The Sons of the Revolution was organized in New York on December 18, 1875, primarily by leading members of the Society of the Cincinnati (founded by George Washington and Henry Knox) in order to broaden participation in preserving the American Heritage. The Sons opened its membership to all sons of enlisted men, as well as officers and all descendants of other qualifying patriots, who risked their lives during the Revolution.
The General Society Sons of the Revolution was formed by the New York, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia Societies at a meeting on April 19, 1890, in Washington, DC, following conferences held in 1888 to devise an organizational structure that would provide a satisfactory continuation of local autonomy and national unity to the several State Societies.
The North Carolina Society was chartered in Raleigh, NC, on November 21, 1893.
To preserve for succeeding generations the freedom and democratic government for which our forefathers fought.
To develop awareness of and interest in the beginnings of our nation.
To recall the sacrifices that accompanied its birth.
To underscore the wisdom which devised the system of checks and balances that provides opportunity and freedom for all.
Object of the Society of the Sons of the Revolution
It being evident, from the steady decline of a proper celebration of the National Holidays of the United States of America, that popular concern in the events and men of the War of the Revolution is gradually declining, and that such lack of interest is attributable, not so much to the lapse of time and the rapid increase of immigration from foreign countries, as to the neglect, on the part of descendants of Revolutionary heroes, to perform their duty in keeping before the public mind the memory of the services of their ancestors and of the times in which they lived; therefore, the Society of Sons of the Revolution has been instituted to perpetuate the memory of the men who, in the military, naval and civil service of the colonies and of the Continental Congress, by their acts or counsel, achieved the Independence of the country, and to the proper celebration of the anniversaries of the birthday of Washington, and of prominent events connected with the War of the Revolution; to collect and secure for preservation the rolls, records and other documents relating to that period; to inspire the members of the Society with the patriotic spirit of their forefathers; and to promote the feeling of friendship among them.
The Society of the Sons of the Revolution has been instituted to perpetuate the memory of the men who, in the military, naval and civil service of the colonies and of the Continental Congress, by their acts or counsel, achieved the Independence of the country, and to the proper celebration of the anniversaries of the birthday of Washington, and of prominent events connected with the War of the Revolution; to collect and secure for preservation the rolls, records and other documents relating to that period; to inspire the members of the Society with the patriotic spirit of their forefathers; and to promote the feeling of friendship among them.
President: Augustus E. Succop III (*)
Vice President: Randall E. Sprinkle (*)
Secretary: Gary L. Hall (*)
Treasurer: Andrew C. Smith(*)
Chancellor: Carlton M. Mansfield, Esq(*)
Registrar: John Robert Harman, Jr. (*)
Historian: W. Daniel Pate
Chaplain: Russell H. McCullough, III (*)
Captain of the Color Guard Pro Tem: Daniel Hopping
* Executive Committee
2023 - David L. Gellatly
2023 - W. Timothy Lattimore
2023 - Ronald W. Steele
2024 – E. Allen James
2024 – Charles R. Odom
2024 – Frank B. Powell III
2025 - J. Robert Boykin, III
2025 - J. Randall May
2025 - Joseph A. Steele
Daniel L. Hopping (2014 - 2018)
John S. McKee IV (2013 - 2014)
P. Jeffrey Lambert (2006 - 2013)
LTC Franklin N. Horton, USA (Ret.) (2004 - 2006)
Robert "Doc" Sprinkle II (2002 - 2004)
James B. Ebert, Sc. D. (2000 - 2002)
LT Thomas W. Johnson, USN (Ret.) (1998 - 2002)
George C. Warren (1996 - 1998)
US AMB Findley Burns, Jr. (1992 - 1994)
John Hull McLean (1991 - 1992)
CAPT Sherman W. Betts, USN (Ret.) (1989 - 1991)
Cyril G. Cogswell (1984 - 1989)
E. Cheslun Crow III, Chairman
Scott W. Kennedy, Ed.D.
President: Augustus E. Succop III
Vice President: David C. Boggs, Esq.
Treasurer: Jay A. Joyce
President: Edward Allen James
Vice President: Hollis Posey
Secretary: John Huss
Chaplain/Historian: Frank B. Powell III
Carlton Mansfield, Chairman
Augustus E. Succop III
Randy Sprinkle, Chairman
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General Wm. Lee Davidson Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of North Carolina (SRNC) and Central Piedmont Community College, the General Wm. Lee Davidson Patriotic Scholarship Award intends to increase the knowledge of the American Revolution in North Carolina and its impact in American History.
The General Wm. Lee Davidson Patriotic Scholarship Award is a one-time scholarship award of $500 or more that may be used only at Central Piedmont and will be applied toward tuition and required fees first and may be used at the college bookstore for required textbooks if tuition/fees are already paid or will be paid from other financial aid sources.
To be considered for the General Wm. Lee Davidson Patriotic Scholarship Award, an applicant must:
1. Currently be enrolled as a Central Piedmont student or a high school student.
2. Complete the Central Piedmont General Scholarship Application and then apply for the General Wm. Lee Davidson Patriotic Scholarship Award by May 1 of each year.
3. Submit a full academic paper of approximately 4-6 pages dealing with the impact and importance of North Carolina History in the context of Colonial through the Revolutionary Era (1770-1783). A list of suggested topics is provided. A minimum of five sources are required, including primary documents.
4. The completed paper is submitted to: Central Piedmont, Attn: Dr. Hugh Dussek, Cato Campus, P.O. Box 35009, Charlotte, NC 28235, firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15 of the entry year.
The submitted papers are reviewed by a committee and an awardee selected. The award is presented at the Annual Chartering Dinner of the General Wm. Lee Davidson Chapter of the SRNC. The awardee is asked to give a brief (10-15 minutes) synopsis of the paper/research. The award is disbursed through the Central Piedmont Foundation.
2020: Anusha Kargool "Roles of North Carolinian Women during the Revolutionary Era."
2018: Pauline Vane "Small Battles, Large Outcomes: The Impact of Small Engagements in North Carolina in the American Revolutionary War"
2016: Matthew Austin Lewis "The Significance of the Battle of Cowan’s Ford"
Membership applications, official SRNC governance documents and merchandise order forms.
The Articles of Incorporation are available upon request. To obtain a copy, please e-mail SRNC Chancellor, Carlton Mansfield at email@example.com.