Field, Mary Moore Stewart



Birth Date

10/19/1852

Death Date

06/21/1898

Biography

Minnie Stewart originated the idea of Kappa Kappa Gamma in 1869 after leading suffragette, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, visited Monmouth. She invited Lou Bennett, Jennie Boyd, and Anna Willits to organize what she thought was the first Greek fraternity for women. She is listed on Fraternity rolls as Alpha 3 and her home (now the site of a Kappa Museum) was the site of many early meetings, especially for writing the first constitution and signing the charter Spring 1870. Stewart presided over the first KKG initiation and is said to have selected the iris as the official flower. She was also the first president and first Grand President, 1870-72 (Alpha was Grand Chapter 1870-75).

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