Grand Lodge of Michigan

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Grand Lodge of Michigan
Grandlodgeofmichiganseal.jpg
Seal of the Grand Lodge of Michigan
English Motto Masons. Live Better.
Constituted 1826
Jurisdiction Michigan
Location Alma, Michigan
United States of America
Coordinates 43°23′24″N 84°40′00″W / 43.389892°N 84.666753°W / 43.389892; -84.666753
Website michiganmasons.org
Current logo used in association with the Grand Lodge of Michigan. This contemporarily styled logo launched with the "Share the Secret" campaign

The Grand Lodge of Michigan of Free and Accepted Masons, commonly known as Grand Lodge of Michigan, in tandem with the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Michigan govern the practice of regular Freemasonry in the state of Michigan.

History[edit]

It is uncertain when Freemasonry came to the Great Lakes area. Though it is known that it was first brought to the area by the French at a time when it was Indian Territory. The earliest documented Lodge west of the Allegheny Mountains was warranted in Detroit on April 27, 1764, by George Harison, Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of New York, with Lt. John Christie of the 2nd Battalion, 60th Royal American Foot Regiment as Worshipful Master. By 1772, there were at least three Lodges functioning at Detroit: Lodge No. 1 and two Irish Military Lodges, Nos. 299 and 378, warranted to Masons of the 10th Regiment, then stationed at Detroit. The next three Lodges warranted for work in Michigan were also started by members of the visiting military. These were Harmony Lodge in Detroit, St. Johns Lodge No. 15 on the island of Mackinac and Zion Lodge No. 10 (now No. 1) warranted in 1794 for work in Detroit.[1]

In September 1817 Zion Lodge provided much needed support for the newly created University of Michigan. The idea first took shape in the minds of Augustus Woodward, a Mason and the first Judge of the Territorial Supreme Court; the Reverend John Monteith, a Presbyterian clergyman and Father Gabriel Richard, a Roman Catholic Priest. On September 15, Zion Lodge met and subscribed the sum of $250 in aid of the University of Michigan, payable in the sum of $50 per year. Of the total amount subscribed to start the University two-thirds came from Zion Lodge and its members.[2]

The members of Zion Lodge sponsored and supported additional Lodges in Upper Canada and Michigan including Detroit Lodge No. 337 (now No. 2), Oakland Lodge No. 343 in Pontiac, Menomenie Lodge No. 374 in Green Bay (then a part of the Territory) and Monroe Lodge No. 375 in Monroe. These five Lodges laid plans for a Grand Lodge in the Territory to handle the growing plans for Masonry in the area, and in June 1826 a Grand Lodge for the Territory of Michigan was established in Detroit. There are over 400 Lodges in the State of Michigan at the present time.[3]


List of Grand Masters[edit]

List of past and current Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge of Michigan

Grand Master Year(s) Served Death
Lewis Cass 1826-1829 June 17, 1866
Leonard Weed 1842 June 30, 1848
John Mullet 1843-1845 January 15, 1862
Ebenezer Hall 1846 July 2, 1865
E. Smith Lee 1847-1848 April 12, 1857
Jeremiah Moors 1849-1850 July 6, 1854
Henry T. Backus 1851 –1853 July 13, 1877
George W. Peck 1854-1855 June 30, 1905
George C. Monroe 1856 August 16, 1883
Levi Cook 1857 December 2, 1866
William M. Fenton 1858 November 12,1871
J. Adams Allen 1859 August 15,1890
William L. Greenly 1860 November 29, 1883
Horace S. Roberts 1861 August 30, 1862
Francis Darrow 1862 April 11, 1873
J. Eastman Johnson 1863 March 14, 1883
Lovell Moore 1864 November 24, 1882
William T. Mitchell 1865 February 6, 1916
Salathiel C. Coffinbury 1866-1868 September 20, 1889
Abram T. Metcalf 1869-1870 October 8, 1916
John W. Champion 1871 July 4, 1901
Henry Chamberlain 1872 February 9, 1907
Hugh McCurdy 1873 July 16, 1908
William L. Webber 1874 October 15, 1901
George H. Durand 1875 July 8, 1903
Matthew H. Maynard 1876 December 27, 1907
William Dunham 1877 June 30, 1905
John W. Finch 1878 April 4, 1906
Daniel Striker 1879 April 12, 1898
John W. McGrath 1880 December 9, 1905
Oliver L. Spaulding 1881 July 30, 1922
Alanson Partridge 1882 July 7, 1900
Charles Fritz-Roy Bellows 1883 April 16, 1907
Arthur M. Clark 1884 October 26, 1903
James H. Farnum 1885 January 19, 1917
Michael Shoemaker 1886 November 10, 1895
Rufus C. Hatheway 1887 December 9, 1896
William B. Wilson 1888 January 24, 1911
W Irving Babcock 1889 March 31, 1908
John S. Cross 1890 September 18, 1899
John Q. Look 1891 October 22, 1920
William P. Innes 1892 August 2, 1893
George E. Dowling 1893 March 30, 1896
William H. Philips 1894 February 13, 1906
Edwin L. Bowring 1895 October 26, 1900
John J. Carton 1896 August 26, 1934
Lou B. Winsor 1897 November 8, 1936
James Bradley 1898 February 6, 1914
Frank T. Lodge 1899 December 10, 1930
Lucien E. Wood 1900 June 5, 1916
Frank O. Gilbert 1901 November 26, 1929
Neal McMillan 1902 December 11, 1920
Roscoe W. Broughton 1903 July 5, 1930
Fletcher E. Turrell 1904 July 2, 1935
John Rowson 1905 April 26, 1927
Charles L. Stevens 1906 January 30, 1907
Charles E. Sweet 1907 July 11, 1913
Herbert Montague 1908 June 15, 1931
Arthur M. Hume 1909 February 14, 1955
G. Roscoe Swift 1910 July 12, 1944
James E. Dillon 1911 December 24, 1927
James H. Thompson 1912 December 19, 1943
Francis D. Clark 1913 September 7, 1913
William M. Perrett 1914 August 28, 1930
George L. Lusk 1915 January 6, 1942
John H. Hawks 1916 November 12, 1952
Louis H. Fead 1917 February 4, 1943
Hugh A. McPherson 1918 September 20, 1945
Charles B. Eddy 1919 October 10,1938
Ira A. Beck 1920 August 19, 1947
Robert P. Anderson 1921 May 14, 1932
Clark W. MacKenzie 1922 February 11, 1967
Charles A. Durand 1923 November 13, 1945
Ben J. Henderson 1924 January 16, 1949
Arthur J. Fox 1925 October 1, 1940
Charles A. Donaldson 1926 September 10, 1951
George W. Graves 1927 October 29, 1937
F. Homer Newton 1928 April 18, 1966
Roscoe O. Bonisteel 1929 February 25, 1972
George B. Dolliver 1930 January 18, 1961
Albert J. Young 1931 October 18, 1947
Louis E. Anderson 1932 September 9, 1954
George A. Ferguson 1933 September 22, 1959
Frank S. Gould 1934 March 26, 1951
Harvey A. Sherman 1935 October 10, 1949
Neil E. Reid 1936 May 4, 1956
William H. Parker 1937 February 2, 1955
Wirt I. Savery 1938 January 24, 1939
Francis B. Lambie 1939 August 5, 1962
Charles T. Sherman 1940 July 12, 1970
Dewey H. Hesse 1941 November 22,1974
Orie E. Brown 1942 June 19, 1955
Albert A. Hughes 1943 January 21, 1949
J. Kenneth Lyons 1944 October 29, 1948
Roscoe J. Burch 1945 November 29, 1970
Paul O. Strawhecker 1946 March 13, 1970
Clarence A. Hooper 1947 March 28, 1983
Hazen P. Cole 1948 October 26, 1954
Hugh J. Johnston 1949 May 16, 1966
Morgan J. Smead 1950 April 3, 1962
Guy C. Powell 1951 August 28, 1980
Horace B. Whyte 1953 December 2, 1967
Howard L. Taylor 1954 October 19, 1988
Henry R. Ruusi 1955 November 17, 1995
Francis M. Dodge 1956 May, 1, 1993
Raymond M. Douglas 1957 August 30, 1980
Joseph L. Hunter 1958 November 12, 1979
Rex P. Sackett 1959 August 20, 1983
W. Wallace Kent 1960 May 28, 1973
Willard Saur 1961 June 7, 1984
Glenn L. Alt 1962 December 17, 1971
Newton S. Bacon 1963 December 7, 1987
C. Fuller Dorr 1964 January 26, 1997
Percy H. Williams 1965 April 30, 1992
Robert A. Hockstad 1966 January 16, 2011
Ivan E. Addis 1967 September 21, 1972
Milo E. Underhill 1968 May 16, 1995
William H. Harmon 1969 October 22, 1977
Charles Solmo 1970 October 20, 1973
Raymond A. McPhee 1971 June 9, 2006
Robert E. Lake 1972 March 15, 1986
Wilfred E. Adams 1973 November 28, 1980
Royce E. Curlis 1974 June 1, 1997
John G. Polzin 1975 May 22, 2017
Vincent A. Vatter 1976 August 9, 2000
Ronald Schwartz 1977 September 29, 2010
Holm A. Swenson 1978 April 14, 1985
Charles S. Moulthrop Jr. 1979 May 15, 2013
Robert N. Osborne 1980 June 14, 2008
Carl C. Worfel 1981 January 21, 1998
Robert W. Sanborn 1982 N/A
Richard H. Sands 1985 N/A
Ernest Hoffman, Jr. 1986 January 31, 2004
Donald P. Heming 1987 July 23, 2002
Thomas C. Cross 1989 August 21, 2005
Wayne E. Turton 1990 N/A
William Skrepnek 1991 March 3, 2012
Leonard R. Noechel 1992 February 5, 2002
W. Don Baugher 1993 N/A
Donald L.Reno 1994 March 15, 2000
Dale C. Edwards 1995 March 4, 2007
Donald J. Van Kirk 1996 N/A
Robert W. Stevens 1997 N/A
Douglas F. Hegyi 1998 N/A
David H. Flucke 1999 N/A
Robert P. Conley 2000 N/A
Paul N. Cross 2001 N/A
David R. Bedwell 2002 July 17, 2016
Lary R. Smith 2003 N/A
Robert G. Helmic 2004 N/A
Richard P. Ruhland 2005 N/A
Walter F. Wheeler 2006 N/A
Ira S. Slaven 2007 N/A
Michael J. Jungel 2008 N/A
Donald L. Carman 2009 N/A
Frank T. Praria 2010 N/A
Frederick E. Kaiser Jr. 2011 N/A
Dean A. Barr 2012 N/A
Raymond C. Lemons 2013 N/A
William E. LeVeque 2014 N/A
Richard D. Wisley 2015 N/A
William R. Finkel 2016 N/A
Joshua M. Woodwyk 2017 N/A

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Coordinates: 43°23′24″N 84°40′00″W / 43.389892°N 84.666753°W / 43.389892; -84.666753