Phi Delta Theta arrived at Centre College in 1850 when Morton George Williams transferred from Miami (OH) allowing the Centre Chapter to become the third chartered chapter of the Fraternity. Williams, the first initiate of Phi Delta Theta became known as "this first chosen, the first taken, and the best beloved" after his untimely death in September 1851.
In 1901, Centre College and Central University consolidated under the former name, and the chapters at the two institutions were combined under the name of Kentucky Alpha-Delta. To this day Kentucky Alpha-Delta is the longest continuously operating chapter of any Fraternity worldwide.
Kentucky Alpha-Delta has been fortunate enough to produce many prominent individuals such as Vice President of the United States, Adlai Stevenson (1893-1897) and Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Frederick M. Vinson.