Ye Ancient Order of Whynot

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Ye Ancient Order of Whynot
Purpose/focus Mutual benefit society

Ye Ancient Order of Whynot (Why Not) was a North American fraternal insurance society, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, briefly active in the early years of the twentieth century. It eventually consolidated with the Knights of Modern Maccabees in December 1904.[1]

The order, in addition to insurance sales, also lent its name to a brand of cigars produced by H. L. Kirstein & Co., which was later simplified to "Whynot".


  1. Vorys, A.I., ed. (1905), "Part III of the Thirty-Eighth Annual Report: Ceased Business in Ohio", Summary of the Standing December 31, 1904 of All Life Insurance Companies and Assessment Associations Authorized To Do Business in Ohio, Springfield, Ohio: Springfield Publishing Company, State Printers, p. 333-334