The 15 Most Powerful Members Of ‘Skull And Bones’

The most famous secret society in America, Skull and Bones was co-founded at Yale in 1832 by the father of a future president and has come to signify everything that attracts and repulses the public about “The Elite.”

Rumor has it that Yale junior class members are tapped for membership each fall by some measure of leadership, influence and breeding.

Among the business titans, poets, politicians and three US Presidents that are rumored to be members, we’ve picked out the honor roll.

William Howard Taft – Class of 1878

Our 27th, and fattest (fun fact), President was known to his college buddies as “Big Lub,” and was the first “Bonesman” ever to reach The Oval Office.

Frankly, young Mr. Taft would probably had a rather easy time getting into the club…

His father, and one-time Attorney General, Alphonso Taft, co-founded Skull and Bones as a Yale student in 1832.

Amos Alonzo Stagg – Class of 1888

Yale’s greatest football player of all-time (apologies to Calvin Hill), Stagg practically invented the modern game and is still the only man to be elected into both the Pro Football and Pro Basketball Halls of Fame.

It can only be assumed that being the most gifted jock in Yale’s history had some bearing on Mr. Stagg’s being chosen to join Skull and Bones.

William Averill Harriman – Class of 1913

The future Governor of New York and Presidential candidate was clearly a man who liked his time at Yale…

Immediately after inheriting the largest fortune in The United States from his railroad baron father upon his graduation, Harriman took a job as Yale’s crew coach and stuck around New Haven.

No doubt the man his fellow Bonesmen referred to Averill as “Thor,” continued to enjoy himself around town as Yale celebrity before moving on to his many future successes.

View more at Business InsiderThe most famous secret society in America, Skull and Bones was co-founded at Yale in 1832 by the father of a future president and has come to signify everything that attracts and repulses the public about “The Elite.”

Rumor has it that Yale junior class members are tapped for membership each fall by some measure of leadership, influence and breeding.

Among the business titans, poets, politicians and three US Presidents that are rumored to be members, we’ve picked out the honor roll.

William Howard Taft – Class of 1878

Our 27th, and fattest (fun fact), President was known to his college buddies as “Big Lub,” and was the first “Bonesman” ever to reach The Oval Office.

Frankly, young Mr. Taft would probably had a rather easy time getting into the club…

His father, and one-time Attorney General, Alphonso Taft, co-founded Skull and Bones as a Yale student in 1832.

Amos Alonzo Stagg – Class of 1888

Yale’s greatest football player of all-time (apologies to Calvin Hill), Stagg practically invented the modern game and is still the only man to be elected into both the Pro Football and Pro Basketball Halls of Fame.

It can only be assumed that being the most gifted jock in Yale’s history had some bearing on Mr. Stagg’s being chosen to join Skull and Bones.

William Averill Harriman – Class of 1913

The future Governor of New York and Presidential candidate was clearly a man who liked his time at Yale…

Immediately after inheriting the largest fortune in The United States from his railroad baron father upon his graduation, Harriman took a job as Yale’s crew coach and stuck around New Haven.

No doubt the man his fellow Bonesmen referred to Averill as “Thor,” continued to enjoy himself around town as Yale celebrity before moving on to his many future successes.

View more at Business Insider

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