National Society United States Daughters of 1812

Liberty, Fraternity & Unity Since 1892

About Us



Daughters participate in public commemoration events.



Members honor War of 1812 veterans by performing grave marking ceremonies.



Tennesse Daughters lay a wreath at the graves of Andrew and Rachel Jackson, annually.



Members have fun learning about history by taking exciting tours! 

Purpose: 

The United States Daughters of 1812,  founded in 1892, is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving and increasing knowledge of the history of the American people by the preservation of documents and relics, marking of historic spots, recording of family histories and traditions, celebration of patriotic anniversaries, teaching and emphasizing the heroic deeds of the civil, military, and naval life of those who molded this Government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812, to urge Congress to compile and publish authentic records of men in civil, military, and naval service from 1784 to 1815 inclusive, and to maintain at National Headquarters In Washington D.C., a museum and library of memorabilia of the 1784-1815 period.


Founded: 


January 8, 1892, by Flora Adams Darling.  Incorporated by an act of Congress on February 25, 1901.

Motto:


Liberty, Fraternity, and Unity.

Our Colors: 

Blue and Gray.  The blue represents the color worn by the Navy durng the War of 1812 and the gray represents the color warn by the Army.    

Our Flower:


The white carnation.  

Our Insignia: 

The insignia of the Society is a single star resting upon an anchor encircled with a narrow gold bank - the Star of Hope upon the Anchor of Faith within the circle of Friendship. The insignia is suspended from the blue and gray ribbon one and one-half inches wide. The blue represents the color worn by the Navy during the War of 1812 and the gray represents the color worn by the Army. Previous to this war army goods had been brought from England.  When the war prevented the importation of such goods, they had to be manufactured in America.  Some error in the dyeing process produced the bluish gray of our colors, the same gray which in now worn by the cadets at West Point.

 

Membership


Over 5,365 members, 42 state societies, and over 162 chapters.

Eligibility for Membership: 

Admission to membership in the National Society is by invitation after an affirmative vote by the chapter or state society. Applicants shall have the endorsement of two members in good standing to whom the applicant is personally known.

Management:


President National, Virginia Louise Apyar

The National Society is led by the President National and an Executive Board of 14 Officers National. In addition to rulings by the Executive Board, policy for the Society is made by the National Board of Directors, a body composed of the Officers National, the State Presidents, Honorary Presidents National, and the elected Trustees of the National Headquarters Endowment Trust Fund. The National Board of Directors meets yearly at the U.S.D. of 1812 headquarters, in Washington D.C.

Most of the U.S.D. of 1812's volunteer work is accomplished under a committee system comprised of a chairman national appointed by the President National, and locally appointed state and chapter chairmen.

Associate Council, the United States Daughters of 1812 annual national meeting, is held yearly, in Washington D.C., during the month of April.