About the Rhode Island Chapter

Our Mission



The Sons of the Revolution was founded in 1876 by members of the Society of the Cincinnati wishing to broaden participation in preserving the American Heritage on the eve of this country's centennial. Its mission is to promote knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American independence and to foster fellowship among its members. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization devoted to the principles and ideals of its founders, the modern Society maintains its headquarters, in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia with 30 societies in the United States and Europe.


The Rhode Island Society was formed in Newport on August 29, 1896. The Rhode Island Society was founded on September 26, 1896, by the following Newport gentlemen:W. Walter Sherman, John P. Sanborn, E.W. Higher, Frederick Tompkins, Horatio R. Storer, Frederick P. Garrettson, Risbrough Hammett Tilley, David Stevens, William Green Ward, Jr., Samuel P. Colt, Henry L. Greene, Charles Howland Russell, O.H.P. Belmont, Joshua Wilbour, William L. Tilley and Perry Tiffany.

The Rhode Island Sons of the Revolution host an Independence Day celebration at Newport's historic Washington Square.
Below: Newport Artillery Company salutes the Revolution and General Washington who reviewed the troops here.

Rhode Island Sons of the Revolution

Bruce C. MacGunnigle
1st Vice President: Roy Lauth
2nd Vice President: John W. Adams
Secretary: Ronald W. Barnes
Treasurer: F. Bruce Westgate
: Bruce C. MacGunnigle
Registrar: John T. Duchesneau

President Emeritus: Col. Frank S. Hale, II

Rhode Island Chapter Email    rhodeislandsons@gmail.com

When emailing, be sure to put Sons of the Revolution in the Subject line.

How to Join the RISR

Any male person of good character, and lineal descendant of one who, as a military, naval or marine officer, soldier, sailor, or marine, in actual service, under the authority of any of the thirteen Colonies or States or of the Continental Congress, and remaining always loyal to such authority, or a lineal descendant of one who signed the Declaration of Independence, or of one who, as a member of the Continental Congress, or of the Congress of any of the Colonies or States, or as an official appointed by or under the authority of any such legislative bodies, actually assisted in the establishment of American Independence by services rendered during the War of the Revolution, becoming thereby liable to conviction of treason against the Government of Great Britain, but remaining always loyal to the authority of the Colonies or States, or, who served honorably in a military or naval expedition against the British during the War of the Revolution under the authority of the French or Spanish Governments shall be eligible to membership in the Society. Both Senior and Junior (the latter under the age of eighteen years) memberships are available.

For information on joining the Rhode Island Chapter, refer to the "Qualifications for Membership" at the site of The General Society Sons of the Revolution.

General Society Sons of the Revolution www.sr1776.org/
Qualifications for Membership www.sr1776.org/membership.php

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modified November 4, 2012, September 11, 2013, October 26, 2013, , October 26, 2014  fbw