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Our Background


Delta Chi was founded at Cornell University on October 13th, 1890.  Since 1929, Delta Chi has recognized the following 11 Cornell Law students as founders: Albert Sullard Barnes, Myron McKee Crandall, John Milton Gorham, Peter Schermerhorn Johnson, Edward Richard O'Malley, Owen Lincoln Potter, Alphonse Derwin Stillman, Thomas A. Sullivan, Monroe Marsh Sweetland, Thomas David Watkins, and Frederick Moore Whitney.

Delta Chi did not become a single member fraternity until 1909 when membership in the Fraternity precluded membership in any other college social fraternity.  After WWI, many Delta Chi chapters began to stretch recruiting restrictions by initiating men with no intention of studying law, contrary to the fraternity's roots in legal scholarship.

Following an important nationwide vote in 1922, Delta Chi became a general fraternity open to undergraduate students  “pursuing studies in, law, liberal arts, journalism, commerce, or finance, or by whatever such name courses may be known.”  Delta Chi continued to progress and took the lead among Greek letter fraternities by voting to abolish “Hell Week” in 1929.

Since 2011, Delta Chi - Wilmington Chapter has welcomed strong-willed and intelligent members into our Social Fraternity. Founded by a group of young and courageous individuals who took a leap of faith to form this chapter, our hope is to keep their legacy alive for generations to come.

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