The movement to organize the Virginia Society was started in the city of Washington in 1890. At a conference held in the nation’s capital on February 10th, several Congressmen from Virginia constituted themselves as a committee to organize a Society in Virginia without delay.
On February 28th, the committee reassembled at the Capitol, adopted a constitution and bylaws and elected the following outstanding Virginians as officers:
Chartered July 7, 1890, Richmond, Virginia
President: Honorable William Wirt Henry of Richmond (Grandson of Patrick Henry)
Vice President General: William H. F. Lee,
A member of Congress from Burke’s Station, Fairfax County, (son of Robert E. Lee)
Vice President: Colonel George Washington Ball of Alexandria
(nearest living male relative of George Washington)
Secretary: Thomas Nelson Page of Hanover County, a man of letters
Treasurer: Joseph Poryall of Richmond
Registrar: J. William Jones of Richmond, a well-known historian
Since the organization of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, more than 10,000 men have become members. The Virginia Society has grown in recent years.