Any man of the age of 18 years, of good moral character and reputation, and a citizen of the United States, who is lineally
descended, in the male line of either parent, from an ancestor who settled in any of the colonies now included in the
United States of America prior to May 13, 1657; and one or all of whose intermediate ancestors in the same line, who lived
in the period of the American Revolution, from 1775 to 1783, adhered as patriots to the cause of the colonies,
shall be eligible for membership in the Order. Members are called Associates.
In addition, any man as described above is qualified for membership upon proving that his father or either grandfather
was qualified, even though they may not themselves have become Associates. Male descendants of any Associate are also
qualified to become members.
In each instance, however, membership is based upon proof of lineage to the satisfaction of the Registrar General
and approval of an application for membership by a State Society. Our standards for membership are rigid and they should be,
as they represent the unique heritage of Founder and Patriot lineage.
different types of membership certificates are available, each being termed a Diploma.
This one, which measures 16 x 20 inches, may be purchased by any Associate for framing.
Engrossing of the Associate's name and lineage is included.
To join The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, please fill out this form.
We have a sister organization that can be reached at:
National Society, Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America
By its very nature, the Order does not boast a large membership. It does, however, have a membership of numerous
distinguished Americans. Among those who have served as Governor General, the top officer position, are:
Associates serving as Governor General in recent years include:
- Major General Frederick Dent Grant, son of the President of the United States
- Major General Ulysses S. Grant III
- Robert Barnwell Roosevelt
- Admiral George Dewey
Associates in the Order who have been elected as President of the United States are:
- Grahame Thomas Smallwood, Jr.
- Asa E. Phillips, Jr.
- Dr. H. Carroll Parish
- Dr. Rosell Levi Atwood
- Burk O. Barker
- Lieutenant General Herman Nickerson, Jr.
- President William Howard Taft
- President Warren G. Harding