About the Sons of Liberty Chapter

The Sons of Liberty Los Angeles is part of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).  We are a historical, educational, and non-partisan patriotic organization that seeks to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom.
We perpetuate the stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the men who achieved the independence of the American people in the belief that these stories are universal ones of man's eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions.
In 1876 there were many celebrations to commemorate the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. As part of this patriotic fervor, a group of men in the San Francisco, California, area who were descendants of patriots involved in the American Revolution, formed an organization called the Sons of Revolutionary Sires. Their objective was to have a fraternal and civic society to salute those men and women who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the battle for independence from Great Britain.
Out of the Sires grew the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, which was organized on April 30, 1889 -- the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation's first President. We have used the acronym SAR to identify ourselves for over 100 years. The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the men who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. The National Society was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 9, 1906. The charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member of the SAR.
The Sons of the American Revolution was established in Los Angeles in 1908, and the first chapter president was Brigadier General John G. Chandler, a Union veteran of the Civil War.

The Sons of Liberty Chapter carries on the tradition of patriotism and service illustrated by General Chandler, and is the largest Chapter in the Los Angeles area. We offer you monthly meetings with free genealogical help, interesting speakers, warm fellowship and a great meal. We will get you involved with worthwhile projects that benefit young people, educators and veterans that make a difference and that you can be proud of. Our speakers cover a wide variety of topics of interest to our members such as American history, the preservation of our history, current events, and genealogy.

If you are considering joining the Sons of the American Revolution, and reside in the greater Los Angeles area, consider the Sons of Liberty. We are active, vibrant, and forward-thinking. We offer you the best opportunity to honor your ancestor's sacrifice in building this greatest nation.

Best of all, you don't have to wait to become a member. You can join the Sons of Liberty as an Associate immediately, and without any documentation of a Patriot Ancestor. All for a $25 commitment. Please consider joining us today, and honoring those who gave us our Constitution, Bill of Rights, independent Supreme Court and a nation of free men.

Our Chapter's First President

The Sons of the American Revolution was established in Los Angeles in 1908, and the first chapter president was Brigadier General John G. Chandler, a Union veteran of the Civil War.

General Chandler was an 1853 graduate of West Point, and Chief Quartermaster of the Department of West Virginia, at the war's outbreak, being engaged in the battles of Carnifex Ferry, Shiloh, Pittsburg Landing, and Perryville. He was then Chief Quartermaster of the Nineteenth Army Corps (Department of the Gulf), Nov. 17, 1862, to Aug. 1, 1865, being present at the Siege of Port Hudson, Expedition to Sabine Pass, Red River Expedition, Mansfield, and Battle of Pleasant Hill.

He was promoted to Bvt. Colonel, Mar. 13, 1865, for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion, and ended his military career as Brigadier General, Chief Quartermaster, Department of California, San Francisco, in 1894.  He is buried in the Presidio cemetery.

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