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Main article: "Larz Anderson House
The Society makes Anderson House and its ballroom available for private events.

The Society is headquartered in the Anderson House, also known as Larz Anderson House, at 2118 "Massachusetts Avenue, "NW in the "Dupont Circle neighborhood of "Washington, D.C. The Anderson House also serves as a Society museum and research library. It is located on the "Embassy Row section, near international embassies.

Anderson House was built between 1902 and 1905 as the winter residence of "Larz Anderson, an American diplomat, and his wife, "Isabel Weld Perkins, an author and "American Red Cross volunteer. The architects Arthur Little and Herbert Browne of "Boston designed Anderson House in the "Beaux-Arts style. Anderson House was listed on the "National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and was further designated a "National Historic Landmark in 1996.[27][28]

The Society's museum collections include portraits, armaments, and personal artifacts of Revolutionary War soldiers; commemorative objects; objects associated with the history of the Society and its members, including Society of the Cincinnati china and insignia; portraits and personal artifacts of members of the Anderson family; and artifacts related to the history of the house, including the "U.S. Navy's occupation of it during "World War II.


The library of the Society of the Cincinnati collects, preserves, and makes available for research printed and manuscript materials relating to the military and naval history of the eighteenth century and early nineteenth century, with a particular concentration on the people and events of the "American Revolution and the War of 1812. The collection includes a variety of modern and rare materials including official military documents, contemporary accounts and discourses, manuscripts, maps, graphic arts, literature, and many works on naval art and science. In addition, the library is the home to the archives of the Society of the Cincinnati as well as a collection of material relating to Larz and Isabel Anderson. The library is open to researchers by appointment.

American Independence Museum[edit]

The Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire owns and operates through a board of governors the "American Independence Museum in "Exeter, New Hampshire. The American Independence Museum is a private, not-for-profit institution whose mission is to provide a place for the study, research, education and interpretation of the American Revolution and of the role that New Hampshire, Exeter, and the Gilman family played in the founding of the new republic. Museum collections include two rare drafts of the U.S. Constitution, an original "Dunlap Broadside of the United States Declaration of Independence, as well as an original "Badge of Military Merit, awarded by George Washington to soldiers demonstrating extraordinary bravery. Exhibits highlight the Society of the Cincinnati, the nation’s oldest veterans’ society, and its first president, George Washington. Permanent collections include American furnishings, ceramics, silver, textiles and military ephemera. See below for a link to the museum.


Notable original members[edit]

Notable hereditary members[edit]

Military and naval officers[edit]

Government officials[edit]


Notable honorary members[edit]

Since its inception, the Society of the Cincinnati has allowed for honorary members to be admitted who have distinguished themselves in military or public service.

Presidents of the United States[edit]

Note - Every president who served in the eras of 1885 to 1923 (38 years) and from 1929 to 1953 (24 years) was an honorary member of the Society. Presidents George Washington and James Monroe were original members of the Society and President Franklin Pierce was an hereditary member. Zachary Taylor was admitted as an honorary member of the New York Society in 1847, and could have been a hereditary member of the Virginia Society by right of his father, Lieutenant Colonel "Richard Taylor (d. 1826), had it been active at the time of his father's death.

Navy officers[edit]

Marine Corps officers[edit]

Army officers[edit]

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  1. ^ Text: "Be it known that — is a Member of the Society of the Cincinnati, instituted by the Officers of the American Army, at the Period of its Dissolution, as well as to commemorate the great Event which gave Independence to North America, as for the laudable Purpose of inculcating the Duty of laying down in Peace Arms assumed for public Defence, and of uniting in Acts of brotherly Affection, and Bonds of perpetual Friendship the Members constituting the same. In Testimony whereof I, the President of the said Society, have hereunto set my Hand at — in the State of — this — Day of — Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and — and in the Year of the Independence of the United States. By order, — Secretary."
  2. ^ Lewis, Alonzo Norton. The Venerable and Illustrious Order of the Cincinnati : "Omnia reliquit servare rempublicam." : 1783-1900 : History of the Connecticut State Society, Hartford, Conn., 1900.
  3. ^ Register of the Society of the Cincinnati of Maryland. "Baltimore, Maryland: Order of the Society. 1897. p. 78. 
  4. ^ Register of the Society of the Cincinnati of Maryland. "Baltimore, Maryland: Order of the Society. 1897. p. 96. 
  5. ^ 3.^"John Austin Stevens, Founder, First President". (New York: Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York Inc.). 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2010. "John Austin Stevens, Founder, First President". (New York: Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York Inc.). 2002-9. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  6. ^ The Society of the Cincinnati, Original Members Retrieved 22 NOV 2016
  7. ^ The Society of the Cincinnati, Original Members Retrieved 22 NOV 2016
  8. ^ Kim Torp (February 6, 2007). "THE SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI - History, Constitution, First Officers, First Members - presented by Genealogy Trails". Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ Institution of the Society of the Cincinnati: Formed by the Officers of the ... - John Schuyler. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Virginia Society of the Cincinnati". The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Virginia Historical Society. 6: 22–29. July 1898. "JSTOR 4242109. 
  11. ^ Autograph letter signed. Pierre L'Enfant to Baron de Steuben, June 10, 1783. Society of the Cincinnati Archives, Washington, D.C.
  12. ^ "Sotheby's to Sell Badge Owned by Washington and Lafayette". Maine Antique Digest. 
  13. ^ "Washington medal sells in NYC for $5.3M". Associated Press. December 11, 2007. 
  14. ^ "Title 10 - Armed Forces" (PDF). p. 707. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  15. ^ William Doyle, Aristocracy and its enemies in the age of revolution, Oxford University Press, 2009, p. 102ff.
  16. ^ Doyle, 2009, p. 114ff.
  17. ^ Doyle, 2009, p. 133ff.
  18. ^ Petersen (ed.), Writings of Benjamin Franklin, p. 1084
  19. ^ "The Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, reported by James Madison", 25 July 1787, Yale Law School
  20. ^ Doyle, 2009, p. 122.
  21. ^ Doyle, 2009, p. 123.
  22. ^ Doyle, 2009, p. 115-16.
  23. ^ Doyle, 2009, p. 117-18.
  24. ^ Doyle, 2009, p. 131.
  25. ^ "The Society of the Cincinnati". Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  26. ^ "The Society of the Cincinnati: Strategic Vision". Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Anderson House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. "National Park Service. Retrieved February 22, 2009. 
  28. ^ "National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 


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