Ben J. Henderson

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Ben J. Henderson, PGM,
Ben J. Henderson, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1924-1925

Ben J. Henderson was born in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland, on September 24, 1873. His parents died before he was seven years of age. He came to the United States in 1885 with an elder brother and worked on farms and around factories during summers and worked for his board and attended schools winters, and finally saved up enough to take a course in a business college and later took a law course. He graduated in 1904. He settled in Standish in Arenac County, and was elected a Prosecuting Attorney in that same year. He was elected for a six-year term. He was married on August 23, 1905 and were blessed with two children. He moved from Standish to Bay City in 1919 where he continued his practice.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Bowring Lodge No. 414 on May 26, 1896. He served that Lodge as Secretary in 1897, Junior Warden in 1898, Senior Warden in 1899 and Worshipful Master in 1900, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907 and 1908. He first attended Grand Lodge as a Representative in 1901, and has attended every session since with two exceptions. He served on the Committee on Jurisprudence for six years. He was elected Grand Marshal at the Annual Communication held in Grand Rapids in 1918 and was steadily advanced each year until his election as Most Worshipful Grand Master in Flint on May 28, 1924.

He was also a member of Bay City Chapter, No. 59, R.A.M.: Bay City Council No. 53, R. & S.M.; Bay City Commandery No. 26, K.T.; Bay City Consistory A. & A.S.R. 32°, and Moslem Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., in all of which he was active. He was also a member of the Advisory Board of Bay City Chapter Order of DeMolay.

He died on January 16, 1949.

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