Welcome to the Colonel William Candler Chapter

The Colonel William Candler Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was organized in Gainesville, Georgia, on March 26, 1914, and the chapter charter was confirmed on April 15, 1915. There were 20 charter members, and Mrs. W. A. Charters (Isabelle Price) was the first chapter regent.

The Chapter celebrated its 100th Anniversary in March of 2014, making us a CENTENNIAL Chapter.

The Chapter was named in honor of Colonel William Candler, a Revolutionary War hero who was in the battle at Kings Mountain.

 In 1761, he married Elizabeth Anthony, and they had 11 children. He had been appointed a County Surveyor before the war, which was considered a major political appointment. After the war, he served in Georgia's first state legislature and was later appointed a Judge.

Colonel William Candler died in July, 1784, in Columbia County, Georgia. Among his direct descendants are: Captain Daniel Gill Candler, a veteran of the Civil War; Allen D. Candler, a Governor of Georgia and author of many historical books; Asa Griggs Candler, Mayor of Atlanta best known for founding Coca-Cola and his generous philanthropy to Emory University, Emory Hospital and the Methodist Church.


This DAR chapter was awarded a medal in 1918 for Distinguished War Service during World War I. Chapter members supported relief efforts for European War refugees, bought War Bonds, aided in sending volunteers overseas to support relief efforts, and provided time, money, and materials as gifts for American military personnel.