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Milwaukee Chapter

National Society
Daughters of the American Revolution

Milwaukee, WI

Chapter Regents 1893-1971
Chapter Regents Chapter Regents
Mrs. Theodore Yates Mrs. W. H. Cudworth
Mrs. Edward P. Vilas Mrs. Lem Ellsworth Hendee
Mrs. Hamilton Townsend Mrs. E.D.Coddington
Mrs. Thomas H. Brown Mrs. Soren H. Mortensen
Miss Josephine Hustis Mrs. Herbert W. Cornell
Mrs. Edward C. Wall Mrs. Albert R. Morse
Mrs. Walter Kempster Mrs. Ray D. Crout
Mrs. Edward A. Wadhams Mrs. Erwin A. Hentzen
Mrs. Thomas W. Spence Mrs. Edward J. Schickel
Mrs. Chandler Gilman Mrs. John Edward Reuth
Mrs. A. J. Eimermann Mrs. Carl T. Kayser
Mrs. Thomas H. Brown Mrs. Paul Pope Stothart
Mrs. Rudolph B. Hartman Mrs. Theodore Vander Heide
Mrs. Edward Ferguson Mrs. Elmer V. Viel
Mrs. A. C. Umbreit Mrs. Clair A. Tormey
Mrs. Charles D. Weeks Mrs. Earl E. Janikowsky
Mrs. George B. Averill Mrs. Leslie J. Woehlke
Mrs. Herbert F. Lindsay Mrs. James E. Borror
Chapter Regents 1971-Present
Chapter Regents Service
Mrs. Thomas S. Wilmeth 1971-1974
Mrs. Orville Roberts 1974-1977
Mrs. Edward Adolphson 1977-1980
Mrs. Orville Roberts 1980-1983
Mrs. Gillis W. Gerleman 1983-1986
Mrs. Robert Brachman 1986-1989
Mrs. Donald Driftmier 1989-1992
Mrs. Robert Benson 1992-1995
Mrs. Richard Smith 1995-1999
Mrs. Wayne E. Schwartz 1999-2001
Mrs. Richard W. Raney, Jr. 2001-2004
Mrs. James Bruckner 2004-2007

DAR Facts

Founded: October 11, 1890, incorporated 1896 by an Act of Congress

Mission: To promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism

Motto: God, Home, Country

Membership: 168,000 members, 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., International chapters in Australia, Austria,The Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom. More than 836,000 women have joined the DAR since it was founded.

Management: Policy for the Society is made by the National Board of Management composed of the President General, 11 Executive Officers, 21 Vice Presidents General, and 53 State Regents. The National Board of Management meets six times a year at DAR Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Continental Congress: The DAR annual national meeting is named after the original Continental Congress that governed the American colonies. DAR Continental Congress attracts over 3,000 members to Washington, D.C., each summer.

Become a Member

Eligibility for Membership: Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible.

Ways to learn more about DAR membership:

1) Visit the DAR web site ( to read about steps to membership and to fill out a prospective membership form,

2) Talk to local DAR chapter members in your area,

3)E-mail inquiries to