History of Tufts College, 1854-1896

Start, Alaric Bertrand
1896

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 College. 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 in 1860. 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 of '63. 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. Chapter Roll. PhiUniversity of New York1846 ZetaWilliams College1848 DeltaRutgers College1848 SigmaUniversity of Pennsylvania1850 ChiColby University1850 EpsilonBrown University1852 KappaTufts College1855 TauLafayette College1857 UpsilonUniversity of North Carolina1858 XiUniversity of Michigan1858 BetaUniversity of Virginia1868 LambdaBowdoin College1868 PsiCornell University1868 IotaUniversity of California1870 Theta XiUniversity of Toronto1879 AlphaColumbia College1879 Alpha PsiMcGill University1883 NuCase School of Applied Sciences1885 EtaYale University1889 MuLeland Stanford, Jr., University1893

KAPPA CHAPTER OF ZETA PSI: ESTABLISHED IN 1855. Resident Graduates. 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.

Undergraduates. CLASS OF 1896. WALTER HERMON BELCHER, HENRY WILLIAM HOLBROOK, ORREN HENRY SMITH. CLASS OF 1897. LEM GALE BLANCHARD, JOHN MCARTHUR BUTTERFIELD, ARTHUR AMES HODGMAN, PAYSON SMITH. 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.

 
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Published by the Class of 1897. The original contains appendices with a directory of alumni, the college catalog, and the college charter. These were not included in this addition.

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