Fulton in Callaway County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Alpha Delta of Beta Theta Pi
Historic Greek Chapter
by its General Fraternity on March 5, 1868.
Alpha Delta Chapter of Beta Theta Pi is the oldest chapter of any
collegiate fraternity or sorority in continuous existence
west of the Mississippi River.
Charles Henry Hardin, “Of Ever Honored Memory,” one of the eight founders of Beta Theta Pi in 1839 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, lived in Fulton from 1843-1860. In 1858, he sponsored the petition for the charter of the Beta Theta Pi Chapter at Westminster College. Brother Hardin secured the approval of the General Fraternity for a chapter at Westminster in 1860, but the actual installation of the chapter was delayed until 1868 because of the local conditions surrounding the college during the Civil War and its aftermath.
Brother Hardin served as Governor of Missouri from 1875-1877. His gravesite is located in Jewell Cemetery in Columbia, Missouri.
Topics. This historical Education • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical date for this entry is March 5, 1868.
Location. 38° 50.895′ N, 91° 57.242′ W. Marker is in Fulton, Missouri, in Callaway County. Marker is on Westminster Avenue south of West 6th Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, directly in front of the fraternity house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 502 Westminster Avenue, Fulton MO 65251, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War Comes to Westminster College (within shouting distance of this marker); President Robert L. D. Davidson (within shouting distance of this marker); William Chrisman Swope Memorial Chapel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Westminster College Columns (about 400 feet away); Robertson Historic District (about 500 feet away); Westminster Hall Threshold (about 500 feet away); Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" Speech (about 600 feet away); The National Winston Churchill Museum (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fulton.
Also see . . .
1. The Founding of Beta Theta Pi. At nine o’clock on the evening of the eighth day of the eighth month of the year 1839, eight
John Reily Knox, 1839 * Samuel Taylor Marshall, 1840 * David Linton, 1839 * James George Smith, 1840 * Charles Henry Hardin, 1841 * John Holt Duncan, 1840 * Michael Clarkson Ryan, 1839 * Thomas Boston Gordon, 1840 (Submitted on June 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Beta Firsts. In addition to a roll of honor that includes some of North America’s foremost industry leaders, Beta Theta Pi is known for its entrepreneurial spirit, including recognition as the “Pioneering Fraternity” and “Leadership Fraternity.” The Fraternity is proud of its “Beta Firsts:”
First college fraternity founded west of the Allegheny Mountains (August 8, 1839)
First fraternity to have a General Convention (1842)
First to host an interfraternal event and meeting (1848)
First fraternity to establish a chapter west of the Mississippi River (1866)
First fraternity to create alumni chapters (1867)
First and oldest continuously published college fraternity magazine (1872)
First fraternity to have general officers (1872)
First college fraternity to publish an open constitution for public distribution (1879)
First fraternity to be founded in 15 states – more than any other fraternity
First fraternity established on more than 35 campuses – more than any other fraternity
First fraternity to adopt a 2.5 minimum GPA for a chapter (1984)
First fraternity to adopt a 2.5 minimum GPA for each member (1997)
First fraternity to adopt a 2.7 minimum GPA for a chapter (2006)
First fraternity to adopt a 2.8 minimum GPA – or the campus All Men’s Average – for a chapter, whichever is greatest (2012) (Submitted on June 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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