Scroll and Key

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The Scroll and Key Society is a secret society that was established by John Addison Porter at Yale University in 1842. It rivals Skull and Bones and is one of several senior secret societies at Yale.

Founding Keysmen included Theodore Runyon (1842), later governor of New Jersey, Isaac Hiester (1842), a distinguished US congressman, and Leonard Case (1842), founder of Case Western Reserve University.

Each year, the Society's senior members choose fifteen members of the junior class at Yale to succeed them.

Tax records show that its endowment is several million dollars more than that of Skull and Bones.

Prominent members include three US secretaries of state, US supreme court justices, industrialists and financiers, US presidential candidates, Nobel laureates, and famous songwriters, writers, and movie makers:

  • George Shiras, Jr. (1853) U.S. Supreme Court Justice 1892-1903
  • Harvey Cushing (1891) is by many considered the greatest neurosurgeon of the 20th century and is considered the father of brain surgery.
  • Frank Polk (1894) founded prestigious a law firm, David, Polk, & Wardwell. Acting U.S. Secretary of State during World War I: negotiated the peace and headed American delegation to Peace Conference at Paris
  • Cole Porter (1913), composer and songwriter
  • Dean Acheson (1915), U.S. Secretary of State 1949-1952, architect of the Cold War foreign policy.

Porter and Acheson roomed together at Harvard Law School, and Porter famously withdrew from that school to allow Dean to graduate.

Shriver, a lifelong friend of Cyrus Vance; tapped him to join the powerbase in Scroll and Key:

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