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Uriah S. Stevens
Uriah Stevens
1821 - February 13, 1882
Philadelphian tailor Uriah Smith Stephens helped organize the Garment Cutter's Association of Philadelphia, and on Thanksgiving Day, 25 November 1869, he cofounded the Noble Order of the Knights of Labor, originally called The Five Stars.
Stevens' promotion of secrecy and ritual led to his resignation from the order in 1879. Reaching a membership of more than 700,000 in 1885, the order's involvement in the Haymarket Riot of 4 May 1886 precipitated a drastic drop in membership. The Knights formally dissolved in 1917.
Initiated: December 9, 1864
Passed: February 25, 1865
Raised : March 24, 1865
Kensington Lodge No. 211, Philadelphia

Source: Wikipedia, without citation, accessed 2007/09/23. Also see: "Many Fraternal Groups Grew From Masonic Seed" (Part 2 — 1860-1920) by Barbara Franco (assistant director for museum programs at the Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, Mass.) The Northern Lights, November 1985. His masonic membership has not been confirmed by any masonic body. Also see Knights of Pythias accessed 2007/08/30.

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