Cincinnati, Society of the

Cincinnati, Society of the
Hereditary, military, and patriotic organization formed in 1783 by officers who had served in the American Revolution.

The group's aims were to promote union, maintain war-forged friendships, and help members in need. Membership was offered to all officers and their eldest male descendants. George Washington was its first president. The group took its name from the Roman citizen-soldier Cincinnatus. The city of Cincinnati was named in its honour in 1790.

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▪ American patriotic and military organization
      hereditary, military, and patriotic organization formed in May 1783 by officers who had served in the American Revolution. Its objectives were to promote union and national honour, maintain their war-born friendship, perpetuate the rights for which they had fought, and aid members and their families in case of need. The society took its name from the Roman citizen-soldier Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (Cincinnatus, Lucius Quinctius). With membership open to Revolutionary officers and their eldest male descendants, branches of the society were organized in each of the 13 states; General George Washington (Washington, George) was elected its first president. Through failure of heirs, most state societies were dormant by 1835, but a revival was effected at the end of the 19th century. The city of Cincinnati, Ohio, was named in honour of the society in 1790.

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