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(Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias)
the inception of the order, several departments and auxiliaries
have been added to take care of the
various demands for which there appeared to be an insistent
In 1877 the Insurance Department was organized.
The Military Department, commonly called the Uniform Rank,
was officially recognized by the Supreme Lodge on November
The order of Pythias Sisters was founded by Joseph Addison
Hill , October 23, 1888, and was officially recognized as
an auxiliary of the order on August 24, 1914.
The Princes of Syracuse was officially recognized as an auxiliary
of the order on August 27, 1927.
The Junior Order of Knights of Pythias, authorized in August
1960, was officially recognized as an auxiliary
in August of 1962 .
The Nomads of Avrudaka is an independent auxiliary of the
Dramatic Order of the Knights of Khorrassan.
The Pythian Sunshine Girls is an independent auxiliary of
the Pythian Sisters.
Justus H. Rathbone
of the Kights of Pythias - Feb 19, 1864
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
here for more History
Links - Knights of Pythias Library (non-ritual)
James R. Carnahan, Commander of the Uniformed Rank(UR)*
“Tactics and Manual for Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias”, First
edition published in Cincinnati, Ohio in July 1883.
“Pythias Knighthood: Its History and Literature”, published
at Cincinnati, OH 1888 (Archive.org)
*The Uniformed Rank (UR) came into being in 1878. A great many
Pythians were Civil War Veterans and some lodges formed their
own military drill teams. This would in time evolve into the
Uniformed Ranks. The Pythian UR
was sometimes known as the Army of the Lily.
Author: Capt. Hugh Goold Webb - P.C.P.G.R.
A history of the Knights of Pythias and its branches and auxiliary
- 1910 (Archive.org)
William D. Kennedy’s Pythian History published in 1904
Damon and Pythias by Banim
here for more Links