Born October 29, 1839, in Deerfield, New York - Died at the
age of fifty on December 9, 1889, Lima, Ohio.
He was the founder of the international fraternal order of
the Knights of
He graduated from Colgate University and attended Carlisle
Seminary. He was a music composer and actor. In 1863 he moved
to Washington D.C. as a government clerk in the United States
Treasury Department, where he founded the Knights of Pythias
on February 19, 1864. Rathbone wrote the ritual for the Knights
of Pythias which is based on the mythological friendship of
Damon and Pythias, while he was a school teacher at the Eagle
Harbor Schoolhouse, in Eagle Harbor, Michigan.
The Order of Knights of Pythias is an international, non-sectarian
fraternal order, and was the first fraternal order to be chartered
by an Act of Congress. It's aim was to heal the wounds of
the Civil War between the North and South and promote friendship
among men and relieve suffering.
in addition to supporting our military they do charitable
work, sponsor dances and do fundraising events.
Original Five Members:
Justus H. Rathbone,
A. Champion, William
H. Burnett, David
L. Burnett, Edward
The Building where the first K. of P Lodge was Institued (Marinis
Eagle Harbor Schoolhouse - www.mcgi.state.mi.us/hso/sites/8121.htm
Pythian History by William D. Kennedy, Chicago, Pythian Publishing
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