The General Levin Winder Chapter, NSDAR, was organized in 1966 at the suggestion of the then-governor of Maryland, the late Millard J. Tawes. A native of Crisfield, Governor Tawes encouraged the founding of nationally recognized organizations on the Eastern Shore and appealed to his friend Myrtle Polk to undertake this project. Mrs. Polk, a Pocomoke City resident, was serving as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and became the first Regent of our chapter.
patriot Levin Winder (1757-1819), was born in Somerset County and rose
to the position of ranking Major General of the Maryland State Militia.
Winder also served as Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, state
senator, and Governor of Maryland. General Winder was a member of the
Presbyterian Church, served as Trustee of Somerset's Washington
Academy, and organized the Masonic Grand Lodge of Maryland. Levin
Winder is buried on his Eastern Shore estate.
This chapter takes great pride in its heritage and warmly welcomes all ladies who may be able to prove herself a direct descendant from an ancestor who contributed to the American revolution success. We take special interest in young people by sponsoring the American History Essay contest in all Worcester County schools and nearly every year have had at least one winner in the state-wide contest. Our chapter also participates in all county graduations by awarding the DAR Good Citizens medal to a deserving senior, plus awards ROTC medals to participating schools. We recommend our chapter as an opportunity to meet ladies dedicated to the study of history in an historic area.
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