The Fraternity [excerpt]
McKinley and Roosevelt.
It is unusual for any order to have
as members both the President and the Vice-President and probably
no other fraternity has had the high honor. The catalogue at present
does not contain the name of William McKinley, but several members
of Swan chapter inform us that he was duly initiated by their chapter
as an honorary member and that the chapter roll so records. The
delegates to the Sixth Convention at Washington recall with pleasure
the special audience Mr. McKinley gave them and the interested and
gracious way in which he greeted them and inquired about the welfare
and condition of the Fraternity.
Theodore Roosevelt was initiated while
an undergraduate at Columbia law school, but the Phi Delta Phi virus
did not take very well, for when he visited Ann Arbor, Mich., some
few years ago, and was met by a committee from Kent chapter 
and invited to the chapter house, he asserted that he was not a
member—so Mr. Roberts P. Hudson of the Council tells us. He knew
the Story club at Columbia, but he did not know Phi Delta Phi. Since
then, the New York Club has changed Mr. Roosevelt’s views on the
matter, but the incident well shows the result of conducting a fraternity
on the old laisser-faire [sic] idea, which formerly obtained.