General Society of Colonial Wars
The Society of Colonial Wars is an hereditary society composed of men who trace their descents from forebears who, in military, naval, or civil positions of high trust and responsibility, by acts or counsel, assisted in the establishment, defense, and preservation of the mainland American colonies of Great Britain.
The General Society presently comprises some thirty-two constituent state societies. The organization was founded in New York in 1892, originally as a state society. The General Society was founded in 1893.
The total membership of state societies has for many years remained in the range of 4,000 to 4,500. Approximately 21,000 men have joined the organization during its history, including many prominent Americans. Members are typically well-educated and professionally accomplished.
The Society has long sought to improve public awareness of the importance of colonial events and individuals in the shaping of America. A number of monuments, plaques, and other markers have been installed by the Society at provenient sites. The Society also funds research and educational initiatives of colonial relevance. In recent years, the goal of improving understanding of the colonial period has additionally been addressed by Samuel Victor Constant Fellowships, awarded annually for postgraduate study of colonial American history.
To be eligible for membership in the Society an individual must be a male over age 18 who is lineally descendant from a person who served either in a military capacity or held public office in one of the original 13 colonies prior to the American Revolution.
- Sherman Adams – Governor of New Hampshire and White House Chief of Staff.
- Thomas R. Ball – U.S. Congressman.
- Henry M. Baker – U.S. Congressman.
- William W. Barbour – United States Senator.
- Franklin Bartlett – U.S. Congressman.
- James Phinney Baxter – Mayor of Portland, Maine.
- Howard R. Bayne Member of the New York State Senate.
- Robert W. Bingham – United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
- Henry S. Boutell – U.S. Congressman.
- Private Morgan Bulkeley, USV – Governor of Connecticut, United States Senator and insurance executive.
- Melville Bull – U.S. Congressman.
- Colonel Louis R. Cheney, CTM – Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut.
- Colonel Samuel Pomeroy Colt, RIM – Rhode Island Attorney General, militia officer, businessman and politician.
- Chauncey Depew – United States Senator.
- Lieutenant Commander Clarence D. Dillon, USN – Secretary of the Treasury.
- Colonel Richard Thomas Walker Duke, CSA – United States Senator
- Captain Henry A. du Pont, USA – United States Senator.
- Brigadier General Elisha Dyer, Jr., RIM – Governor of Rhode Island.
- Charles P. Farnsley – U.S. Congressman.
- Ignatius Cooper Grubb – Delaware Secretary of State
- Major General Curtis Guild, Jr., MVM – Governor of Massachusetts and militia general.
- Carter H. Harrison – Mayor of Chicago.
- Henry Oscar Houghton– Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- Hamilton Fish Kean – United States Senator.
- Charles Dean Kimball – Governor of Rhode Island and U.S. Congressman.
- Levi P. Morton – Vice President of the United States and Governor of New York.
- Truman Handy Newberry – Secretary of the Navy, United States Senator.
- Captain Claiborne Pell, USCGR – United States Senator.
- Thomas C. Platt – United States Senator.
- L. Bradford Prince – Governor of New Mexico Territory and New York State Senator.
- Josiah Quincy – Mayor of Boston.
- Stanley F. Reed – U.S. Supreme Court associate justice.
- Henry Roberts – Governor of Connecticut.
- Elihu Root – U.S. Secretary of State and Secretary of War.
- Colonel Edward Curtis Smith – Governor of Vermont
- H. Alexander Smith – United States Senator.
- Henry Stockbridge, Jr. – United States Representative.
- Paul Suttell – Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
- Henry L. Wilson – Ambassador.
- Charles S. Whitman – Governor of New York
- Roger Wolcott – Governor of Massachusetts
- Urban A. Woodbury – Governor of Vermont
- J. Butler Wright – Ambassador.
- Rear Admiral Walter Wyman, MHS – Surgeon General of the United States.
- Admiral of the Navy George Dewey – Hero of the Battle of Manila Bay.
- Vice Admiral Stuart H. Ingersoll – President of the Naval War College.
- Major General John R. Brooke – Veteran of the Civil War and Spanish–American War.
- Major General Francis Fessenden – Civil War general.
- Major General William B. Franklin – Union Army officer and Vice President of Colt Firearms.
- Major General Frederick Dent Grant – Son of President Ulysses S. Grant.
- Major General Robert E. Noble, MC – Career Army medical officer. Recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal.
- Major General Joseph Wheeler – Confederate Lieutenant General, U.S. Army Major General and Congressman.
- Major General Leonard Wood - Medal of Honor recipient and U.S. Army Chief of Staff.
- Rear Admiral John R. Bartlett, USN – Oceanographer.
- Rear Admiral Richard Worsam Meade, USN
- Rear Admiral Joseph B. Murdock, USN
- Rear Admiral Francis A. Roe – Career Navy officer.
- Rear Admiral Aaron Ward – Career Navy officer.
- Brevet Major General Adelbert Ames – Governor of and Senator from Mississippi.
- Brevet Major General Absalom Baird – Civil War general and Medal of Honor recipient.
- Brevet Major General Isaac S. Catlin – Civil War veteran and Medal of Honor recipient.
- Brevet Major General Theodore S. Peck – Civil War veteran and Medal of Honor recipient.
- Brigadier General Charles Wheaton Abbot, Jr. – Adjutant General of Rhode Island.
- Brigadier General Richard Napoleon Batchelder – Medal of Honor recipient.
- Brigadier General Joseph Lancaster Brent, CSA – California State Assembly member.
- Brigadier General Edgar S. Dudley
- Brigadier General Morris Cooper Foote
- Brigadier General James Forney, USMC
- Brevet Brigadier General Charles R. Brayton – Political boss of Rhode Island.
- Colonel William Seward Webb – Inspector General of the Vermont Militia.
- Captain Vincent Astor, USNR – Husband of Brooke Astor.
- Captain Alfred Brooks Fry, USNR – Marine engineer.
- Brevet Colonel Johnston de Peyster – Union Army officer.
- Commander Guy Castle, USN – Medal of Honor recipient.
- Lieutenant Colonel John Jacob Astor IV, USV – Heir to the Astor fortune. Died on the RMS Titanic.
- Major Archibald Butt – U.S. Army officer and presidential aide. Died on the RMS Titanic.
- Major Alexander M. Wetherill – Career Army officer.
- Francis Ellingwood Abbot – Philosopher and theologian.
- Willard Bartlett – Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
- Henry L. P. Beckwith, Jr. – Genealogist and historian.
- George Madison Bodge – Author and historian.
- John Nicholas Brown I – Philanthropist.
- Samuel Victor Constant – Founder of the Society of Colonial Wars.
- Reverend Alexander Hamilton – Episcopalian priest.
- Rowland Hazard III – Business executive.
- Norman Isham – Architectural Historian.
- Right Reverend William Stevens Perry – Second Episcopalian bishop of the Diocese of Iowa.
- Alexander Hamilton Rice, Jr. – Explorer.
- William Watts Sherman – Socialite.
- Henry Dexter Sharpe – Industrialist
- Henry A. Stearns (1825–1910), Rhode Island industrialist.
- John Austin Stevens – Founder of the Sons of the Revolution.
- Henry Benjamin Whipple – First Episcopal bishop of Minnesota.
- Theodore Salisbury Woolsey – Yale law professor.
- "Honoring our Colonial History: Tablets, Monuments, and Memorials Placed by the Society of Colonial Wars 1892-2010", Andrew Ross Huston, Editor. General Society of Colonial Wars, 2011. ISBN 978-1-59932-206-3.
- "Society of Colonial Wars: 1892-1992 -- The Centennial History" by General Society of Colonial Wars (1992); Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 92-080911