First General Convention


Three years after the founding of the Fraternity, John McMillan Wilson proposed a meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, with Robert Morrison. While four chapters were in existence then, Ohio Alpha, Indiana Alpha, Kentucky Alpha, and Indiana Beta, only the first two had representation at the Convention on December 30, 1851.

The business of the Order included the discipline of two Ohio Alpha members accused of intoxication, J.H Childs and J. G. McNutt. In addition, J. A. Anderson, Miami 1853, submitted for consideration the expansion prospects of several schools in the region. Two positive steps included a committee establishing new chapters using the term ‘colleges’ and the designation of Ohio Alpha as Grand Chapter.