History of the Society

                        Original SSWGBSNY Seal                                               with Incorporated 1896 Text                                 

Organized July 3rd, 1896 in Plattsburgh,NY,

and Incorporated July 6th, 1896 in Albany,NY.

Admitted to the General Society of the War of 1812, February 12th, 1897.


An original document check of the Society of the War of 1812 in the State of New York the Society that became known as the SSWGBSNY.


-Organizing State Officers-July 3rd, 1896-


Henry Ketchum Averill-

-Vice Presidents-

George Comstock Baker

George Henry Beckwith

Henry Duncan Graves

Hiram Walworth


Sylvester Barton Miller-


Nathan Henry Jones-


Henry Harmon Noble-


Brevet Brigadier General, George Frederick Nichols-

-Board of Directors (Direction)-

Hiram Walworth Cady

Orrel Towne Larkin

Thomas Brainard Nichols, M.D.


 The New York Society of the General Society of the War of 1812 traces it’s origins back to the 19th Century.

When shortly after Sept. 14, 1814 a New York State Society of 1812 Veterans was formed taking lead from the Baltimore Defenders Association-Society in Maryland aka Maryland Society. The effort for our society here in New York started in Plattsburgh with the Society of the Defenders of Plattsburgh in the War of 1812.


As the 19th century drew to a close, the ranks of the state 1812 veterans grew thinner

and the Veterans relied more and more on their Descendants as Members to carry on.


On 14 April 1894 the Maryland and New York societies formed the General Society of the War of 1812,

with each of the constituent societies becoming a state society.


Following on July 3rd, 1896 in Plattsburgh, The Society of the Second War With Great Britain in the State of New York (SSWGBSNY) then known as the Society of the War of 1812 in the State of New York, was formally instituted.

The Society continues today in keeping green the memories of the U.S. Veterans of the War of 1812 here in New York State.