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John Milton Lee

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John Milton Lee
Born(1890-09-07)September 7, 1890
Danville, Indiana, U.S.
January 8, 1958(1958-01-08) (aged 67)January 8, 1958(1958-01-08) (aged 67)
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Founder of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated; U.S. military officer, Editor, Caterer

John Milton Lee (September 7, 1890 – January 8, 1958) was a founder of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. He was the fraternity's first Keeper of Records.


Early life[edit]

Lee was born in Danville, Indiana on September 7, 1890.[1] He attended Danville High School, graduating in 1910. He then entered Indiana University as a pre-med student.[2]

Founding of Kappa Alpha Psi[edit]

Lee was a member of the original group of men assembled by Elder Watson Diggs that met to discuss the formation of the fraternity that would become Kappa Alpha Psi. On January 5, 1911, the fraternity was officially founded, and Lee was made the first Keeper of Records (or fraternity secretary).[2]

Later life[edit]

In 1913, Lee left Indiana University to enroll in the University of Pennsylvania.[2] In 1915, he enrolled at Temple University, subsequently withdrawing because of a death in his family.[1] In 1918, he enlisted in the 349th Field Artillery, serving as a Sergeant first class and a gunner.[2] Lee's battery was the first all-black battery to open fire on an enemy.[1]

In 1931, Lee married Mary Walker Robinson.[1] He was involved in various enterprises, such as organizing the first African-American golf club in Pennsylvania, organizing and serving as Vice President and Secretary of the Mutual Emergency Union, and serving on the Board of Managers of the Columbia Community Branch of the YMCA.[1]

Lee died on January 8, 1958.[2]

See also[edit]

  • Kappa Alpha Psi


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Founder: John Milton Lee". Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Official Website. Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Bryson, Ralph J. (2003). The Story of Kappa Alpha Psi: A History of the Beginning and Development of A College Greek Letter Organization 1911-1999. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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