- Kappa Kappa Kappa
Kappa Kappa Kappa ("Tri-Kap") is a local men's fraternity at
Dartmouth Collegein Hanover, New Hampshire. The fraternity founded in 1842 is the second-oldest fraternity at Dartmouth College and the second-oldest local fraternity in the nation. Its house is at 1 Webster Avenue.
Despite offers to establish additional branches at other institutions, the brotherhood has remained a single-school institution for the duration of its history and is not a chapter of any national organization. Today it is one of the many recognized
Dartmouth College Greek organizations.
The organization has no affiliation with the post-American Civil War
Ku Klux Klan, which first formed 24 years later (in 1866) and adopted Roman-alphabet initials, “KKK”, similar to the Greek letters of Tri-Kap. According to legend, Kappa Kappa Kappa sued the Ku Klux Klan for defamation of name but lost because the judge ruled that the similarity in initials of the organizations was sheer coincidenceFact|date=December 2007.
Dartmouth College was founded by
Eleazar Wheelockin 1769. Fourteen years later the first student society came into existence, and student societies and the College have been intertwined ever since.
For much of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, two societies vied for preeminence: the "Socials" (officially the Society of Social Friends, est. 1783) and the "Fraters" (the United Fraternity, est. 1786). By 1815, half of the College were members, and a fierce competition existed between the two in order to attract the finest students.
In 1842, a dispute arose within the Fraters as to a vote for the organization's leadership. The fracture resulted in the formation of Psi Upsilon, by those who supported John Tyler in the contest, and Kappa Kappa Kappa, by those who supported Harrison Hobart.
Tri-Kap was founded on July 13, 1842, by Hobart and two of his close companions, Stephen Gordon Nash and John Dudley Philbrick. The society was based on the principles of Democracy, loyalty to Dartmouth, and equality of opportunity. Originally a literary and debating society, in 1905 Tri-Kap officially became a social society and has remained so ever since.
Tri-Kap was the first student society at Dartmouth with its own meeting place, a building called The Hall that originally was located where
the Hopkins Centerstands today. Opened on July 28, 1860, the Hall served as Tri-Kap's home until the Society moved into the Parker House in 1894, located where the modern-day Silsby Hall stands. In 1923, the Society moved into 1 Webster Avenue, where it resides to this day.
Since 1905, Tri-Kap has remained a popular society on the Dartmouth campus. During the mid-1990s, however, membership fell dramatically to only 11 active members and the house was in danger of losing its charter. In the fall of 1995, approximately 15 Asian-American students rushed the fraternity and restored its popularity by providing an alternative to the dominant mainstream fraternity culture. The rejuvenated brotherhood maintained the house traditions while infusing a forward-looking emphasis on urbanity, internationalism, and diversity. Currently, Tri-Kap is one of Dartmouth's largest and most active fraternities with over 60 brothers.
F. Andrew Hessick1998, Noted Constitutional and Civil Procedure Scholar, originated the "Hessick Doctrine" regarding the use of collateral estoppel
*Alex M. Azar 1988, Deputy Sec. of U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
*Dany H. Trinh 1986,
Pokemon BlueConcepts designer for Game Freaks
*Peter Robinson 1979, White House Speechwriter for Ronald Reagan
Nick Lowery, three-time Pro Bowl kicker.
*David Shribman 1976, Pulitzer Prize winner
*John F. Lundgren 1973, President & CEO of
Stanley Works, a Fortune 500 Company
Mark Dillen Stitham1972, actor Hawaii TV series [Jake & the Fatman, Raven, Unsolved Mysteries, Lost]
Douglas Walgren1963, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
David Rosenbaum1963, New York Times Journalist
Nitya Pibulsonggram1962, Foreign Minister of Thailand and former Thai Ambassador to the United States
*Dr. Bob 1902, Co-Founder of
Channing H. Cox1901, Governor of Massachusetts
Sherman Burroughs1894, U.S. Congressman from New Hampshire
John Barrett1889, U.S. Minister to Siam, the Argentine Republic, Panama, & Colombia
Winfield Scott Hammond1884, Governor of Minnesota
Samuel D. Felker1882, Governor of New Hampshire
Samuel Walker McCall1874, Governor of Massachusetts
Irving Webster Drew1870, U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
Henry Eben Burnham1865, U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
Henry Moore Baker1864, U.S. Congressman from New Hampshire
*Col. Frank Haskell 1854, wrote famous first-hand account of the battle of Gettysburg
Charles Henry Bell1844, U.S. Senator and Governor of New Hampshire
Ambrose A. Ranney1844, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
Benjamin Franklin Flanders1842 (honorary), Governor of Louisiana
*Daniel Clark 1834 (honorary), U.S. Senator
Rufus Choate1819 (honorary), U.S. Senator
Levi Woodbury1809 (honorary), Gov. of New Hampshire, U.S. Senator, Sec. of the Treasury, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Daniel Webster1801 (honorary), U.S. Senator, Congressman, and Secretary of State
Lewis Cass(honorary), Governor of Michigan, U.S. Senator, and Presidential nominee
* [http://www.tri-kap.com/ Kappa Kappa Kappa Society]
* [http://trikap.blogspot.com/ Kappa Kappa Kappa Blog]
* [http://www.dartmouth.edu/~ifc/ Dartmouth College Inter-Fraternity Council]
* [http://www.dartmo.com/halls/ "Halls, Tombs and Houses: Student Society Architecture at Dartmouth"]
* [http://www.greekpages.com/schools/school.cfm?Location_ID=233 Greek Houses at Dartmouth (incomplete)]
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