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Delta Gamma was founded by Anna Boyd Ellington, Eva Webb Dodd, and Mary Comfort Leonard in 1873 in Oxford Mississippi at the Lewis School for Girls near the present day University of Mississippi. Unable to go home from their boarding school in Mississippi for the Christmas holidays, these three close friends were deeply moved by the hospitality and instruction of one of their teachers. A mutual resect and affection that had been growing among these three women throughout their lives assumed reality in this shared experience. Having found something warm and good, in the nature of friendship, they organized the first Delta Gamma chapter.

Within a few years, Delta Gamma was established in the North and then later expanded to the East. In 1891, Delta Gamma was one of the seven charter members of the National Panhellenic Conference when the first inter-sorority meeting was held in Boston. As the population moved West, so did Delta Gamma. What began as a club in the South soon became an international fraternity in both scope and thinking as Delta Gamma established itself not only in the United States, but also in Canada. Through the years, goals and achievements have grown as Delta Gammas continue to live by the motto set forth by the Founders, "Do Good."