John Griffin Richardson Rountree, the son of Otis J. and Harriet Griffin Rountree, was born in Ocala, Florida. He was educated at The Bolles School and attended the Ringling College of Art and Design. He was awarded the honor of Accademico Corrispondento by L'Accademia Tiberina, Rome, Italy, in 1970.

Following a fourteen-year career in Washington, D.C. as an association management executive and publisher, Mr. Rountree retired to his native state of Florida where he actively pursues his interest in genealogy and American history.


  • General Society of Colonial Wars (life member and former Gentleman of the Council, District of Columbia Society)

  • Order of the Crown In America

  • One Hundred Living Descendants of Blood Royal

  • National Society Americans of Royal Descent

  • Order of Three Crusades 1096-1192

  • Ancient Heraldic and Chivalric Order of Albion

  • Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America

  • Baronial Order of Magna Charta (life member)

  • Military Order of the Crusades 1096-1192 (life member)

  • Society of Descendants of Knights of the Garter, Windsor Castle (life member)

  • Jamestowne Society

  • Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors

  • Presidential Families of America (Representing President Thomas Jefferson; former 2nd Vice President; life member; recipient of the Distinguished Service Award)

  • General Society Sons of the Revolution (life member, District of Columbia Society)

  • National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (former Librarian General)

  • General Society of the War of 1812 (Vice President General, Florida Society)

  • Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States (life member, Florida Society)

  • Order of Indian Wars of the United States (Life Companion)

  • Sons of Confederate Veterans

  • Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry

  • National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims

  • Military Order of the Stars and Bars

  • National Huguenot Society (life member, District of Columbia Society)

  • National Society of Sons of the American Colonists (former Archivist General, life member)

  • Hereditary Order of Descendants of the Loyalist & Patriots of the American Revolution (former Librarian General, charter member, hon.)

  • First Families of Georgia 1733-1797

  • National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters 1607-1861

  • Order of Scions of Colonial Cavaliers 1640-1660 (former Marshal, Founder Member)

  • Founding Families of the State of South Carolina

The Hereditary Register of the United States of America, President, General Editor and Chairman of the Advisory Committee - 1972, 1973, 1974. Recipient 1st Place Award for Hard Bound Volumes, The Printing Industries of the Virginias, 1972, 1973.

Chivalric Orders

  • Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (Grand Cross, Founding Prior of the Priory of St. King Charles the Martyr, Washington, DC; former Member of the Grand Council; Councillor of the Priory of St. Michael and St. George of New York City)

Listed In

  • The Social Register (New York)

  • The Social Index (Palm Beach, Florida)

  • The Social List of Washington, D.C. (through 1976)

  • The Blue Book of Washington, D.C. (through 1976)

  • Marquis Who's Who In America

Other Notes

Mr. Rountree belongs to various social clubs and professional organizations, and is a Perpetual Member of Ashlar Lodge No. 48 F&AM. He is a member of Trinity Episcopal Parish in St. Augustine, Florida and is a former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the St. Augustine Yacht Club.