Historical Publications:

Click HERE for the first RISR Record book 1896-1898.

Click HERE for the Second RISR Year Book 1902.

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 schedule of events for 2020:

Saturday, February 22, 2020
We celebrate the 287th birthday of George Washington, at the statue of George Washington on the grounds of the Redwood Library, 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.

11:30 am The short ceremony includes a wreath laying, and begins with a Color Guard and closes with a Musket Salute, both provided by the Artillery Company of Newport.

12:00 pm After the ceremony we will gather at the La Forge Casino Restaurant, 186 Bellevue Avenue, for our traditional toasts, and Dutch-Treat luncheon, ordered from the menu. (Members and invited guests)

Saturday, May 9, 2020
We celebrate the 244th Anniversary of Rhode Island Independence Day, with a luncheon at the Conanicut Yacht Club, 40 Bay View Drive, Jamestown.

11:30 am Social Hour

12:00 pm Traditional toasts and Luncheon, followed by our speaker

Saturday, July 4, 2020

We continue an over 100-year tradition of hosting the Newport Independence Day Celebration, with the following a la carte activities:

9:15 am Short Ceremony by DAR/SR at the grave of Declaration of Independence signer William Ellery at the Common Burial Ground, followed by a Musket Salute by Artillery Company of Newport

10:00 am Old Colony House open for tours ~ (Restrooms available at Brick Marketplace)

10:00 am Newport Community Band Concert, at Washington Square, Peter Davis, Conductor

11:00 am Reading of the Declaration of Independence by Col. Roy Lauth, our 1st Vice President, from the front steps of the Old Colony House

12:00 pm 21-Gun Paul Revere Cannon Salute at Washington Square by the Artillery Company of Newport

1:00 pm Dutch-Treat luncheon for members and invited guests at the historic White Horse Tavern

Saturday, August 15, 2020
Our 124th Annual Meeting and Luncheon in recognition of the 242nd anniversary of the historic 1778 Battle of Rhode Island, (the largest land battle in the American Revolution), will be held at the
Wanumetonomy Country Club, 152 Browns Lane, Middletown.

11:30 am Social Hour

12:00 pm Traditional Toasts, followed by Luncheon, a very brief Annual Meeting, and our Speaker

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

President: Roy D. Lauth
1st Vice President: Ronald W. Barnes
2nd Vice President: Jeffrey K. Harrington
Secretary: Joseph D. Brennan, Jr.
Treasurer: John W. Adams
: John Hattendorf
Registrar: Glenn Russell
Surgeon: Daniel S. Harrop, III M.D.


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.

Click HERE for the SR Membership Application

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


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