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with a true philosophical spirit, looking to the entire man, develop his whole being—moral, social and intellectual
— Samuel Eells, on the purpose of Alpha Delta Phi

History of Alpha Delta Phi

Alpha Delta Phi was founded in 1832 at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York by Samuel Eells (1810-1842).  Founded as a literary society, it evolved into one of the most distinguished of the original American college fraternities.  It has retained its focus on its literary roots, by attracting only the best students at the most prestigious colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.  Our chapters are leaders on their respective campuses, where some of our chapter houses have been designated architectural or historic landmarks.  The Alpha Delta Phi experience has helped a significant number of its 50,000 lifelong members to become top leaders in industry, government, education, and religion.

 

Samuel Eells, the provident founder of The Alpha Delta Phi, most eloquently expressed the principal purpose of the fraternity. It was his intent that “this new association, with a true philosophical spirit, looking to the entire man, develop his whole being—moral, social and intellectual.” Since its beginning at Hamilton College in 1832, The Alpha Delta Phi has sought to provide a comprehensive growth experience for young men at leading universities and colleges in Canada and the United States.