Did you know? The effort to make the Star-Spangled Banner the official National Anthem of the United States began with the United States Daughters of 1812?
In 1918, Mrs. Reuben Ross Holloway, member of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812 and President of the Maryland State Society, led a campaign to make the Star-Spangled Banner the official National Anthem of the United States. She approached many prominent persons and sought their support for the cause. Mrs. Holloway sent U.S. Representative John Charles Linthicum of Maryland, a petition gathered by the Maryland State Society, United States Daughters of 1812. The petition included signatures representing fifty-one individuals and forty-nine civic, fraternal, and patriotic societies. Only a few of the supporters, including the State Librarian of Vermont and the State Registrar of the Arkansas State Society, Daughters of 1812, lived outside Maryland. Representative Linthicum was the first to introduce a bill to Congress making the Star-Spangled Banner the National Anthem, however, the measure failed to gain much support. Linthicum introduced similar petitions in every succeeding Congress.