Albert Arvid Hughes

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Albert Arvid Hughes, PGM,
Albert Arvid Hughes, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1943-1944

Albert Arvid Hughes was born on a Livingston County Farm, near the little village of Fowlerville, on September 27, 1876. He received his early schooling in village schools and graduated from Fowlerville High School in 1895. From 1895-1907 he was a partner with his father in a general merchandising enterprise. In 1907 he entered the Detroit College of Medicine and graduated in 1911 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Immediately thereafter he began to practice medicine in Detroit. He located on the East side of the city, and soon took interest in civic affairs. He served as the Health Officer in the town of St. Clair Heights. Following that he became City Diagnostician of the City of Detroit for a period of seven years. He was a life member of the Wayne County Medical Society. In November 1932 he was elected as a Democrat by a large majority to the office of Coroner of Wayne County. He served in that capacity for eleven years until he was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master in 1943.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Fowlerville Lodge No. 164 on December 4, 1900. He immediately became active and advanced to the office of Senior Warden in 1907 when he left for Medical College. Late in 1914 he joined with others in founding Acacia Lodge No. 477 of Detroit, and became its first Senior Warden. Grand Lodge chartered this Lodge on May 26, 1915, and during 1916 he served as its second Worshipful Master. Upon the death of Grand Tiler, James F. MacGregor in 1931, Grand Master Albert J. Young, knowing the capabilities of Doctor Hughes appointed him to fill the vacancy. At the following annual Communication, he was regularly elected to the office in which capacity he served for a period of 7 years, or until his election as a regular line officer.

Hughes was elected to the office of Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge of Michigan, in Flint on May 1938. He advanced through the various offices of that Grand Body until reaching the station of Senior Grand Warden. At this point, because Deputy Grand Master Paul O. Strawhecker of Grand Rapids was on active duty with the United States Army, he was elevated to the office of Most Worshipful Grand Master one year in advance of his scheduled term. There were 114,000 Masons in Michigan during his term of office.

He died on January 21, 1949.

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