United States Chess Federation
Formed in September, 1939 after the American Chess Federation (ACF) merged with the National Chess Federation (NCF). George Sturgis was the first USCF President. He had been president of the ACF. The president of the NCF, Maurice Kuhns, became the President Emeritus. L. Walter Stephens became the Vice President. Dues were $1 a year. The original name was United States of America Chess Federation. The first USCF rating list appeared in Chess Life on November 20, 1950. There were 2,400 players on that list.