The History of Alpha Tau Omega
Founded at the Virginia Military Institute in 1865 by Otis Allen Glazebrook, Erskine Mayo Ross, and Alfred Marshall, Alpha Tau Omega was a fraternity created to unite men during Reconstruction and the aftermath of the American Civil War. At the time, there was a lot of bitter emotions between men from the North and South parts of the US, which created social tension at a time of great change. As our Creed says, we have a vision "to know no North, no South, no East, no West, but to know man as man". Today, we have continued to practice and further develop this theology of diversity and acceptance of all, and such traditions are what make up the members of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
BEta Beta: the Longest Continuously Running Ato chapter
While the original Alpha Tau Omega chapter was founded at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in 1865, VMI removed all fraternities from campus in 1885 for a period of time. That same year, the Beta Beta Chapter was founded at Birmingham-Southern College. Since then, we have remained the longest continuously running ATO chapter in the country as we have never once lost or had our charter suspended. Here's to another 130 years!
The Lexington Triad
In 1885, another fraternity called the Kappa Alpha Order was founded at the College of William and Lee, another school in Lexington, Virginia. Four years later, in 1889 the Sigma Nu fraternity was founded at the Virginia Military Institute alongside Alpha Tau Omega. Together, these three fraternities form the Lexington Triad.
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