The National Rifle Association has been a powerful political faction over the past several decades. Over the years, the NRA’s leadership has been fronted by a roster of different people. The first president of the organization, Civil War General Ambrose Burnside, was a key representative for the NRA. He was the person that spearheaded the organization’s initial agenda of securing the proper facility in which the original purpose of teaching marksmanship and rifle shooting techniques was to be conducted.
In the same vein, its founders, General George Wingate and Colonel William C. Church, can be considered as the “Godfathers” of the organization, and their impact is absolutely undeniable; they are the reason the NRA exists. However, the NRA’s first leaders probably did not have the same impact that more recent and current members of the board had in recent memory.