Professor Benjamin Montoya of Schreiner University addressed the May meeting of the Hill Country Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution concerning voting rights during the early days of Independence of the fledgling days of the new republic.
The assumption of the day was that men of property that were educated were the ruling class and, by that standard, were voters. That opinion held for the first five or six elections, when political parties held little sway, but as the country moved west, more classes of men had the vote. With the election of Andrew Jackson, the common people were called to seek elected office.
Individual states established their own standards. Official standards for voting were not established until the 20th century.
In other SAR business, Chaplain Sam Smith was awarded the Bronze Distinguished Service Medal for his service to the chapter.
The Sons of the American Revolution Chapter is made up of men who can trace their ancestry back to involvement in the Revolutionary War.
For further information on the organization, contact Gerald Irion at 469-585-0959 or W.J.Scott at 830-792-4842.