List of Skull & Bones members (partial)

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Skull and Bones, a secret society at Yale University, was founded in 1832. Until 1971, the organization published annual membership rosters, which were kept at Yale’s library. In this list of notable Bonesmen, the number in parentheses represents the cohort year of Skull and Bones, as well as their graduation year.

There are no official rosters published after 1982 and membership for later years is speculative. Some news organizations refer to them as a power elite.[1]

Founding members (1832–33 academic year)

William Huntington Russell, founder of Skull and Bones and the namesake of the society’s corporate body, theRussell Trust Association

19th century

1830s

1840s

Orris S. Ferry (Bones 1844), United States Senator

1850s

Daniel Coit Gilman (Bones 1852), president of several universities, formed the Bones’ corporate body, the Russell Trust Association, in 1856, the same year the first wing of their building was constructed.[3]:83–5

1860s

1870s[edit]

William Howard Taft (Bones 1878), son of the society’s co-founder and the first of three Bonesmen to become US President

1880s[edit]

Henry L. Stimson (Bones 1888), US Secretary of War and Secretary of State

1890s

20th century

1900s

1910s

Archibald MacLeish (Bones 1915), poet, diplomat, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and Librarian of Congress

Senator Prescott Bush(Bones 1916) has long been rumored to have played a role in Skull and Bones’ alleged theft of the skull of Native American leaderGeronimo.[3]:144–6

1920s

1930s

1940s

1950s

1960s

John Kerry (Bones 1966) faced off against George W. Bush (Bones 1968) in the 2004 US presidential election, the first time two Bonesmen had run against one another for that office.[119]

1970s

1980s

1990s to present

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