Mother of Fraternities
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Mother of Fraternities

The Mother of Fraternities is a term commonly used to refer to two colleges: Union College and Miami University.

Union College was the site in which three fraternities in the United States, Kappa Alpha Society[1], Sigma Phi Society[2], and Delta Phi[3], known collectively as the Union Triad, were founded between 1825 and 1827.

Several other early alpha chapters in the Greek system, including Psi Upsilon (1833), Chi Psi (1841), and Theta Delta Chi (1847), were founded at Union as well.

The Mother of Fraternities label is also used to refer to Miami University[4][5] based upon the rise of the Miami Triad: Beta Theta Pi[6], Phi Delta Theta[7] and Sigma Chi[8] which were founded from 1839 to 1855, during the school's historical period known as "Old Miami". After the school became reestablished, the alpha chapters of Delta Zeta (1902)[9] and Phi Kappa Tau (1906)[10] were founded.[11]


  1. ^ "HISTORY OF THE KAPPA ALPHA SOCIETY". Kappa Alpha Society. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "History of the Sigma Phi". Sigma Phi. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "About Delta Phi". Delta Phi. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Shriver, Phillip (1998). Pratt, William, ed. Miami University: A Personal History. Oxford, OH: Miami University Press. pp. 85-98. ISBN 1881163288.
  5. ^ Powell, Lisa (February 16, 2018). "Happy 209th birthday, Miami! 9 things you didn't know about the university's history". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "The Founding of Beta Theta Pi". Beta Theta Pi. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Our Mission". Phi Delta Theta. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "The Founding". Sigma Chi. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "WOMEN IN HISTORY & THE MAKING OF DELTA ZETA SORORITY". Delta Zeta. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Phi Kappa Tau Founding". Phi Kappa Tau. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ Mother of Fraternities. Remarkable Ohio (Ohio Historical Marker). 22 S Campus Avenue, Oxford, OH 45056: Ohio History Connection. Retrieved 2018.

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