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Constitution Chapter

Washington, DC

 

Organized April 26, 1898 * Chartered November 28, 1898

Meetings held 2nd Saturday of each month at 12:00 Noon

Chapter Theme: "Making History Alive"

Each regular meeting includes Devotions, patriotic exercises, the President General's Message,
and a 3-minute National Defense report.

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Chapter Officers

Regent

Elizabeth Gable Hicks

Vice Regent

Susan Lowry

Chaplain

Marguerite Clossman

Recording Secretary

Stephanie Leigh Green

Corresponding Secretary

Stephanie Leigh Green

Treasurer

Ellen Schou

Registrar

Jameila Al-Hujazi

Historian

Helen White

 

Chapter History

 

On April 26, 1898, a group of seven women met at 1012 13th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., for the purpose of organizing a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, whose main objective would be the study of the Constitution of the United States. These women believed that sincere patriotism called for strict adherence to the Charter under which this great Republic had been built from feeble infancy to primacy in the family of nations. Three of these women were descendants of men who had helped build the U.S. Frigate, "Constitution," which was launched October 21, 1797. It was therefore appropriate that "Constitution" should be chosen as the name for the new Chapter.

 

On November 28, 1898, Constitution became the ninth chapter in the District of Columbia, Daughters of the American Revolution, with a chapter membership of thirteen.

 

Mrs. Elijah Caleb Foster, Organizing Regent, an able lawyer, prominent speaker, and leading Republican woman of this country, was a member of the faculty of the Washington College of Law, where she served on the Board of Trustees. She traveled extensively, having visited China, Japan, India, and Italy on a trip around the world with Secretary Taft. Later she was appointed by President Taft to head the Child Labor Bureau.

 

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