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
Hanson 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 twelve chapters:

Captain James Neal Chapter, Parkersburg, Wood County

Captain Ralph Stewart Chapter, Oceana, Wyoming County

Daniel Boone Chapter, Charleston, Kanawha County

Fort Henry Chapter, Wheeling, Ohio County

General Adam Stephen Chapter, Martinsburg, Berkeley County

General Andrew Lewis Chapter, Huntington, Cabell and Wayne Counties

General Hugh Mercer Chapter, Princeton, Mercer County

George Rogers Clark Chapter,  Clarksburg, Harrison County

Greenbrier Valley Chapter, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County

John Beckley Chapter, Beckley, Raleigh County

Point Pleasant Chapter, Point Pleasant, Mason County

Tygart Valley Chapter, Elkins, Randolph County.

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.

2020-21 Officers

President: John A. Turley, MD; (304) 844-8627; Charleston, WV

First Vice President: Rhendal C. Butler; (540) 529-1770; Roanoke, VA

Second Vice President: Richard I. Greathouse; (304) 548-7952; Clendenin, WV

Secretary-Treasurer: Harold T. Cox, Jr.; (304) 464-5092; Parkersburg, WV

Registrar: Henry Louis Ruf III; (513) 765-2648; West Chester, OH

Chancellor: William W. Booker; (304) 342-5024; Charleston, WV

Historian: Douglas Wayne Harvey; (304) 466-0429; Hinton, WV

Chaplain: Robert K. Grumbling; (304) 675-2113; Southside, WV

Board of Management

2021: Martin L. Keesecker; (304) 263-4721; Martinsburg, WV, General Adam Stephen Chapter

2021: Harold T. Cox, Jr.; (304) 464-5092; Parkersburg, WV, Captain James Neal Chapter

2022: Robert G. Tilley; (681) 207-2117; Daniels, WV, Captain Ralph Stewart Chapter

2022: Randall L. McGill; (304) 675-7079; Point Pleasant, WV, Point Pleasant Chapter

2023: Gregory E. Michael; (304) 522-4736; Huntington, WV, General Adam Lewis Chapter

2023: George E. Hunter; (304) 763-4915; Shady Spring, WV, Captain Ralph Stewart Chapter

Editor, WVSSAR News: Thomas J. Galloway; (304) 697-5363, Huntington, WV, General Adam Lewis Chapter

Color Guard Commander: Edward A. Cromley IV, (304) 593-6613, Point Pleasant, WV, Point Pleasant Chapter

National Trustee: Harold T. Cox, (304) 464-5092, Parkersburg, WV, Captain James Neal Chapter