Founded in 1862 as a patriotic society to support the Union and the policies of President Abraham Lincoln, it laid the philosophical foundation of other Union Leagues across a nation torn by Civil War. The Union League has hosted U.S. presidents, heads of state, industrialists, entertainers and visiting dignitaries from around the globe. It has also given loyal support to the American military in each conflict since the Civil War, and continues to be driven by its founding motto, “Love of Country Leads.”

In the 21st century, the Union League is home for over 3,200 members who contribute to club life and who keep alive the League’s traditions. As they did in 1862, today’s members represent the Philadelphia region’s leaders in business, education, religion, the arts and culture. The League’s civic participation and philanthropic outreach takes the form of three charitable foundations: The Youth Work FoundationThe Scholarship Foundation and The Abraham Lincoln Foundation, which educate the public about our nation’s history, recognize student role models in our region’s schools, and provide scholarships to deserving students.

The Union League Rod & Gun Club was established in 2000.  Its membership consists of sportsman & woman who appreciate sporting events and good camaraderie.