The James McKenry Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), cordially invites
you to a star-spangled programs and projects chapter.
James McHenry represented Maryland at the Constitutional
soon after immigration to America from Ireland. Less than five years after
landing in Philadelphia, McHenry included himself as one
of the "sons of freedom" and joined with the Continental forces surrounding Boston.
The young immigrant was a strong
with a strong focus on the concept of a united America.
His concept of the true patriot was the man whose goal was
"absolute independency." He served on General George Washington's personal
staff. His experience in the Army convinced him that the only obstacles to nationhood were timidity
of the citizenry and "disunion" among the states. His
public service career lasted into the second decade of the new
republic. He consistently and strongly upheld the ideal of a strong central government, as embodied in the Constitution, as the best guarantee against any such disunity or loss of national
purpose in the future.