Become a Member

Eligibility

The General Society of the War of 1812 and its State Societies accept gentlemen. Ladies may apply to the National Society, U.S. Daughters of 1812, 1461 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20005.

Gentlemen who wish to apply for membership-at-large should communicate with the Vice President General—Members at Large Allen R. Treppa, 15595 Westbrook Street, Livonia, Michigan 48154-2358. His email is allan_treppa@sbcglobal.net.

Some State Societies require applicants to be age eighteen (18) or older. For information concerning admission to a State Society, gentlemen should communicate with the Secretary Registrar. Contact information is found with the State Officers Listing.

Qualifications for Membership

Genealogical documentation or proof is required for each generation from the veteran ancestor to the applicant. Forms will be provided for this purpose. All application papers are examined carefully by competent genealogists before approval for election to membership is granted.

Genealogical qualifications are:

Any male person who is a lineal descendant of one who served during the War of 1812, in a military service of the United States, offering proof thereof satisfactory to the State Society to which he may make application for membership, and who is of good moral character and reputation, may become a member of this Society when approved of by said State Society, under such regulations as it may make for passing upon applications for membership.

The following service and no other shall be regarded as satisfying the requirements of the preceding paragraph:

(1) Service as an officer, warrant officer or enlisted man in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Revenue Marine, Flotilla Service or Voluntary Corps at any time between November 7, 1811 and July 18, 1815;

(2) Service at any time between November 7, 1811 and July 18, 1815, as a member of the ship’s company on any public armed vessel of the United States or any vessel sailing under Letters of Marque and Reprisal issued by the United States;

(3) Service in the militia of any state or territory or the District of Columbia duly called out for service against an armed enemy or for coast or border defense between November 7, 1811 and July 18, 1815;

(4) Service in the forces of the United States at the Battle of Tippecanoe on November 7, 1811;

(5) Service as the President of the United States, Secretary of War or Secretary of the Navy between November 7, 1811 and July 18, 1815.

(6) Service as a Governor or Adjutant General of a state or territory of the United States between November 7, 1811 and July 18, 1815.

No service, however, shall be regarded as qualifying if the person who rendered such service voluntarily bore arms against the United States at any time between the dates named or if such person’s latest service between said dates was terminated by a separation from the service under conditions other than honorable.

In case of the failure of lineal descendants of an actual participant in the War on behalf of the United States, one collateral descendant, who is deemed worthy, may be admitted to represent the said participant.

Provided, always, that such representation shall be limited to the descendant of either a brother or sister of the participant in the war, in right of whose services application for membership is made.

Collateral Descendant Announcement

Collateral descendants, who are deemed worthy may be admitted to represent the said participant. Provided, always, that such representation shall be limited to the descendant of either a brother or sister of the participant in the war, in right of whose services application for membership is made.

Members At Large

Members-at-large shall be elected by the General Society or by the Executive Committee upon payment of such fees as may be established by the General Society, but no person shall be elected a member-at-large who at the time of such election is resident in a State or District where a State Society exists. Member-at-large shall have the right to attend meetings of the General Society and those at attendance at any meeting may elect from their own number not exceeding four (4) persons who shall have all the rights of delegates under Article IV.