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About   Organization


Organized in Fredericksburg, Virginia, October 6, 1783
Last meeting of original society held in Richmond,
May 14, 1824
Reorganized in Richmond, May 13, 1886
Readmitted as a constituent society by the General Society,
May 10, 1899
Incorporated by the Commonwealth of Virginia,
January 2, 1936

On October 6, 1783, officers of the Virginia Continental Line gathered at the Town House in Fredericksburg to consider the proposals of the Society's Institution. The founding meeting stretched on for four days, during which the Virginians "pledged to each other their sacred honor" by signing their names to the Institution, thus becoming the tenth constituent society to form. On the last day of the meeting, the Virginia Cincinnati elected their first officers: Maj. Gen. Horatio Gates, president; Brig. Gen. Peter Muhlenberg, vice president; Lt. Col. Oliver Towles, secretary; Lt. Edward Carrington, treasurer; and Capt. Henry Young, assistant treasurer.

In 1784, the Virginia Society voted to adopt the amended Institution that had been proposed at the first General Meeting, which did away with the provision for hereditary membership. Although the amended Institution was never ratified, the early Virginia Society, perhaps in deference to President General George Washington, did not admit a hereditary member.

In the early years of the nineteenth century, the Virginia Society began planning for what it called its "natural dissolution." This took place in 1824, when the remaining members disbanded their society and donated the bulk of their treasury, about $25,000, to Washington College (now Washington and Lee University). After six decades, the Virginia Society was reorganized by descendants of the original members and was readmitted to the General Society in 1899.

Society Officers

for the Triennium 2016 - 2019

  • President General

    Jonathan Tufts Woods
    New Hampshire Society
  • Vice President General

    William Pless Lunger
    North Carolina Society
  • Secretary General

    John Christopher Harvey
    New Jersey Society
  • Treasurer General

    Frank Keech Turner, Jr.
    Maryland Society
  • Assistant Secretary General

    Joel Thomas Daves IV
    Virginia Society
  • Assistant Treasurer General

    Peter Mapes Dodge
    New York Society