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Welcome to the Eleanor Laurens Pinckney Chapter
West Columbia, SC

South Carolina Society
Daughters of the American Revolution

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The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, DC, is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.

The Eleanor Laurens Pinckney Chapter was installed at "Rising Hopes," the home of Mrs. F. Carlisle Roberts, Organizing Regent, on November 15, 1957. The chapter was named for the Mrs. Roberts' great-great-great grandmother; five other charter members were also descendants of Eleanor Laurens Pinckney.

Eleanor Laurens Pinckney was involved in the Revolutionary War effort and in the subsequent Constitutional Conventions that established the state and federal government. She was the daughter of Henry Laurens, Second President of the Continental Congress (1777-1778). In 1780, Henry Laurens was imprisoned in the Tower of London for a period of fifteen months on "suspicion of high treason." He was one of the Commissioners who signed the preliminary articles of peace in 1782 that formed the foundation for the Paris Peace Treaty of 1783. The 1783 treaty formally ended the Revolutionary War. Other signers of the treaty included Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay.

Eleanor was the wife of Charles Pinckney, one of the drafters and signers of the Constitution of the United States. He was four times Governor of South Carolina, a United States Senator, and Minister to Spain during the Jefferson administration. Eleanor Laurens Pinckney was also the mother of Henry Laurens Pinckney, founder and editor of the Charleston Mercury.

We are located in West Columbia, South Carolina, and would love to talk to you about becoming a member of the Society. If you would like more information about the DAR, including membership requirements, please e-mail our chapter contact person:

Louise Brooks

Please also visit our State and National Society home pages below.

South Carolina State DAR
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Last updated July 18, 2004
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