Talia Fradkin Wins Statewide Oration Contest

Wellington resident Raymond Wess, president of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, represented his chapter at the Florida State Conference for the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

The Sons of the American Revolution is a lineage society composed of individuals who can trace their ancestry back to a Revolutionary War patriot. This year’s state conference was held Jan. 11 in Kissimmee. The Palm Beach Chapter’s chapter winner, Wellington resident Talia Fradkin, entered the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest.

With the support and encouragement of Wess, Fradkin placed second in the state of Florida with her oration titled “What’s in a Name?” about Margaret Corbin, the first woman to receive a pension by the army for her valiant efforts, the same as a male soldier. “Captain Molly,” as she was called, took her husband’s place behind the cannon when he fell in battle.

“I learned so much from the research for this speech, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to represent the Palm Beach Chapter,” said Fradkin, who serves as Florida Society Children of the American Revolution state historian.

Above: Talia Fradkin and Raymond Wess accept the award.