N A T I O N A L S O C I E T Y
of the American Revolution
Organized by Miss
Mary Eleanor Brackenridge
December 11, 1902
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Motto: Liberty and Progress
Chapter Flower: American Beauty Rose
Chapter Colors: Blue and White
San Antonio de Bexar Chapter NSDAR selected its name at a
meeting held on February 3rd, 1902 at the Woman's Club.
The name is taken from the city and county where the
chapter is located. The name is appropriate in that San
Antonio and Bexar County are of great historical interest.
San Antonio de Bexar was originally organized on July 4th,
1891, at the
Hotel with Mrs. Henry French serving as the appointed
Chapter Regent. When it was learned that the National
Society would accept lineage only through descent from the
"mother of the patriot" Mrs. French withdrew her
membership. However, when the National Society changed
the requirements to only lineal descent, Mrs. French and ten
other ladies returned when Miss
Eleanor Brackenridge reorganized a chapter December 11th,
1902. The name of the chapter was selected at a meeting held
in February 1902 and charter #305 was issued on November 22nd,
1902, to the San Antonio de Bexar Chapter. In March 1905
Mrs. French presented to Miss Brackenridge, Regent, a sterling
silver gavel made by Tiffany on which are engraved the names
of the charter members of the chapter.
San Antonio de Bexar Chapter is the oldest and largest chapter
in San Antonio. The membership has grown steadily from
75 members in 1912 to its highest membership of 435 in 1994.
The chapter is proud to list a current member as having
served the National Society as a Registrar General, a former
member as having served as a Historian General and two members
as having served as Vice Presidents General. Three members
have served as Texas State Regents and nineteen members have
held state offices. The chapter has two current members
who are Honorary State Regents for Life, and one member who
currently serves the Texas Society as State Corresponding
Since 1941 the chapter has awarded an annual scholarship to
local high school students to aid in furthering their
education. During the "Bicentennial of George
Washington's Birthday" the chapter gave 140 live oak
trees to Randolph Air Force Base. The chapter has also
placed markers on several historical buildings. In 1907
the chapter's first yearbook was printed. Since 1911 an
"In Memoriam" page has been added to the yearbook to
honor all deceased members of the chapter.
Under the auspices of the San Antonio de Bexar Chapter a
flourishing Society of Children of the American Revolution was
organized in November 1911 as the Lieutenant Colonel Richard
Lott C.A.R. In 1927 the C.A.R. Society divided and the
Society was issued to San Antonio de Bexar C.A.R.
The chapter is proud to be a part of the San Antonio Area
Regents Council along with seven other area chapters that work
together to promote DAR in the community.
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