educational outreach programs to students and teachers and the community-at-large via a dedicated interactive website.  The name of this institution is The Center for Advancing America’s Heritage.”

I would like to conclude this report on my leadership role in the SAR by quoting a former President General, the late B. Rice Aston in his “I bid you farewell” message before his death. 

“These words dictate what the Sons of the American Revolution ought to be, what it can be, and what it must be: the preserver and standard bearer of our heritage and a humble messenger to the world of the blessings of freedom, liberty, and opportunity.”
 

 

President General 2007 - 2008: Bruce A Wilcox

I am a native of Michigan and entered the US Naval Academy from that state. Upon graduation in 1958 I was commissioned into the Navy and became a Naval Aviator. During my  career I served in various maritime patrol squadrons with operational deployments to the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Pacific theaters. Shore assignments included graduate school where I earned an MS Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, faculty duty at the US Naval Academy, and various research and development related assignments. After my retirement from the Navy in 1978 I served as a Defense Consultant until April, 2006, when I retired from active employment.   

In 1958 I married Theresa Schey of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, who has actively supported my military career and has vigorously supported my SAR activities. We have lived in Alexandria, Virginia, since 1971. We have three children, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild. I have been active with my Naval Academy Class organization serving as President of the Washington Chapter since 1990. 

I joined the Sons of the American Revolution in 1982 after genealogical research revealed that I descended from Capt John Hedges, his son Robert, and John Fitzgerald all of whom served in the American Revolution in the Virginia Militia. After serving in all chapter and major offices in the Virginia Society, I became active at the National level where I served as Virginia Trustee, Librarian General (three terms), Historian General (two terms), Registrar General, Treasurer General, Secretary General, and President General from July 2007 to July 2008. I served on the Executive Committee in 2008-2009 and am on the NSSAR Foundation for the period 2008-2011. I have served on and chaired many national committees. My awards include the Minuteman Award, Gold Good Citizenship Medal, War Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Patriot Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Silver Good Citizenship Medal (two awards), Virginia Society Medal (three awards), and Bronze Good Citizenship Medal, and Liberty Medal.

During my term as PG, in addition to visits to most of the districts and many states and chapters I led an SAR tour of 40 compatriots and guests to Scotland to visit and celebrate many sites important to John Paul Jones, father of the American Navy. My most significant accomplishment was initiation and development of a project to move the NSSAR Headquarters, library, and Center for Advancing America’s Heritage to a new location in the downtown area of Louisville. The project was initially approved by the Trustees in the Fall of 2007. A plan was developed and a building was purchased following approval by the Trustees at the Spring Meeting of 2008. During the remainder of my term a design team was organized and a design developed for the entire project. At the end of my term the task of raising sufficient funds to start construction was passed to my successor, David Appleby. I remained active as project manager of the effort and finally, after sufficient funds were raised to cover the initial phase of the project, a resolution was passed by the 2009 Congress to authorize construction of the library portion of the Center for Advancing America’s Heritage. The contract was signed and construction initiated on August 25, 2009. I look forward to the day when the CAAH is finally finished and serving as an American Revolution learning center for Louisville and the entire nation.

President General 2009 - 2010: Judge Edward F. Butler

 

 
Judge Edward F. “Ed” Butler is a native of Memphis, TN.    Ed was an active member of the Sigma Chi social fraternity at Ole Miss.  In 2005 the Sigma Chi Fraternity recognized him as a “Significant Sig” (along with John Wayne).  The Mississippi Governor presented him with a medal as the outstanding cadet from the Army, Navy and Air Force R.O.T.C. units in 1957.  At Ole Miss he was elected into the honorary leadership fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.
 
Ed joined the Air Force Reserve in 1954, and was discharged as a S.SGT. in 1962 after completing 8 years service.    He was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1963.  He served continuously in the Navy reserve for 27 years as a Naval Intelligence officer.  His military awards include the Naval Academy Commandant=s Award; Naval Academy Superintendent’s Award; Navy Commendation Medal (2); Air Force Reserve Commendation Medal; and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (3).  He retired in 1990 as a Commander (O-5).
 
Judge Butler attended Vanderbilt Univ. School of Law as a Ford Foundation Scholar.  He was elected to the honorary legal fraternity of Phi Delta Phi. He graduated with honors in 1961.  While at Vandy, he was editor of the law school newspaper.  He practiced law in Memphis, TN from 1963 through 1984, and was admitted to practice law in Texas in 1972.   Before going on the bench he was Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer.
 
Academically, he as served as an full Professor of Law at the Reynaldo Garza School of Law at Pan American University at Edinburg, TX; as Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis  Law School;  of Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Memphis, Shelby State Community College in Memphis, and the University of Texas at Brownsville, TX.
 
Judge Butler first wore his judicial robes in Memphis as a Juvenile Court Judge.  In Tennessee he served as a municipal, county and state judge.  There he was president of many organizations.
 
While living on South Padre Island, TX he served as Presiding Municipal Court Judge.  Frequently, he conducted court in Spanish.  He was elected President of the S.P.I. Merchants Assn; the Port Isabel-S.P.I. Chamber of Commerce and the Laguna Madre Republican Club.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Brownsville, TX Chamber.  He is a graduate of “Leadership Brownsville”.  In 1991 he received an appointment to the federal bench in Dallas.
 
 
Ed joined the SAR in 1986 and became a Perpetual Life Member ten years later.  He has been awarded dozens of SAR medals and awards, including the coveted Gold Good Citizenship Medal, Minuteman Medal, and the Gold National Distinguished Service Medal.  He has eight patriot ancestors.  He has served as SAR Ambassador to both Mexico and Spain (and founded SAR Societies in both nations); Genealogist General, Chancellor General, Treasurer General, Secretary General, and in July 2009 was unanimously elected as the 106th SAR President General.
 
Judge Butler and his lovely wife, Robin spent 14 months traveling around the world in 1997-1998, following his retirement.  They enjoy spending time with her two daughter and a grandson and granddaughter, and his two sons and granddaughter.  
 
Judge Butler has written two law books; a U.S. State Dept. Guide to Australia; an award winning book on the Butler family, and two family history books on his wife’s family.  He has had dozens of professional articles published in legal and medical journals. Many of his travel articles have been published in newspapers and magazines.  He is currently researching on his next family history book, and enjoys being a member of the Circumnavigators Club, Century Club, USA Today, Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast Travelers Advisory Panels. He has visited about 170 countries, and has published three books on travel.
 
Other groups which hold his interest include the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of the Temple of Jerusalem (Knights Templar), where he has served as both the Prior for Texas, and the Deputy Grand Prior; Order of Founders and Patriots (TX Treasurer); Sons of Confederate Veterans (former Camp Commander, Texas Division Parliamentarian); First Families of Maryland, Colonial Bench and Bar;  the Military Order of Stars and Bars (former National Deputy JAG); War of 1812 Society (Judge Advocate General); and the Society of Colonial Wars (Texas state Governor).  He is also a member of the Texas Society, Magna Charta Barons; Americans of Royal Descent; Colonial Order of the Crown; the Order of the Garter; the Huguenot Society and the Descendants of Washington=s Army at Valley Forge (former Judge Advocate General).
 
In this SAR Magazine, he authored many articles.  One was entitled “God Bless Texas”, in which he pointed out the connection between the heroes of the Alamo and their fathers and grandfathers who fought in the American Revolutionary War.  Another article was entitled “Spain’s participation to the American Revolutionary War”, including information about the Texas Connection to the American Revolutionary War.  Judge Butler was a charter member and organizer of The Texas Connection to the American Revolutionary War, and Founder and Charter Grand Viscount General of the Order of the Founders of North America 1492-1692.  
 
His mantra for his year as PG was “Modernize, Publicize, and Socialize”.  
 
Accomplishments of the 2009-2010 Leadership Team (by PG Butler)
 
The following is a list of accomplishments by my team in 2009-2010:
 
My theme for the year was “Honoring Spain” for its contributions to the American Revolutionary cause, which included several scholarly articles in the SAR Magazine.  He and First Lady Robin lead a group of 33 SAR members and wives from the US and 16 from Spain, on an historical tour of Spain, which included an audience with Crown Prince Filipe de Borbon.  
 
We chartered the new SAR Spain Society and conducted the Charter Ceremony in Madrid.
 
So that my message would reach as many members as possible, I visited large SAR chapters in my travels, e.g. Dallas, Houston, Austin, Tyler, and San Antonio, TX; Chicago, Philadelphia, Alexandria, VA, Shreveport, LA, and Cincinnati, OH.  I also visited many small chapters in California, Texas, New Mexico, New York, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Oklahoma. 
 
I traveled over 87,000 miles (@ 3 ½ times around the world) during 240 days.  The first lady accompanied me on all but a very few trips.  On behalf of the SAR during this year I spoke to over 70 audiences in 32 states, the Dist. Of Columbia, and five foreign countries.   Through this travel we also fermented closer ties with other patriotic lineage organizations
 
We negotiated a partnership agreement with the History Channel to work together to further our common goals.  
 
We entered  into an Agreement with The SAR France Society them to elevate their status to that of a partner with the NSSAR rather than that of a state society.   Robin and I led a small group to Paris for the Charter Ceremony.  The France SAR Society was so elated that they designed a SAR Medal to commemorate the granting of the charter.  
 
While in Europe we visited to the United Kingdom Society.   
 
We traveled to Landstuhl, Germany US Army hospital where we presented about 100 SAR Wounded Warrior coins to servicemen who had recently been wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan.  The Hospital Commander presented both Robin and I “Soldiers’ Angles” awards.
 
For the first time in SAR history, through the extensive use of the video camera, we were able to communicate directly with members of the SAR at the chapter level.  DVDs were created by our SAR Videographer, which included narration by me and excerpts of NSSAR Leadership Meetings, state meetings and conventions, parades, dedications, revolutionary war battle commemorations, grave markings, district meetings, chapter meetings and events.  Members were shown what went on at Congress. What better way to inform the general membership what we do all over the country?  
 
Also, each chapter received a master DVD which could be provided to all prospective members, so that they get a visual image of what the SAR does around the country.   Another first is that we started a SAR Video Archive of our History.  
 
The number of both membership and supplemental applications continued to increase to record breaking numbers.  In calendar year 2009 new applications exceeded 3,000 for the first time, and total applications reached a new high of over 4,000.
 
The number of members at the end of calendar year 2009 was the highest ever – almost 29,000.  
 
For the first time ever, a SAR PG presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Through the auspices of the DC Society, I will always cherish being the principal speaker at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington on the 267th birthday celebration of Thomas Jefferson.  
 
With the cooperation of the NJSSAR, we had an impressive grave marking of our third President General, Horace Porter.
 
We worked with the McConnell Center to create SAR kiosks to put George Washington back into the classrooms.  Hopefully, we will be able to obtain grants to provide these kiosks to each chapter.
 
I founded the SAR Wounded Warrior Program, which started with our visit to Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu (before our SAR Cruise through the Hawaiian Islands).  Hundreds of SAR Wounded Warrior coins and certificates have been presented to injured servicemen at military and VA hospitals all around the country and in Germany.  Included in this Wounded Warrior SAR Program was “Operation Ancestor Search”, where with the assistance of Ancestry.com, SAR members went into military hospitals to teach family history to wounded warriors.  This got their minds off their pain and family problems.
 
God Bless You - God Bless America - and God Bless the SAR.
 
Ed Butler