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Foresters, ancient order of

A fraternal organization founded in 1745; established in the United States in 1836. The American branch is composed of 3 high courts and 397 subordinate courts, and has 38,089 members. Total membership throughout the world 912,669, as stated by the Foresters' Directory, Dec. 31, 1899. The surplus funds of the society amounted to $33,124,695, and its assets aggregated over $76,000,000. Benefits disbursed since 1836, $111,250,000; benefits disbursed last fiscal year, $5,000,000.

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