|Birth: ||Jul. 16, 1847|
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 1880|
George Brainerd was in the Class of 1865 at Rennsaeller Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He was a founding father of the Theta Xi National Fraternity. On April 29, 1864 - that most sacred night in the history of Theta Xi - eight former members of Sigma Delta met in their
secret rooms for the purpose of founding Theta Xi. Ralph G. Packard was chosen chairman because he had been president of Sigma Delta at the time of its dissolution. Brother Farnum was requested to act a secretary. A committee made up of Brothers Buel and Brainerd was designated to develop an initiation service, while another committee comprised of Brothers Raymond, Starbuck,
and Brainerd was made responsible for developing a grip, various symbols, and names of the officers, as well as for completing all vacancies in the constitution. The Constitution, By-Laws, and Rules of Order which had been drawn up by the committee were read and adopted without a dissenting vote. The oath of initiation was taken by all the Founders as a group, then they signed the Constitution alphabetically and by classes. The new society decided that the chapter be called the Alpha Chapter of Theta Xi,
and that each succeeding chapter should be named by the following letter of the Greek alphabet. On the same night Edward H. Morrison was unanimously selected as the first new member of the Fraternity, and was initiated eight days later on May 7, 1864.
He had been a Civil Engineer for the Purveyor’s Office, Brooklyn Water Works, Brooklyn, NY.
Brainerd’s ancestors helped find and establish the town of Haddam Neck. His family has a library named after them in the town and the library holds many family records and pictures.
Old Rock Landing Cemetery
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Our Strong Bonds Can N'er Be Broken|
Formed In Theta Xi
Far Surpassing Wealth Unspoken
Sealed by Friendship's Ties
Amici Usque Adaras
Deep Gravened On Each Heart
Shall Be Found Unwaivering Truth
When We From Life Shall Part
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