Justus H. Rathbone

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Justus H. Rathbone
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As pictured in Carnahan's "Pythian Knighthood" (1888)

Born 29 October 1839(1839-10-29) [1]
Deerfield, New York
Died 9 December 1889 (50) [2]
Lima, Ohio
Nationality American
Alma mater Carlisle Seminary; Madison University
Affiliations Knights of Pythias

Justus Henry Rathbone (October 29, 1839 - December 9, 1889) was an American fraternalist, founder of the Order of the Knights of Pythias, the ritual for which he wrote while serving as a schoolmaster at Eagle Harbor, Michigan.


  1. Carnahan, James R. (1888), "Justus Henry Rathbone, the Founder of the Order of Knights of Pythias", Pythian Knighthood, Its History and Literature, Cincinnati: The Pettibone Manufacturing Company, p. 111-114, 
  2. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), Justus Henry Rathbone, 1889; Burial, Utica, Oneida, New York, United States of America, New Forest Cemetery; citing record ID 5838073, Find a Grave,