THE ZETA PSI FRATERNITY AND THE KAPPA CHAPTER
THE Zeta Psi Fraternity is a child of the Masonic Order,
as it was founded by members of that brotherhood
who naturally incorporated into the new fraternity many
characteristic features of their own.
The honor of establishing the society is due to John B.
Yates Somers, John M. Skillman, and William Henry Dayton,
who founded it in 1846, at the University of New York.
From this small beginning have sprung thirty different
chapters, of which number twenty are very prosperous to-day.
The Kappa Chapter at Tufts was the eleventh to be
granted a charter. In 1855, the Hon. Robert M. Morse, Jr.,
and the Hon. J. L. Flagg, formerly Mayor of Troy, N. Y.,
members of the Rho Chapter at Harvard, founded the Kappa,
entrusting to Benjamin A. Hathaway, of Tufts, the task of
choosing the charter members. He soon chose six other
men who were initiated a few weeks later at Harvard, thus
making the Kappa the oldest fraternity chapter at Tufts
The first meeting was held in the room of Henry B. Brown
and John C. Redman, in October, 1855, and meetings continued to be held there till June, 1856. It was during the
second year of the Kappa's existence that a room was
obtained in a wooden story-and-a-half house just east of the
bridge. This room, however, was used but a short time, and
the chapter moved into quarters on Main St., Medford, where
it remained till fire destroyed the property of the fraternity
The Civil War broke out at about the same time, calling all
but two of the members of the chapter to fight for their
country. Among those whose names are on the Roll of
Honor are Benjamin Allen Hathaway, Herman Joseph Smith,
and Lieutenant Henry Bowers Walton, who was killed in the
battle at Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864, from the class of
'58; Colonel Thomas Orville Seaver, Brigadier-General Selden
Connor from the class of '59; George Curtis Waldo, Lieutenant Lorin L. Dame, and Captain Oliver Hawkes Lowell, from
the class of '60. Captain Lowell was wounded at Gettysburg,
July 1, 1863, and died the following day. Lieutenant Colonel
Philo Hersy is the only representative of the class of '61 on
the Roll. From the class of '62 are the names of Lieutenant
Albion Thorne, Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Heald, and
Elbridge Hazen Dearborn; while Lieutenant Horatio Bisbee,
Lieutenant Rienzi Loud, and Henry Lyon represent the class
Owing to so many being at the front no more men were
initiated until 1864.
During the war most of the meetings were probably held on
the Hill although some were held in the vestry of the Universalist Church at Medford. In 1865 the chapter moved into
rooms in Usher's Block, Medford, where it remained until
rooms were taken in Odd Fellows Hall, North Cambridge, in
1894, where are the present quarters of the fraternity.
A meeting of the Grand Chapter is held annually, two of
which have been held in Boston; the first time in 1875 when
Zebulon White of the Kappa delivered the oration. At the
urgent request of the Kappa Chapter the Grand Chapter
again held the annual convention in Boston in 1883.
Associations of the Alumni have been formed in various
parts of the country, the one nearest Tufts being the New
England Division with headquarters in Boston.
ZETA PSI FRATERNITY: FOUNDED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK IN 1846.
PhiUniversity of New York1846
SigmaUniversity of Pennsylvania1850
UpsilonUniversity of North Carolina1858
XiUniversity of Michigan1858
BetaUniversity of Virginia1868
IotaUniversity of California1870
Theta XiUniversity of Toronto1879
Alpha PsiMcGill University1883
NuCase School of Applied Sciences1885
MuLeland Stanford, Jr., University1893
KAPPA CHAPTER OF ZETA PSI: ESTABLISHED IN 1855.
Prof. BENJAMIN G. BROWN, (Harv.) '58,
Prof. DAVID L. MAULSBY, '87,
Prof. WARREN S. WOODBRIDGE, '74,
Prof. LEO R. LEWIS, '87,
Instructor FRANK T. DANIELS, '90,
Instructor ORLANDO F. LEWIS, '95,
A. W. DE GOOSH, '93,
A. K. LANE, '93,
W. R. DUNHAM, '95.
CLASS OF 1896.
WALTER HERMON BELCHER,
HENRY WILLIAM HOLBROOK,
ORREN HENRY SMITH.
CLASS OF 1897.
LEM GALE BLANCHARD,
JOHN MCARTHUR BUTTERFIELD,
ARTHUR AMES HODGMAN,
CLASS OF 1898.
ARTHUR LOW BAILEY,
IRVING STOCKTON CLARK,
WILLIE PARKER JONES,
JOHN ARTHUR MADDOCKS,
WILLIS ALBERT MOORE,
GEORGE NELSON ROBINSON,
WALTER GEORGE WHITMAN.
CLASS OF 1899.
CARL GORDON BRIGHTMAN,
EDWIN KING CARPENTER,
AUGUSTUS LEON CUTLER,
HUGH HENRY RALPH,
FORSTER ANSON SMITH,
MORTON ADAMS STURTEVANT,
SHELLEY DAVIS VINCENT.