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KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS
The Fraternal Order of Knights of Pythias is a great international fraternity which was founded in
Washington, DC, February 19, 1864, by Justus H. Rathbone , and embraces more than two
thousand subordinate lodges in the United States and Canada, and Italy and a membership
of over 50,000. They are headquartered in Topeka, KS.
The Knights of Pythias is the first fraternal organization to receive a charter under an act of the
Congress of the United States after careful investigation by then President Abraham Lincoln.
He was so impressed that an organization would want to volunteer their time and monies for
the betterment of mankind, and, so gave his blessing for the Knights of Pythias to receive this
coveted act. It was approved on May 5, 1870.
To this day after 145 years of service to mankind, the motto of the organization has not changed.
Friendship, Charity, and Benevolence, commitment to family, dedication to improving our
community’s, and helping those less fortunate than ourselves, the opportunity to make this
world just a little bit brighter.
For additional information on the Knights of Pythias, you can visit their website at http://www.pythias.org/