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Welcome to the website of the Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The society is an educational, non-profit that seeks to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and a respect for our national symbols and American citizenship. We do this by perpetuating the stories of courage, sacrifice, and triumph of those who achieved our independence to inspire succeeding generations.

The Adams Family and the American Revolution

An Exploration of Four Generations Attendees at the 2017 SAR Annual Conference listen as David Waldstreicher and Richard Samuelson discuss John Quincy Adams and Charles Francis Adams after they presented their papers in the Carriage House on the grounds of…

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Actual Sons of the American Revolution

Members who were actual Sons of the American Revolution The Massachusetts Society has the distinction of having had a significant number of past members who were true sons of American Revolution — their fathers actually served in the Revolutionary war.…

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The Men Who Lost America

SAR Visiting Professor speaks at King’s College London By Michael J. Elston, President, Virginia Sons of the American Revolution SAR Magazine Winter 2017, Vol. 111, No. 3 Top, Professor O’Shaughnessy; middle, PG (2013-2014) Joe Dooley, left, discussed the Georgian Papers…

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Repudiation of the Stamp Act

Repudiation of the Stamp Act Ryan Bass and Pat Barron, Sergeant Lawrence Everhart Chapter Maryland Society Sons of the American Revolution SAR Magazine, Fall 2015 The repudiation of the infamous Stamp Act of 1765 by the Frederick County Court sparked…

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November 10, 1775: Birth of the U.S. Marine Corps

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress passes a resolution stating that "two Battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces for the recently formed Continental Navy. The resolution, drafted by future U.S. president John Adams and adopted in Philadelphia, created the Continental Marines and is now observed as the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.

Serving on land and at sea, the original U.S. Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations during the Revolutionary War. The first Marine landing on a hostile shore occurred when a

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