Annie W. L. Kerfoot

annie w. l. kerfoot

(Mrs. S.H.)

State Regent, Illinois State Organization, 1893–1898
Honorary State Regent, Illinois State Organization, 1899 for life

Mrs. Annie W. L. Kerfoot was born in Maryland in 1829, and was of Colonial ancestry. Her grandfather, Roger Nelson, being an aide de camp of George Washington, and serving with distinction throughout the Revolutionary War. She was married to Samuel H. Kerfoot in 1847, and a year later came with her husband to Chicago. She was prominent in the early social life of Chicago, having founded the Society of Colonial Dames in Illinois and was the first State Regent to preside over a State Conference of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was the first to be honored after her term of office, by being made Honorary State Regent of Illinois. She was an active member of the Chicago Historical Society and a member of St. James’ Episcopal Church.

It was in 1893 Mrs. Kerfoot was elected to the office of State Regent of Illinois and by 1898 when the term of office expired the following chapters had been organized: North Shore, Mary Little Deere, Letitia Green StevensonRockford, Springfield, George Rogers Clark, Abraham Lincoln, Fort Armstrong, Stephen Decatur, Princeton, Illini, Rev. James Caldwell, Peoria, Streator, Dorothy Quincy, Shadrach Bond, Puritan and Cavalier, Mildred Warner Washington Hearts of Oak, Kewanee, Dixon and Elgin.

The honor of Honorary Regent of Illinois has always been given for outstanding work, Mrs. Kerfoot had earned the honor bestowed in 1899. She was Honorary State Regent for nine years, when taken by death to the “land of the unreturning.”

In all the relations of life, as wife, mother and friend, she was the embodiment of all that is best in American womanhood, and the Illinois Daughters will ever cherish her memory.