Any man, so born at birth, 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.
In addition, any man as described above is qualified for membership upon proving that he had a lineal male ancestor alive on or after March 16, 1896 (the founding date of the Order) who qualified to become an Associate under the above rules of the Order, even if that ancestor did not join the Order. In other words, the qualifying male ancestor would have been at least 18 years old and eligible to join through the male line of one of his parents.
In each instance, however, membership is based upon proof of lineage and patriotic service to the satisfaction of the Registrar General and approval of an application for membership by a State Society, as applicable. Our standards for membership are rigid and they should be, as they represent the unique heritage of Founder and Patriot lineage. Members are called Associates.
Two 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 Daughters of the OFPA
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Among those who have served as Governor General, the top officer position, are:
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 serving as Governor General in recent years include:
Grahame Thomas Smallwood, Jr.
Asa E. Phillips, Jr.
Dr. H. Carroll Parish
Dr. Rosell Levi Atwood
Burk O. Barker
Lieutenant General Herman Nickerson, Jr.
Associates in the Order who have been elected as President of the United States are:
President William Howard Taft
President Warren G. Harding