World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Seal and Serpent

Article Id: WHEBN0005159177
Reproduction Date:

Title: Seal and Serpent  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: List of social fraternities and sororities, List of fraternities and sororities at Cornell University, Fraternities and sororities in North America
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Seal and Serpent

The Seal and Serpent Society
The Letters of Seal and Serpent
Seal and Serpent Crest circa 2015
Founded 1905
Cornell University
Type Social Fraternity
Scope United States
Colors Black and Gold
Symbol Shield, Serpent and Skull
Chapters Independent
Headquarters 305 Thurston Avenue
Ithaca, New York, USA

The Seal & Serpent Society is an independent social fraternity located at Cornell University. Founded in 1905, the Society is one of the oldest local fraternities in the United States. The Tudor mansion at 305 Thurston Avenue has housed the active chapter since 1929.

Seal and Serpent is a social fraternity rather than a

  • Official website
  • Cornell OFSA Site

External links

  1. ^ "Welcome to the Cornell Interfraternity Council". Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  2. ^ "DOS: Chapter Details". Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  3. ^ Dear Uncle Ezra, Cornell University. "Dear Uncle Ezra - Questions for Thursday, February 22, 2007 - Cornell University". Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Seal and Serpent Society". 1905-04-02. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  5. ^ Seymour, James William Davenport (1921). "Friends of France". MEmorial Volume of the American Field Service in France: 238–240. 
  6. ^ a b Dear Uncle Ezra, Cornell University. "Dear Uncle Ezra - Questions for Tuesday, August 5, 1997 - Cornell University". Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  7. ^ Scabbard and Blade at Cornell University. (1931-05-23). Retrieved on 2011-05-12.
  8. ^ "305 Thurston Housing". Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Seal and Serpent Society". 1927-10-22. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  10. ^ "Guide to the Seal and Serpent Society of Cornell University Records,1906-2009". Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  11. ^ Linhorst, Michael (2010-04-23). "Bob Saget Documents Cornell University Fraternity Life | The Cornell Daily Sun". Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  12. ^ "A. C. Blunt, 80, Newton Centre Services Held".  
  13. ^ "Obituaries: Blunt, Albert Church, Jr., 80".  
  14. ^ "Frederick Sly, Formerly of Fredonia, Dies".  
  15. ^ "Team". Bain Capital. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  16. ^ "Senator Kirk's Official Website". 
  17. ^ "Former Ambassadors | Embassy of the United States Tirana, Albania". Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  18. ^ "Seal and Serpent Society". Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  19. ^ "Members of the IIE Board of Trustees". 
  20. ^ "Gligor Tashkovich". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  21. ^ "2003 Term Member Program" (PDF). Council on Foreign Relations. 
  22. ^ "Edward Tinkham: biography, pictures and information -". 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  23. ^ "Seal & Serpent: Rush 2005". Retrieved 2012-01-31. 


  • Robert Cunjak,[15] – Managing Director, Bain Capital, LLC
  • Mark Kirk – Junior United States Senator from Illinois [16]
  • William Ryerson[17][18] – First US Ambassador to the Republic of Albania
  • Martin Tang – Retired Chairman, Asia at Spencer Stuart & Associates; 112th President of the MIT Alumni Association; Cornell University Trustee Emeritus and Presidential Councillor; Trustee of the Institute of International Education [19]
  • Gligor Tashkovich[20] – Minister of Foreign Investment, Republic of Macedonia (2006–2008); Council on Foreign Relations (1999–2004)[21]
  • Edward Isley Tinkham[22][23] – Captain, United States Army (World War I)[6]
Photo US Senator Mark Kirk.
US Senator Mark Kirk as president of Seal and Serpent in 1981.

Notable alumni

  • William Henry McCaully '08
  • Charles “Dickie” Chester Byron Dickson ’08
  • Frederic "Fritz" Sanford Sly, '07[14]

Not Pictured:

  • Stanhope Eccleston Blunt, '09
  • George "Gus" Ruhlen Jr., '07
  • Benjamin "Stuzzie" Stuart McConnell, '08
  • Alfred "Shep" William Shepherd, '07
  • Carrollton "Twig" Crawford Sprigg, '07
  • Albert "Bert" Church Blunt Jr., '07[12][13]
  • Romeo "Romey" Benvenuto Kuehns, '07
  • Earl "Zim" William Zimmerman, '07
  • Alvin "Gub" Ward King, '07
  • Harold "Monie" Mead McConnell, '07
Photo of the original 10 Seal and Serpent Brothers.
The original Snakes of Seal and Serpent.

Original Snakes

In 2010, Seal & Serpent was featured in the A&E Network TV show "Strange Days with Bob Saget" in an episode exploring Ivy League fraternity life.[11]

In Film

The Seal and Serpent home is located at 305 Thurston Avenue. The earliest members of the Society purchased the land in 1913, but the building of the Lodge was delayed by the demands of World War I. Construction finally began in 1926, and the Lodge was formally dedicated and presented to the Active Chapter on October 22, 1927.[9] Over 1,000 members have lived there.[10]

The Seal and Serpent Lodge[8]

The Lodge

After World War I, the impact of the Great Depression on college campuses was severe. The vast majority of independent social clubs were purchased by national chapters, and universities purchased the property where many fraternities now reside. Seal and Serpent was one of two fraternities at Cornell that had the resources to remain independent, the other house converting to a national fraternity shortly after the Depression ended. Today, Seal and Serpent is the only independent social society at Cornell University.

The Great Depression Era

Under Captain Edward I Tinkham ’16, members of the American Expeditionary Forces were the first Americans to carry the Stars and Stripes into Europe at the start of the Great War. 264 Cornellians died in World War I; Captain Tinkham died of tuberculosis while in Italy. For his service, Tinkham earned the Italian War Cross and Port Corsini in 1918, and the US Navy Cross thereafter.[6][7]

Cornell commissioned 4,598 officers in the Great War; more than half of the 9,000 total Cornellians enlisted. Seal and Serpent lost three men during the War: Joseph Mason ’13, Frank McCullough ’20, and Edward Ilsley Tinkham ’16. In March 1917, Tinkham organized the first unit of Cornell men. A varsity athlete and known figure at Cornell, en route to France one of his classmates wrote of him: "'Ed' Tinkham. is the recognized leader of the unit and whatever he says goes. No one could be more devoted to our welfare and there is something about the quiet way he handles things and looks after us that makes everyone love and respect him."[5]

In 1917, World War I dramatically impacted student life in Ithaca, and the landscape of the entire Cornell community changed. The Lodge did not yet exist, and Society’s Board of Directors offered the University the use of the West Avenue house as a ROTC barracks.

The house has had a long tradition of military history.

World War I Era

Seal and Serpent Society has its origins in the coalescence of two Cornell undergraduate groups; the "Crooks' Club" and the "Senators." The ten original members began to meet in the fall of 1905 with the intent of preserving the traditions of Cornell student life. They called themselves the Society of the Seal and Serpent, and made plans to take a house together in the fall and elect their first officers. " Alvin Ward "Gub" King '07 was elected president as a sort of coalition man not involved too much with either of the two original groups.[4]

The Badge of Seal and Serpent



  • History 1
    • World War I Era 1.1
    • The Great Depression Era 1.2
  • The Lodge 2
  • In Film 3
  • Original Snakes 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

[3][2] which oversees the university's entire fraternity system.[1]

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.