The Russell Trust Association is the business name for the New Haven, Connecticut based Skull and Bones society, incorporated in 1856.

The Russell Trust was incorporated by William Huntington Russell {{Company: Russell Trust Association

}} as its president, and Daniel Coit Gilman as its first treasurer. Gilman later went on to become president of the University of California at Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University before leaving to become the first president of the Carnegie Foundation. Gilman also served as one of the first board members of the Russell Sage Foundation. Gilman’s summer home in Maine is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
Founder: William Huntington Russell
Co-Founder: Alphonso Taft
Secret Society: Skull and Bones
Historic Link: Illuminati
University: Yale
Established: 1856

Skull and Bones is a secret society at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The society’s alumni organization, which owns the society’s real property and oversees the organization’s activity, is the Russell Trust Association, and is named after General William Huntington Russell, who founded the society with fellow classmate Alphonso Taft. Informally, the group is known as “Bones”, and members have been known as “Bonesmen”.

Many Skull & Bones alumni have assumed positions of prominence, including President George W. Bush, and his 2004 Presidential opponent Senator John Kerry.














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