Any man shall be eligible for membership in this Society
who, being of the age of eighteen years or over and a
citizen of good repute in the community, is the lineal
descendant of an ancestor who was at all times unfailing
in loyalty to, and rendered active service in, the cause
of American independence, either as an officer, soldier,
seaman, Marine, militiaman or Minuteman, in the armed
forces of the Continental congress, or of any one of the
several Colonies or States, or as a signer of the
Declaration of Independence, or as a member of a Committee
of Safety or Correspondence, or as a member of any
Continental, Provincial or Colonial congress or
legislature, or as a recognized patriot who performed
actual service by overt acts of resistance to the
authority of Great Britain. The applicant must also be
personally acceptable to the Society.
The National Society of the
Sons of the American Revolution was incorporated January
17, 1890, in Connecticut and chartered by the United States
Congress on June 9, 1906. A number of state societies
were formed prior to this date during the 1880's. These
were organized under The Sons of Revolutionary Sires organized
in San Francisco on July 4, 1876. The first Congress of
the National Society took place in Louisville, Kentucky
on April 30, 1890, on the 100th anniversary of George
Washington's inauguration to the office of President of
the United States.
On April 30, 1990 The National
Society of the Sons of the American Revolution celebrated
the bicentennial of Washington's becoming President and
the centennial of the NSSAR.
The Tennessee Society of the
Sons of the American Revolution was organized on December
2, 1889, in Nashville, TN. The Society currently has
1200 active members in twenty-one Chapters located throughout
the state. In December 2014, the TNSSAR celebrated
it's 125th Anniversary.
Our Society is
dedicated to the purposes and goals that through our
enduring effort we inspire the community with a reverence
for the principles of the government founded by our
forefathers and recognize individuals who demonstrate
timeless qualities of these men and women by endeavoring
individuals for outstanding patriotic achievement
on a national, regional and local level.
For membership interest in the TNSSAR, please complete the simple
Interest Form, or contact a Chapter serving your
county by locating your county, district and chapter in
the TN SAR District Map, or for general information,
TN SAR Membership Secretary.
persons for outstanding bravery and self sacrifice in
the face of imminent danger.
outstanding high school students annually with presentation
of a Good Citizenship Award.
outstanding Junior & Senior ROTC cadets with presentation of the ROTC Award.
Law Enforcement officials for outstanding service with
a Law Enforcement Award.
outstanding Eagle Scout annually at the chapter for state
veterans in Veterans Hospitals.
an historical orations contest annually to select a state
SAR Markers at the grave sites of Revolutionary War Patriots
and SAR Members.
Revolutionary War Patriots with appropriate ceremonies.
in new citizenship swearing-in ceremonies.
with the National Society
Daughters of the American Revolution, Children
of the American Revolution and other hereditary organizations
in the promotion of patriotism.
Alsom you may vists the
Who Can Join? page of the SAR for additional details
including application worksheets and other information.