Benjamin W. Rowell

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Benjamin W. Rowell 33˚
Benjamin W. Rowell 33˚ of Boston, MA. (From the Lou B. Winsor Photo Collection of the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library)

Benjamin Winslow Rowell, 33˚

Born in Chichester, New Hampshire, August 18, 1845

Died in Lynn, Massachusetts, August 22, 1927

Brother Rowell was of the ninth generation of Thomas Rowell, who came from England in 1836, and settled at Salisbury, Massachusetts. His descendents have been identified with the history of Lynn, Massachusetts up to the present time.

Brother Rowell was born in Chichester, New Hampshire, August 18, 1845, the son of John Winslow Rowell and Martha Stevens Rowell, his parent returning to Lynn, Massachusetts, the same year, where Brother Rowell made his home up to the time of his death.

He was educated in the local public schools and later attended an Academy at Whitehall, N.Y.

In 1871 he married Susan A. Newhall, of Lynn, who died in 1919.

Brother Rowell was raised in St. Paul's Lodge A.F. and A.M. of South Boston, April 7, 1877.

Exalted in in Sutton R.A. Chapter of Lynn, Mass., in 1878.

He was made a member of Boston Council of Royal and Select Masters, September 30, 1886, Knighted in Olivet Commandery, Knights Templar in Lynn in 1866. Eminent Commander in 1892-1893.

The degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite were conferred on him in Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Boston, Mass., June 1, 1877, Giles F. Yates Council Princes of Jerusalem, Mount Olivet Chapter Rose Croix, May 14, 1885, and Massachusetts Consistory, April 13, 1886. He held the Secretaryship of the four Bodies at the time of his death.

He was Grand Secretary of the High Council Societas Rosicrusiana of the United States, also of Massachusetts College of Boston.

Brother Rowell joined Aleppo Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Boston in 1885. Elected Recorder in 1886, and successive year. Elected Imperial Recorder of the Imperial Council in 1894, and held that office at the time of his death.

Brother Rowell was well known in every State of the Union especially in Massachusetts where he was considered the authority on all laws and regulations of the different Bodies with which he was connected.

He will be missed by everyone who knew him, as he was ever ready to give proper advice to all who sought his knowledge of the duties of their respective offices.

-Joseph W. Work, 33˚ -Arthur D. Prince, 33˚ -James A. Gunn

Grand Recorder of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of MA in the 1920s.

Active in the MA Council of Deliberation, AASR.

His connection to Lou B. Winsor (PGM of MI) was likely through Shrine circles. Rowell, of Alepho Shrine Temple in Boston, was the Imperial Recorder of the Imperial Council of the Shrine of North America from 1894-1926.

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