Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: A Centennial Celebration

The “Seven Jewels”: Students, Then Brothers

George Biddle Kelley, 1881-1963

Birthplace: Troy, NY
Cornell Attendance and Degree: Attended Cornell from 1905-1908 and earned a Civil Engineer degree in 1908
Occupation: Civil engineer, first African American engineer registered with the State of New York
Role in the Fraternity: Jewel; First President of Alpha Chapter

A map of Birmingham, Alabama and adjacent suburbs, drawn by George B. Kelley, is available at the Library of Congress.

Photograph of George B. Kelley, Founder of Alpha Phi Alpha [view]

Title Page and Preface of Senior Thesis of George Biddle Kelley. A Design for a Sewer System for a Portion of the Town of Saugerties, N.Y., 1908 [view PDF]

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