What is the Chancellor Livingston Chapter?

The Chancellor Livingston Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution promotes the understanding and appreciation of American history, democracy, and citizenship. The chapter preserves the memory and achievements of local men and women who pursued American independence. It celebrates patriotic anniversaries; sponsors awards, programs, and scholarships; and maintains the historic General Richard and Janet Livingston Montgomery House, with collections of related artifacts, archival materials, and oral interpretations. The chapter uses the house to educate the public about General Montgomery's life and his pivotal role in the American Revolution, as well as a local historic resource and tourist destination.

This chapter was formed in 1918 by Mrs. Helen Reed de Laporte. Most chapter meetings are held in the General Richard and Janet Livingston Montgomery House. The house belongs to the chapter and is an accredited museum on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Rhinebeck Village Historic District. The house is open to the public Saturdays 1:00-4:00 PM starting in late June through late August (closed the week of the Dutchess County Fair), during scheduled events, and by appointment. Click here to Email for details or click the link at left for our events page.

The etching below shows Chancellor Robert Livingston (front right) with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, members of the committee to draft the Declaration of Independence.

Chancellor Livingston helping write the Declaration

Regular meetings are held each month at the chapter house at varying times and days of the week to best accommodate the schedules of the members. Meetings often feature guests speaking about topics related to local history, the American Revolution, and other pertinent topics. The annual program for members includes field trips, a banquet, and a picnic. There are twelve chapter officers and many chapter committee chairs with national recognition.

Chancellor Livingston is shown below administrating the Oath of Office to George Washington, first President of the United States

Chancellor Livingston administers the Oath of Office to Washington

The chapter is named for Chancellor Robert R. Livingston, brother of Janet Livingston. He served with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to draft the Declaration of Independence. On April 30, 1789, as Chancellor of New York State, Livingston administered the Oath of Office to our nation's first President, George Washington. The Chancellor's home, originally at the northern boundary of Rhinebeck, was destroyed by fire.

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