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History (non-ritual)

Justus H. Rathbone - Founder of the Kights of Pythias - Feb 19, 1864
Died on December 9, 1889 at the age of fifty.

Five Original Members:
Justus H. Rathbone, Robert A. Champion, William H. Burnett, David L. Burnett, and Edward S. Kimball - About

James R. Carnahan, Commander of the Uniformed Rank(UR) - Jump link to (History)

Feb 19 1864 - Beginning of
the Kights of Pythias. - Jump link to

Samuel Read, the first Supreme Chancellor, in 1871
Clarence W. Barton / Joseph T. K. Plant / J. Rufus Smith

Knights of Pythias Library
“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 ( - Read online
Author: James R. Carnahan, Commander of the Uniformed Rank(UR)*

*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.

William D. Kennedy’s Pythian History published in 1904

A history of the Knights of Pythias and its branches and auxiliary - 1910 ( - Read online
Author: Capt. Hugh Goold Webb - P.C.P.G.R.

The Golden Shield of Pythian Knighthood - 1928
Author: Charles J. Creller - Grand Keeper of Records and Seal / Knights of Pythias California

Damon and Pythias by Banim

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