Part of the American
History & Genealogy Project
A Word by the President-General
D. A. R.
Charlevoix, Mich., July 1, 1911
My Dear Mrs. Logan:
It gives me great pleasure to learn that
you are compiling a book to be known as "The Part Taken by Women
in American History" and I am quite sure it will give to women
credit which has been withheld from them for their masterful
achievements along many lines for the betterment of mankind and
the preservation of republican institutions. I am sure that we
may in advance congratulate the public upon a volume that will
faithfully record and do justice to the history of the women who
have been factors, and who have done their full part, in molding
that most wonderful product of the age, which we proudly
The roll call of women who have taken
part in the work of the National Society Daughters of the
American Revolution is a long and distinguished one. I need not
recall to you the names of the six president-generals who have
preceded me, Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. Stevenson, Mrs. Foster, Mrs.
Manning, Mrs. Fairbanks, and Mrs. McLean. Among those upon whom
I have most relied during the two years of my administration
are: Mrs. J. Ellen Foster, authority upon abuses of child labor,
Mrs. John W. Foster, Mrs. Stevenson, Mrs. McLean, Madame
Pinchot, a name synonymous with conservation, Mrs. Dickinson,
wife of the Secretary of War, Mrs. Samuel Ammon, Mrs. Alexander
Patton, Mrs. John A. Murphy, Mrs. Howard Hodgkins, Mrs. Draper,
Mrs. Swormstedt, Mrs. Mussey, Mrs. Orton, Mrs. Edwin Gardner,
Jr., all of whom except Mrs. McLean, Mrs. Stevenson and Mrs.
John W. Foster, with many others equally able and devoted - have
been chairmen of committees and done faithful and zealous work.
In accordance with that law of nature
and of Providence, that in this world one sows and another
reaps, it is my glorious privilege to have gathered up into one
splendid sheaf the results of the labor and devotion of all my
greater predecessors in office, as well as of the 87,000
Daughters of the American Revolution, who, by their toils,
labors, sacrifices and gifts, have produced the grand results we
see in our magnificent memorial building, and in the reports of
the inspiring work of state regents and chairmen of national
committees presented at the annual Congresses.
It is a source of pride and
gratification to me that during my administration Continental
Hall has been literally finished and was formally handed over to
the society by the architect and contractors in March, 1910.
Within the two years not only have all the offices been
successfully removed from 902 F. street to the hall, but many
magnificent rooms have been furnished in splendid style by
different states, and $30,000 of the $200^000 debt paid off, an
income for current needs provided and business matters arranged
on a satisfactory basis.
With this material advancement, the
intellectual and patriotic educational work has kept splendid
pace, and the Daughters of the American Revolution are proving
worthy descendants of the revolutionary ancestors whose memory
and achievements they seek to perpetuate. This they are doing
not only by showing their reverential homage for the old flag,
but by continuing the work and the traditions of the fathers as
a stimulus to this and to coming generations, both American and
foreign born, to maintain the high standard of American
citizenship, the splendid ideals of American manhood and
womanhood we have inherited as a rich legacy from the past, and
intend to hand down uncankered to our remotest posterity.
(Signed) Julia G. Scott.
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Source: The Part Taken by Women in
American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle
Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.