This powerful and highly secretive order was founded in 1823 at Yale University and boasts a membership list that resembles a Who's Who of America's powerful elite. Each year, Skull and Bones members ("Bonesmen") select ("tap") 15 third-year Yale students to replace them in the senior group the following year. The home of Skull and Bones on the Yale campus is a stone building resembling a mausoleum, and known as "the Tomb."

The Tomb

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Skull and Bones Tomb, Yale College, New Haven, Ct., c.1903-15
A photograph, circa 1903-1915, of the home of Yale's most famous secret society. Built in 1856 in New Haven, Connecticut.
George W., Knight of Eulogia
In The Atlantic, Alexandra Robbins provides a look inside Skull and Bones, with particular reference to George W. Bush's membership. (May 01, 2000)
Salon Books: Skulls in the Closet
What does membership in a bastion of privilege say about George W. Bush's character? An article by Stephen Prothero discusses Bush's alleged membership in Skull and Bones. (January 21, 2000)
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