Encyclopedia Brunoniana

Nathanael Greene Society

The Nathanael Greene Society was a secret society at Brown University active approximately between 2007 and 2012. Their motto was “Pro Deus et Patria et Universitas, in illo ordine”; roughly, “For God and Country and University, in that order.” Between February 24, 2008 and February 24, 2012, the Nathanael Greene Society hosted a website at ngsociety.org.1 Their website served as the platform for the publication “Merits & Demerits”, lists of individuals (usually students, faculty or staff at Brown) that the Society lauded or shamed. Recipients of Merits were emailed, anonymously, a link to a web form where they could make a statement to the society.2. Early interations of ngsociety.org included a grant application which could be completed and emailed to the group. Online, the Society received criticism for its apparent conservative bent.3


  1. ngsociety.org, capture on Sept 1, 2011.
  2. Interview with Jon Tomasi
  3. Mike Bechek, “Teeny-Bit-Racist Brown Conservatives Channel Boy Scouts Circa 1776” 2008.