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American Automobile Association (AAA)

An organization of American automobile owners, better known by the acronym AAA.  Formed in 1902 by the combination of eight regional automobile clubs (included were:  Automobile Club of America, Automobile Club of Philadelphia, Chicago Automobile Club, Long Island Automobile Club, New Jersey Automobile Club, and Automobile Club of Rhode Island).

The membership magazine of the AAA is American Motorist.

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
American Motorist

Sponsored Events
AAA 400
AAA Insurance 200
AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
AAA Texas 500
AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals

Page Sections
Founding Officers
Article Index

Founding Officers

The original 1902 club officers were:

  • President:  Winthrop E. Scarritt, Automobile Club of America
  • First Vice President:  F. C. Donald, Chicago Automobile Club
  • Second Vice President:  W. W. Grant, Long Island Automobile Club
  • Third Vice President:  W. G. Morris, Automobile Club of Philadelphia
  • Treasurer:  Jefferson Seligman, Automobile Club of America
  • Secretary:  S. M. Butter, Automobile Club of America
  • F. G. Wells, Long Island Automobile Club
  • A. E. Pardington, Long Island Automobile Club
  • A. R. Shattuck, Automobile Club of America
  • W. J. Stewart, New Jersey Automobile Club
  • F. C. Lewin, Automobile Club of Philadelphia
  • Dr. Chase, Automobile Club of Rhode Island

    Article Index

    March 5, 1902NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB.The New York Times
    April 6, 1904OLDFIELD DISQUALIFIEDThe New York Times
    April 22, 1907AUTOISTS ANXIOUS FOR CUP RACE NEWSThe New York Times
    December 1, 1909JAIL PENALTY FOR RECKLESS DRIVINGThe New York Times
    December 2, 1909SPEARE TO LEAD AUTO ASSOCIATIONThe New York Times
    December 5, 1909AGAINST RECKLESS DRIVINGThe New York Times
    December 5, 1909AUTO ASSOCIATION DID REAL BUSINESSThe New York Times
    April 12, 1914WEEK OF JUNE 27 FOR NATIONAL TOURThe New York Times
    November 19, 1922ROAD SIGN NUISANCE.The New York Times
    December 17, 1922NATIONAL MOTOR LAW.The New York Times
    December 24, 1922FIGHT DANGEROUS ROAD SIGN POSTSWashington Times-Herald
    June 4, 1998Transportation Department Teams With AAA To Promote New Teen Driver ProgramU.S. Department of Transportation
    March 2, 2000AAA Has Auto Quotes In 5 Minutes Or LessAAA Michigan
    March 7, 2000Safety Belt Law May Help Teens, Says AAA MichiganAAA Michigan
    March 21, 2007AAA, Parents Best Cars for Families List Named 9 New VehiclesAnthony Fontanelle
    September 30, 2009AAA Now Offers Brain Training to Older Drivers - CEO Peter Kissinger Explains WhyAlvaro Fernandez
    August 2, 2010DOT, Seventeen Magazine, and AAA Launch National Two-Second Turnoff Day Video ChallengeU.S. Department of Transportation
    November 20, 2010Why Was AAA Founded Back In 1902?Nick Messe
    March 30, 2011Who travels the AAA way?Gus Philpott

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