Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts

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The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts is the oldest chartered military organization in the western hemisphere. Its charter was granted in March 1638 by the Great and General Court of Massachusetts Bay and signed by Governor John Winthrop. The Company was given a charter by the Great and General Court as a volunteer militia company that would train on a regular basis to increase the readiness and military skills of the members. Its inherent mission was to prepare its members to serve as officers in the enrolled militia companies. - Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts

Notable Position Person From To
Artillery Election Sermon George W Cram 1829
Adjuntant of the Artillery Company Russell R Sturgis 1829
Member John F Kennedy 1956
Member James Monroe 1817
Member Calvin Coolidge 1924
Member Chester Alan Arthur 1882
Elected First Sargent in 1699 Samuel Phillips 1693

Timeline

Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1638/03/13 The Military Company of Massachusetts is chartered by the Great and General Court of Massachusetts Bay and signed into law by Governor John Winthrop. Established
1746/00/00 Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts move to Faneuil Hall. Daniel Webster, Charles Sumner, Frederick Douglass, John F Kennedy and Wendell Phillips delivered speeches in this hall. Top floor is a museum, library and armory. Headquarters Faneuil Hall Boston
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