Originally Published: July 26, 2016 5:59 a.m.
On June 13, 2016, the Arizona SAR celebrated its 120th anniversary. On that same day in 1896, the Arizona SAR was officially organized by Herbert F. Robinson in Phoenix, territory of Arizona and it is still in existence with eight Chapters (including the Prescott Chapter) throughout the state. At its annual state meeting on Feb. 20, Robinson was declared the “Father of the Arizona Society Sons of the American Revolution” and on April 28, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a “Commendation” to the organization in recognition of its founding and upcoming 120th anniversary.
Herbert Robinson moved to Phoenix in 1887, and was the Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard from 1898-1902. Shortly after his term ended he moved to Albuquerque, territory of New Mexico where he worked for the U.S. Indian Service as Superintendent of Irrigation and as such “was in charge of all the irrigation works at the pueblos in New Mexico and, as the chief engineer, was in charge of all irrigation matters pertaining to the Indian Service in the western states and territories.” He was a member of the New Mexico SAR and retired in 1931. Prior to his death in 1956 he was the longest living territorial adjutant general.
Robinson’s grave has been unmarked since his death and on June 13, 2016, (the 120th anniversary day) Compatriots from both state organizations met at his grave in Albuquerque for a gravestone laying ceremony.
Members of the SAR trace their lineage to “Patriot Ancestors” of the Revolutionary War. Information about the Arizona SAR can be found at www.azssar.org.