Kappa Alpha Order

2nd
Knight Commander

Samuel Zenas Ammen

2nd Knight Commander

2-ammen-samuelZA Confederate veteran, Ammen was born in Fincastle, Virginia, in 1843 to Benjamin and Naomi Cross Ammen and was initiated by Alpha Chapter in October of 1866.  Known as the Order’s Practical Founder because of his seminal influence on the organization, he is credited with developing the ritual, paraphernalia, explanation of the symbols, the meaning of KA, the office of the Knight Commander, the direction of initiation, the chapter, Knight Commander’s and Grand Historian’s seals, coat of arms, crest, grip, button, flowers, motto, flag, Special Messenger, and the organization of the chapters.  During Ammen’s six terms as Knight Commander, he installed or reestablished twenty-two active chapters and four alumni chapters.  Ammen would make his professional mark as the literary editor of the Baltimore Sun.  He also wrote Latin Grammar for Beginners, A Scientific Description of the Luray Cave, and History of Maryland Commands in the Confederate Service.  he died on January 5, 1929, in Daytona Beach, Florida, and is buried in Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in Lexington, Virginia.

  • Term of Service: 1869-1871, 1891-1897
  • Initiation Chapter: Alpha
  • School: Washington & Lee University
  • Initiation Year: 1867

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William E. Dreyer

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J. Michael Duncan

38th Knight Commander

Ben W. Satcher, Jr.

37th Knight Commander

David M. Warren

36th Knight Commander

James R. Estes

35th Knight Commander

Thomas G. Paulson II

34th Knight Commander

Julian A. Pardini

33rd Knight Commander

Dr. Idris Rhea Traylor, Jr.

32nd Knight Commander

Jack Richesin Taylor

31st Knight Commander

Loren Q. Hanson

30th Knight Commander

Reynolds Smith Cheney

29th Knight Commander

Richard T. Feller

28th Knight Commander

Giles Jared Patterson, Jr.

27th Knight Commander

Henry Joyce Foresman

26th Knight Commander

John William Nowell

25th Knight Commander

William McLeod Frampton

24th Knight Commander

James Loughlin Duncan

23rd Knight Commander

Howard Palmer Locke

22nd Knight Commander

William Elliott Dunwody IV

21st Knight Commander

John R. Berryman

20th Knight Commander

Emmett Lee Irwin

19th Knight Commander

Henry Judah Mikell

18th Knight Commander

Henry Clay Chiles

17th Knight Commander

Samford Christian Fullilove

16th Knight Commander

Edward Chambers Smith

15th Knight Commander

William Sprigg Hamilton

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Horace Henry White

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Philip Bascom Hamer

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John Leonard Whitworth

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John Slaughter Candler

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John Temple Graves

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Daniel Rowell Neal, Jr.

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William Henry Wallace

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Joseph Lane Stern

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Willard Walter Wadsworth

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John Lumsden Hardeman

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William Wilson Collins

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Samuel Zenas Ammen

2nd Knight Commander

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