About the WVSSAR

About the West Virginia Society of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

When the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was formed in New York City on April 30, 1889, representatives of the State of West Virginia were present.

The West Virginia Society of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was organized on January 31, 1890. Its officers and charter members were:

Officers:
John J. Jacob – President
George L. Cranmer – Secretary and Registrar
Robert White – Treasurer

Charter Members:
Arthur O. Baker – member #3137
Harry C. Caldwell – member #3129
Friend Cox – member #3139
Gibson L. Cranmer – member #3127
Jacob E. Curtis – member #3138
George C. Dewey – member #3136
Orville C. Dewey – member #3131
Samuel F. Faris – member #3140
John J. Jacob – member #3128
Daniel Z. Philip – member #3135
W. H. H. Stanberry – member #3134
William Tucker – member #3130
Robert White – member #3126
Nanson W. Zane – member #3132
Orloff L. Zane – member #3133

The West Virginia Society had become inactive for a number of years since it was first organized in 1890 but it was re-activated on February 26, 1927, when it received its new charter from the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Since that time, the West Virginia Society membership has steadily increased.

In 1947, the West Virginia Society hosted the 57th Annual Congress of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, which was held at Huntington, West Virginia. The 57th Congress at Hungtinton had the largest number of registered delegates and guests of any Congress held before 1947.

Currently, the West Virginia Society is composed of eleven chapters:

Captain James Neal Chapter which is located in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia
Captain Ralph Stewart Chapter which is located in Oceana, Wyoming County, West Virginia
Daniel Boone Chapter which is located in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia
Fort Henry Chapter which is located in Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia
General Adam Stephen Chapter which is located in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia
General Adrew Lewis Chapter which is located in Huntington, Cabell and Wayne Counties, West Virginia
General Hugh Mercer Chapter which is located in Princeton, Mercer County, West Virginia
George Rogers Clark Chapter which is located in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia
Greenbrier Valley Chapter which is located in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, West Virginia
Point Pleasant ChapterĀ  which is located in Point Pleasant, Mason County, W.V.
Tygart Valley Chapter which is located in Elkins, Randolph County, W.V.

In 2012, the West Virginia Society of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution was awarded the prestigious Colorado Award.
The Colorado Award is presented to the state society with the highest percentage of increase in membership among states with more than 100 members.