About the National Society United States Daughters of 1812

The United States Daughters of 1812,  founded in 1892, is a women’s volunteer service organization dedicated to:

  • Promoting patriotism, preserving and increasing knowledge of the history of the American people by the preservation of documents and relics,
  • Marking of historic spots,
  • Recording of family histories and traditions,
  • Celebration of patriotic anniversaries,
  • Teaching and emphasizing the heroic deeds of the civil, military, and naval life of those who molded this Government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812,
  • To urge Congress to compile and publish authentic records of men in civil, military, and naval service from 1784 to 1815 inclusive, and
  • To maintain at National Headquarters In Washington D.C., a museum and library of memorabilia of the 1784-1815 period.
  • Founded: January 8, 1892, by Flora Adams Darling. Incorporated by an act of Congress on February 25, 1901.

  • Motto: Liberty, Fraternity, and Unity.

  • Our Colors: Blue and Gray. The blue represents the color worn by the Navy during the War of 1812 and the gray represents the color worn by the Army.

  • Our Flower: The white carnation.

  • Our Insignia: The insignia of the Society is a single star resting upon an anchor encircled with a narrow gold band – the Star of Hope upon the Anchor of Faith within the Circle of Friendship. The insignia is suspended from the blue and gray ribbon one and one-half inches wide. The blue represents the color worn by the Navy during the War of 1812 and the gray represents the color worn by the Army. Previous to this war army goods had been brought from England.  When the war prevented the importation of such goods, they had to be manufactured in America. Some error in the dyeing process produced the bluish gray of our colors, the same gray which in now worn by the cadets at West Point.

  • Membership: Over 6,312 members, 43 state societies, 184 chapters and still growing!

  • Eligibility: Admission to membership in the National Society is by invitation after an affirmative vote by the chapter or state society. Applicants shall have the endorsement of two members in good standing to whom the applicant is personally known.

For more than a century, members of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812 have dedicated themselves to patriotism, preservation of documents and relics, and education. These goals are as relevant in today’s society as they were when the organization was founded in 1892.

Work of the Society includes but is not limited to:

  • Promotion and education of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and Museum (located in Baltimore Maryland), Old Fort Niagara, and Fort McHenry (birth place of our National Anthem).
  • Providing reading materials to the American Merchant Marine Library Association (AMMLA); a non-profit, non-sectarian organization representing a unique and necessary service to those who spend their lives at sea. The “Public Library of The High Seas,” has sent thousands of books to American flag and allied vessels.
  • Preservation and education of St. Michael and All Angels Church in England.  (This church was built by the French prisoners held by the English at Dartmoor Prison and was finished by American War of 1812 prisoners. The first American prisoners arrived on April 2, 1813, and eventually totaled 6,553, of which 271 known died).
  • Supporting schools for under privileged children.
  • Support for America’s Veterans.
  • Preservation of history.
  • Education of the American Flag.
  • Awards ROTC and JROTC medals.