For more than a century, the members of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution have dedicated themselves to historical preservation, promotion of education, and encouragement of patriotic endeavors. These objectives are as relevant in today’s society as they were when the organization was founded in 1890. The DAR is a service organization made up of over 170,000 members with nearly 3,000 chapters located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 11 foreign countries.
History of Wadsworth Chapter
Dr. and Mrs. George B. Goode, who were instrumental in the formation of the National Society in Washington, contacted friends in Middletown in September 1891. As a result, papers of twelve charter members were sent to Washington, and Wadsworth Chapter became the first chapter in Connecticut and second in New England.
Our chapter, the Wadsworth Chapter, is named after General James Wadsworth from Durham, Connecticut, who distinguished himself during the Revolutionary War. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress, and later represented Durham in the state legislature. As a judge, he ruled in one of the first court cases in Connecticut establishing a slave’s right to legal redress against a dishonest owner. A black slave/soldier, Jack Arabus, was promised his freedom for serving in the Continental Army in his master’s place, and upon completing his service, his master failed to give him his freedom. Judge Wadsworth ruled in favor of Arabus.