Phi Kappa Psi (ΦΚΨ, Phi Psi) is an American collegiate social fraternity founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania on February 19, 1852. There are over 100 chapters and colonies at accredited four year colleges and universities throughout the United States. More than 119,000 men have been initiated into Phi Kappa Psi since its founding. Phi Kappa Psi and Phi Gamma Delta, both founded at the same college, form the Jefferson Duo.
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In the winter of 1850, a typhoid fever epidemic hit Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Many students left school. Among those who remained were William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore. They chose to care for their classmates who were stricken with the contagious disease, and a strong bond was formed. In the following school year, Letterman and Moore decided to found a fraternity based on “the great joy of serving others” that they experienced during the epidemic. On February 19, 1852, Phi Kappa Psi was founded.
Phi Kappa Psi’s first form of government centered around a Grand Chapter. One chapter at a time was designated the Grand Chapter, and it was responsible for governing the national fraternity. This lasted until 1886 when a new constitution changed to the current form of government.
In 1992, Phi Kappa Psi began to award one exceptional chapter with the Grand Chapter Award. Its name is derived from the fraternity’s first form of government. This award was initially granted biennially at Grand Arch Councils. 2001 marked the first time that this award was granted in an odd-numbered year, and it has been an annual award ever since.
- William Henry Letterman — (August 12, 1832 – May 23, 1881) was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He was twenty years old when Phi Kappa Psi was founded by him and his colleague Charles Page Thomas Moore. William graduated from Jefferson College (now Washington and Jefferson College) and then went on to receive his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College in 1856, where he was president of his graduating class. His father was the physician to the town of Canonsburg and died early in William’s life. He is the younger brother of Jonathan K. Letterman who is known as the Father of Battlefield Medicine, whose system enabled thousands of wounded men to be recovered and treated during the American Civil War. He died on May 23, 1881, and was buried in the cemetery at Duffau, Texas.
- Charles Page Thomas Moore — (February 8, 1831 – July 7, 1904) was a co-founder of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity in 1852 at Jefferson College (now Washington and Jefferson College) in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He was born in Virginia in a portion of the state along the Ohio River now located in West Virginia. Moore was a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, and died in West Virginia.
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Phi Kappa Psi (ΦΚΨ)
- Founded On: February 19th, 1852 – Jefferson College
- Type: Social Fraternity
- Colors: Cardinal Red and Hunter Green
- Flower: Jacqueminot Rose
- Nicknames: Phi-Psi
- Chapters: 105 Chapters
- Website: www.phikappapsi.org
- Motto: Conjugati Amicitia, Vindicate Honore, Et Ducti Vero, Vivimus et Vigemus — “United by friendship, sustained by honor, and led by truth, We live and we flourish”