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About Our Namesake

Captain Jesse Leavenworth (1740-1824) had distinguished Revolutionary War service from Connecticut. He served as a lieutenant under Jonathan Trumbull in the 2nd Company of the distinguished Governor's Footguards. Leavenworth's neighbor, Benedict Arnold, was captain of the Governor's Footguards.

When news of the Battle of Lexington reached New Haven in the spring of 1775, Arnold called out his company and asked for volunteers; forty went, Leavenworth with them.

Leavenworth was a 1st lieutenant, 1st Connecticut, May to December, 1775. In the Spring and Summer of 1777, holding the rank of captain, Leavenworth commanded a company at Ticonderoga. He later served in the Quartermaster’s Department.

About 1783, Leavenworth went to Caledonia area of Connecticut and became one of the patentees of the towns of Dansville and Peacham in 1786. He was a member of the Legislature in 1789-91-92 and 98. At his death 21 November 1824 in Sacketts Harbor, Jefferson County, New York, Leavenworth was described in obituaries as "...an intrepid and intelligent officer of the French War and the Revolution. Aged 86 years."

Captain Jesse Leavenworth was the father of the Colonel Henry Leavenworth, who founded Fort Leavenworth in 1829.

What Is DAR?

The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

DAR members volunteer more than 60,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award over $150,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for the underprivileged with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.

Objectives

DAR objectives are Historic Preservation, Education, and Patriotism. Our chapter supports these objectives by:

Education: DAR supports several schools for disadvantaged or disabled young people. Our chapter proudly lends financial support to this effort. We also support education and youth by contributing to the many scholarships offered by the National Society. In addition, our chapter offers a scholarship for use by a student of St. Mary College who is eligible to join DAR. Contact us for details on our chapter scholarship.

Patriotism: We join Daughters around the world in support of our military, both active and veteran status. Our members join in volunteer activities at the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, providing cakes at Valentine's Day, and other items for use by the patients all year long.

Historic Preservation: The DAR has many historic preservation projects, including the restoration of its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Each chapter lends financial support to these projects and looks for opportunities to assist, in their community, as well. Among our chapter's projects was to preserve and place a marker at the entrance to Fort Leavenworth. Visit our History page for details.

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If you believe you have an ancestor who served in the American Revolution, try DAR's Genealogical Research Service. We would love to have you visit our chapter. For information, click on "Contact Us" to the left.