Alanson Partridge

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Alanson Partridge, PGM,
Alanson Partridge, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1882

Alanson Partridge was born on January 8, 1827, in the township of Cato, in Cayuga County, New York. He came to Michigan with his parents in 1833 and settled in Oakland County, near Birmingham. A study of less than two years completed his education in a log house with bench seats.

Very soon after the death of his father in 1845, he apprenticed himself to learn the carriage and wagon manufacturing trade. He engaged in this business for about twenty-five years. During this time, he filled the Office of Township Treasurer of Bloomfield. Later, he was elected Justice of the Peace, Supervisor, and Constable.

He spent thirty years of his life as an active member of the school board. Two terms as county treasurer of Oakland County gave him the financial means to enjoy a life of ease and retirement.

He married Miss Julia M. Sherman in 1849.

On April 10, 1851 he was raised as a Master Mason as the first candidate in Birmingham Lodge No. 44. In 1853 he was elected Worshipful Master of the Lodge and has filled the position, off and on, for 28 years. He was elected as the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Michigan in 1882.

He was exalted a Royal Arch Mason in Oakland Chapter, No. 5, in Pontiac on January 7, 1863; received the Cryptic degrees in Pontiac Council, No. 2, R. & S.M. and the orders of Knighthood in Pontiac Commandery, No. 2, K.T.

He died on July 7, 1900.

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