Livingston Satterlee, Epsilon, 1858, Phi Alpha 1860-1862
Livingston Satterlee, Epsilon 1858, was a successful Civil War leader, an insurance executive and civil engineer. Satterlee began his pre-war military career as a private in the Marine Artillery of
Providence, Rhode Island. He later enrolled at Brown University where he raised a company aptly named, the “Brown University Guards.” Subsequently, he received a staff appointment from William Sprague, Governor of Rhode Island. He served as an assistant paymaster and paymaster of Company A, 7th New York Regiment from 1860- 1862. He was commissioned a lieutenant colonel with the 12th New York Regiment in 1862 and commanded the regiment in battle campaigns in 1862-1863. Satterlee was promoted to colonel in 1863 and a brevetted brigadier general in 1865.
It is remarkable to note that Brother Satterlee served as Phi Alpha while simultaneously
serving with Company A, 7th Regiment.
Brother Satterlee was a 32nd degree Mason and district grand master. Within the
community, he was vice president of the Lyceum of Natural History, president of the Old
Guard Association of the 12th Regiment and an officer in the New York Chamber of
Brother Satterlee was an executive and secretary of the Board of the Aetna Insurance
Company. He also led an insurance brokerage firm of Satterlee, Bostwick and Martin in
New York City.
The Satterlee family was distinguished within Zeta Psi with three members serving as
Phi Alpha. All three with different chapters. Livingston was from the Epsilon chapter;
his brother, F. Le Roy was from the Phi chapter and their cousin, Satterlee Arnold was
one of the founding members of the Pi chapter at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Brother Satterlee who was born on March 1, 1839 succumbed to phthisis (tuberculosis)
on April 3,1902.