Recording Secretary Margaret Klaphaak
The Jonathan Jennings Chapter United States Daughters of 1812 was founded 2 May 1988 by Organizing President, Mrs. Albert H. (Edna Scott “Scotty”) McKehnie in Clarksville, Clark County, Indiana. The Chapter was named for the first governor of Indiana, Jonathan Jennings.
Jonathan Jennings served the State of Indiana as governor from 1816 to 1822 and was instrumental in Indiana’s admission to the Union. In 1811, Jonathan petitioned the United States Government for Indiana statehood, but the War of 1812 delayed action on the petition by Congress. After the war efforts continued for Indiana statehood and in 1816 Jonathan petitioned Congress for an enabling act to become a state. In the summer of 1816, the delegates met at Corydon, Indiana and wrote the State Constitution. It was at this time that Jonathan was elected the First Governor of the State of Indiana.
Our chapter meets four times per year in February, May, August and November.