Arthur M. Clark

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Arthur M. Clark, PGM,
Arthur M. Clark, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1884

Arthur M. Clark was born in Landaff, in Grafton County, New Hampshire, on August 4, 1833. He completed his education at Newbury Collegiate Institute and then taught in New Hampshire public schools for three years. In 1854 he came to Lexington, Michigan. He was a principal in Lexington public schools. Later, he engaged in general merchandizing for sixteen years.

In 1883 he was elected a Regent of the University of Michigan on the Democratic ticket. He held that office for the next eight years. In 1893 President Cleveland appointed him United States Consul at Port Sarnia, Ontario.

In 1855 Brother Clark married Miss Mary E. Robinson, of Stowe, Vermont. She died in 1862. In 1864 he married Miss Martha Hale of Littleton, New Hampshire. They were blessed with two children.

He was raised as a Master Mason on May 30, 1856 in Lexington Lodge No. 61.

At the annual meeting of Grand Lodge in 1873 he was elected Junior Grand Warden, in 1874 Senior Grand Warden, and in 1875 he was elected Grand Lecturer. He held that post for eight years. In 1883 he was elected Deputy Grand Master and in 1884 he was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons of Michigan. In 1886 he was again elected Grand Lecturer.

Brother Clark was made a Royal Arch Mason in Huron Chapter, No. 27, on October 28, 1863, and when Damascus Chapter No. 41 was instituted at Lexington in 1865, he was named in the dispensation as first High Priest. He held that office for six years. He has also been Grand Lecturer of the Grand Chapter for eleven years.

He received the orders of Knighthood in Port Huron Commandery, No. 7, on March 2, 1867, and on the institution of Lexington Commandery, No. 27, in 1870 he was made Generalissimo. In 1872 he was elected Eminent Commander and held that office for thirteen years.

He was also a member of Monroe Council, No. 1 R. & S.M., Detroit receiving the York Rite degrees in 1890. He attained the thirty-second degree in Scottish Rite Masonry, and was a member of the Michigan sovereign Consistory in Detroit.

He died on October 26, 1903.

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