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Jack Warren of the Society of the Cincinnati to Deliver 2016 Hendricks Law and History Lecture

— by on September 7th, 2016

On Thursday, September 15, Jack Warren, executive director of the Society of the Cincinnati, will deliver the 2016 Hendricks Lecture in Law and History. The title of Warren’s talk is “The American Revolution and National Identity.”

The lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The event is free and open to the public.

Warren was recruited from academic life to serve as a director of the Society the Cincinnati in 2002 and has been Executive Director since 2004. He is the founding director of the Society’s American Revolution Institute.

The Society of the Cincinnati is the nation’s oldest private patriotic organization. George Washington and the officers of the Continental Army founded the Society at the end of the Revolutionary War to perpetuate the ideals and memory of the American Revolution.  The modern Society of the Cincinnati is comprised of hereditary members, each of whom represents an officer in the Continental service or the French army or navy who served in the Revolutionary War, and honorary members, who are distinguished for their patriotic service.  The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati carries out the Society’s public mission.

Warren is a native of Washington, D.C.  He has served on the faculties of the University of Massachusetts and the University of Virginia, where he was an editor of The Papers of George Washington.  He has been a leader in the preservation of historic places associated with Washington, including the site of Washington’s childhood home and the house where he lived during his visit to Barbados in 1751.  He has been a consultant to the National Park Service and to many other institutions, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Service and Mount Vernon.  He is the editor of volumes in the presidential series of The Papers of George Washington and of other works, and the author of several monographs on George Washington, including The Presidency of George Washington, published by Mount Vernon in 2000.

The Law and History lecture series at W&L was endowed by alumnus Pete Hendricks (’66A, ’69L), who has a private practice in Atlanta specializing in land use zoning and government permitting. A history major himself, Hendricks also endowed the Hendricks History Major Stipend Fund and the Ollinger Crenshaw Prize in History at the University several years ago in honor of his favorite professor.

The event is sponsored by the W&L Center for Law and History.