Order of Washington®, Established 1895
Post Office Box 27152
Philadelphia, PA 19118

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A candidate for Hereditary Membership in the Order of Washington must be approved by the Council and must be lineally descended from a man or woman who served during the lifetime of George Washington, from February 22, 1731/2 to December 14, 1799, as a soldier, sailor or civil officer of the several Colonies or States, of the confederated colonies or of the United States of America or as a recognized patriot supporting or providing material aid to the cause of American Independence.

We encourage interest and welcome new members. If you are qualified, we encourage you to complete the lineage forms and submit them to the Society along with either a proposal from a member or your cv or resume. Please be sure to include your references and documentation, with copies, to establish your qualifications.

Normally candidates for membership are proposed for membership by other members. Considering that many outstanding candidates may not know a member but be committed to the purposes and mission of our Society and who share our interest in the origin of our constitutional liberty and in genealogy, we have adopted a procedure where a candidate could submit a cv or resume reflecting his or her interests and accomplishments. That information, along with the lineage information, will be considered by the Society.

Proposal Form:
Successor Form:

Lineage Forms:

Active Members, other than Honorary Members, may suggest eligible friends for membership, and each Active Member, other than Honorary Members, may in writing designate a qualified associate as hereditary successor, thus making two ancestral representatives at one time in the same family.


The Corporation is formed exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as the same may be amended or modified or replaced by any future United States internal revenue law (the "Code"), including, without limitation, to establish and sponsor a library, publications, conferences, symposia and speeches pertaining to the American ideals as embodied in the principles of General George Washington, including:

(1) The preservation of the history and traditions relating to the foundation of the United States of America, and

(2) The promotion of freedom and liberty


(a) The official colors of the Corporation shall be red, white, and blue displayed side by side (lengthwise) on the ribbon, and as may be deemed appropriate incorporated elsewhere in the insignia and printed matter.

(b) The official insignia of the Corporation shall be such as may from time to time by authorized by the Chancellor and may employ any appropriate design.

(c) Standards and Flags of the Corporation shall be such as may from time to time by authorized by the Chancellor and may employ any appropriate design.

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