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Tomb of Skull and Bones on 64 High Street; Value Estimated at $716,600 in 1991

Skull and Bones is a senior society that "taps" 15 juniors for admission each year. Initiates reportedly receive $15,000 from the Russell Trust Association.

Founder William Huntington Russell, future valedictorian of the class of 1833, received permission to found the 322 chapter of The Order of Skull and Bones after studying in Germany from 1831-32.

As a society made up of seniors, its apparent focus is on the future success of its members. Notable members include William Howard Taft, Prescott Bush, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and John F. Kerry.

Ron Rosenbaum, New York Observer columnist, reported that several "Bonesmen," including Prescott Bush, robbed the grave of the Apache Chief Geronimo, and the skull is kept in the Skull and Bones tomb on 64 Hight Street.

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