Hereditary Order of the Families of the
Presidents and First Ladies of America

In Memoriam


HE following are members of the Order who have rendered exceptional service to the mission of the Hereditary Order of the Families of the Presidents and First Ladies of America.

This page is constructed in their honor and memory, with our gratitude.


James Whitnell Cummings, Founding Chaplain
1945-2005

James Whitnell Cummings, 59, died Thursday, May 12, 2005 at Georgetown University Hospital after an extended illness.

A native of Washington, DC, he was born August 23, 1945, the son of Harold G. and Annie P. F. (Adams) Cummings. His youth was spent in DC and in Fauquier Co., VA. He was educated at Lynchburg College, where he took his undergraduate degree in political science. He later obtained a Masters Degree from American University, and began his Doctoral program at Georgetown University. He studied Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He served five years on Active Duty and in the U.S. Army Reserves, being stationed in Vietnam and later in Korea. His military and post-military careers were spent in the intelligence field. Two years before his passing he retired as an intelligence analyst from the U.S. Department of Justice.

He was a member of numerous lineage societies and hospitaller orders, including the Hereditary Order of the Families of the Presidents and First Ladies of America, the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington, DC, the National Society Sons of the American Revolution (Virginia – George Washington Chapter, Maryland – John Hanson Chapter, and District of Columbia); General Society Sons of the Revolution (District of Columbia), the General Society of the War of 1812 (District of Columbia), the General Society of Colonial Wars (District of Columbia), the Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims (Virginia), the National Society Sons of the American Colonists, Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, the National Order of the Blue and Gray, the Society of the Descendants of Colonial Clergy, the National Society Descendants of Early Quakers, the National Huguenot Society (District of Columbia), the Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia, the Aztec Club, the Order of Indian Wars of the United States, the Hereditary Order of Descendants of the Loyalists and Patriots of the American Revolution, the Jamestowne Society and the Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry, the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, the Hospitaller Order of St. John of the United States, the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem and the Ordo Sancti Constantini Magni.


Click to return to the Cabinet page.

Parts of this site require a Javascript-enabled browser. All site content is ©2003 HOFPFLA, except where otherwise noted.
This site is hosted by ICDSoft.com.
Please direct all site feedback to webmaster@presidentsandfirstladies.org.