2016 Annual Meeting

The 2016 meeting of the Sons and Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar 1565-1861 was held on Friday evening, April 15th at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC.

Presidents General Odom and Odom of Bench and Bar and the National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters and welcomed those present.

The Honorable Richard Bender Abell brought a program titled “The Witch of Pungo” that was followed by the memorial Service, officers reports, remarks from the William and Mary Scholarship winner, and the election and installation of the officers general for the 2016-2018 administration.


2015 Annual Meeting

The 2015 meeting of the Sons and Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar 1565-1861 was held on Friday evening, April 10th, at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC.

  • Bench and Bar was joined by the National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters 1607 – 1861.
  • A Memorial Service was held immediately following the banquet.
  • The program speaker was Kathy Styer, Curator of Adena Mansion at Chillicothe, Ohio. She provided a power point presentation about Adena and its original owner, Thomas Worthington who was a governor, justice, planter, and proponent of Ohio statehood.
  • At the business session the winner of the William and Mary Law School Scholarship expressed his appreciation.
  • A Nominating Committee was elected to present a slate to the 2016 Annual Meeting. Elections will be held for the 2016-1018 administration.

The next Annual Meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC.

2014 Annual Meeting

On Friday night, April 11, the Sons and Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar 1565 – 1861 again joined with the National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters 1607-1861 for the annual meeting of the two societies.

Carla W. Odom, Bench and Bar President General pro tempore, introduced the evening’s speaker, Dr. George J. Hill, who presented “Quakers, Plantations and Lawyers in the Seventeenth Century Pennsylvania”.  The memorial service, officer reports, and installation of officers for the 2014-2016 term followed.

2013 Annual Meeting

The 2013 meeting of the Sons and Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar 1565—1861 was held on Friday night, April the 12th, at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D. C. Bench and Bar was joined by the National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters 1607-1861.

Stephen A. McLeod brought the program, a slide presentation on “Dining with the Washingtons”, a book he edited. The business meeting, including the election of a nominating committee, and the memorial service followed.

2012 Annual Meeting

The 2012 meeting of the Sons and Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar 1565—1861 was held on Friday night, April the 13th, at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D. C. Bench and Bar was joined by the National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters 1607-1861.

Peyton Dixon, first-person interpreter, brought the program, “Meet John Adams” . Following the program, the business meeting, memorial service and installation of officers were held.

2011 Annual Meeting

The 2011 meeting of the Sons and Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar 1565—1861 was held on Friday night, April the 15th, at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D. C. Bench and Bar was joined by the National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters 1607-1861. A cash bar preceded dinner. The brief business meeting included:

  • The election of a nominating committee to select the slate of officers for the 2012—2014 term,
  • Greetings from our scholarship recipient, a law student from William and Mary College, and
  • A re-enactor from Gunston Hall, George Mason’s home, brought the program, “Why George Mason Refused To Sign the Constitution”.

2010 Annual Meeting

The Sons and Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench and Bar 1565 – 1861 met on Friday night, April the 16th, at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D. C.

  • Following dinner, the annual scholarship was awarded to a second year law student at William and Mary College.
  • R. Peyton Mahaffey, Esq. spoke on “The Rise of the Lawyer Class from the 1600’s to the Revolution.”
  • National Officers for the 2010 – 2012 term were installed.