Friday, January 8, 2016

Kappa Sigma Bio: Frank Courtney Nicodemus

The last of the Five Friends and Brothers is Frank Courtney Nicodemus. He was born on January 8, 1853, in Baltimore, MD, the son of Josiah Courtney Nicodemus and Mary Jane Montandon. He came from a prominent family and his sister went on to marry Edwin Warfield, the 45th Governor of Maryland.

Prior to attending the University of Virginia, he attends the Kinner Academy where he met and befriended Edmund Law Rogers. His attendance at the University of Virginia was not long, shortly after helping with the formation of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, he left UVA to join his father's firm, Smith & Nicodemus. Four years later he and his father formed an investment brokerage firm, J.C. Nicodemus and Son.

In the Spring of 1879, he married Mary Field Weeks and they had 4 children: 3 sons and 1 daughter. Later that year he formed his own company, F.C. Nicodemus and Co. which manufactured boilers, engines, and machinery. Six years later he would become the Treasurer of the Baltimore Post Office, but after 2-years he went on to work for the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company where he worked until the end of his days.

His first wife died young and in 1891 he married Florence B. Smith. He and his family were all well known within the Baltimore social scene and highly regarded. Frank Courtney Nicodemus passed away on May 25, 1919.


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2. Frank Courtney Nicodemus. (1904). Caduceus of Kappa Sigma, 19(1). 

3. Five Friends and Brothers. (n.d.). Retrieved December 29, 2015, from

4. The Five Founders. (n.d.). 

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