Oren Root II

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Oren Root Jr. (May 18, 1838 – August 27, 1907) was a professor of mathematics and natural sciences at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York and professor of English at the University of Missouri. He was founder of the Zeta Phi Society as well as a member of the Sigma Phi fraternity and a high degree Freemason. He was the elder brother of Secretary of State Elihu Root.


Oren Root, Jr. was born on May 18, 1838, in Syracuse, New York, to Oren Root I, a professor of mathematics at Hamilton College. He graduated from Hamilton in 1856 then attended Rutgers College for a Doctor of Divinity degree. In 1866 he became a professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Oren founded the Zeta Phi Society in 1870, now the Zeta Phi chapter of Beta Theta Pi. Root was also co-editor of the Columbian Speaker. He took up work at Hamilton College in 1880 where he taught natural sciences and mathematics for the last twenty seven years of his life. Root succumbed to a year long battle with cirrhosis of the liver. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and three sons. [1][2]


  1. ^ "Professor Oren Root is Dead". Warsaw Daily Union. August 27, 1907. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Prof. Oren Root Was Educator and High Degree Mason". The New York Times. August 27, 1907. Retrieved 2011-02-02. Prof. Oren Root of Hamilton College, brother of Secretary of State Root died to-night, an illness of about a year. ...