Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)

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1819-04-26 Baltimore MD USA


Founded by Thomas Wildey and 4 members of the Order from England. This first Washington Lodge received its charter from the Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows in England in 1820. The Manchester Unity had been set up in 1813 by various orders - Patriotic Order, Union of United Orders, Loyal Order - of the Odd Fellowship, a charitable organization set up in England in the 17th century and developed in the 18th century. The 'Rebekah Degree' for women was adopted 20 Sep 1851. Odd Fellows are also referred to as the Three Link Fraternity, which stands for Friendship, Love and Truth. All branches of the Order are co-ed. The highest Degree of the Order is that of Patriarchs Militant. Members have included 6 United States Presidents, including Ulysses S Grant and Franklin D Roosevelt.


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Sovereign Grand Lodge (SGL) - international administrative headquarters; Odd Fellows Lodges; Encampments; Cantons; Auxiliaries; Junior IOOF Lodges; Theta Rho Clubs. Grouped into jurisdictions. Auxiliary organization: E-XE4553 - International Association of Rebekah Assemblies (IARA).


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