Founders of Sigma Chi

RunkleBenjamin Piatt Runkle

  • “Courageous in Spirit and Idealism”
  • September 3, 1836-June 28, 1916
  • Attorney, 1859-61
  • Professor of military science and tactics, Miami 1899-1901; University of Maine, 1902-03; Peekskill Military Academy, 1903-04
  • Captain, major, and lieutenant colonel, 13th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, U.S. Army
  • Colonel, 45th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, U.S. Army

Thomas Cowan BellBell

  • “The Qualities of Learning”
  • May 14, 1832 – Feb 3, 1919
  • Publisher, Journal (Worthinigton, Minn.), 1878-85
  • President, Philamth College, 1885-86
  • Principal, La Creole Academy, Dalls, Ore., 1887-92
  • President, Central Oregon State Normal School, 1892-96
  • Captain, major and lieutenant colonel, 74th Ohio Volunteer Infantry U.S. Army, 1861-63
  • County superintendent, pulbic schools, Minnesota, 1872-77

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  • “Honest and Trustworthy through Life”
  • Oct. 31, 1836 – Aug 17, 1867
  • Admitted to the bar, 1860
  • Manufacturing, 1864
  • Company H, 48th Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, U.S. Army
  • First lieutenant, 1861
  • A.A.G., Second Division, Tenth Army Corps, U.S. Army, 1864

Isaac M. JordanJordan

  • “Energetic and Faithful to every task”
  • May 5, 1835 – Dec 3, 1890
  • Admitted to bar, Columbus, Ohio, 1858
  • Attorney, 1858-90
  • Congressman, first district of Ohio, 1883-85

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  • “Ruler of the Spirit”
  • Sept 2, 1830 – Dec 11, 1920
  • Pastor, Presbyterian churches in Ohio and Indiana, 1859-91
  • Delegate, Presbyterian General Assembly, 1872 and 1885

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  • “Courteous and Loyal in his friendships”
  • May 27, 1837 – Jul 22, 1888
  • Editor, Telegraph, Hamilton, Ohio, 1867-79
  • Cattleman, Kansas, 1879-82
  • Farmer, Woods Station, Ohio, 1882-1888
  • Private, Fifth Ohio Cavalry, U.S. Army, 1861

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  • “True to Principle”
  • Mar 27, 1841 – Apr 5, 1912
  • Teacher, Mississippi, 1858-59
  • Principal, Palmetto Academy, Panola County, Miss., 1860, 1865-66
  • Admitted to the bar, Mississippi, 1866
  • Attorney, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, Calif., 1867-75
  • Edited newspapers in Ohio
  • Practiced law in Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss., 1887-1912