United Order of the Golden Cross (UOGC)


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A mutual assessment beneficiary society of men and women total abstainers from the use of alcoholic drinks as a beverage, founded by Dr. J. H. Morgan in New England in 1876, one of the older of this variety of organizations. It is governed by a Supreme body composed of its officers and representatives of Grand bodies, which have jurisdiction over subordinate Commanderies. Its strength lies in the New England States, but Grand Commanderies also exist in New York, District of Columbia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. Its organizers were Freemasons who sought, by a system of graded assessments, to form an economical and safe method of insuring the lives of members for $500, $1,000, or 2,000. The Order also cares for members when in sickness and distress. Its success is attested by its annual death-rate of only about 9 in 1,000, and its grand total of nearly $4,000,000 paid to beneficiaries since the date of organization. Acceptable white men and women between sixteen and fifty-five years of age are eligible to membership, and it claims to be among the first societies, if not the first society, of the kind to admit women to its ranks on the same terms as men. In 1893 there were 20,357 members, and in 1897, 28,000. The emblem of the Order is a Greek cross with the initials of the words United Order, Golden Cross in the arms thereof, and a five-pointed star in the centre, crossed by a monogram formed of two letters S. The headquarters of the society are at Lewiston, Me.

 

Stevens, Albert Clark, ed. The Cyclopaedia of Fraternities: A Compilation of Existing Authentic Information . . . of More Than Six Hundred Secret Societies in the United States. New York: Hamilton Printing and Publishing Company, 1899, p.412.

 

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