Charles A. Durand

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Charles A. Durand, PGM,
Charles A. Durand, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1923-1924

Charles A. Durand was born in Flint, Michigan on September 27, 1860. He graduated from Flint High School in June of 1878, and then entered his father’s law office and was admitted to the Bar on September 27, 1881. He practiced in Detroit from 1884-1888, then in Saginaw until 1890; was then in business in Rochester, New York, until 1896, when he returned to Flint and was a member of the firm of Durand & Carton until his father’s death in 1903. He was the Deputy Commissioner of Insurance of Michigan and also managed the State Accident Fund until October 1, 1917 when he retired.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Genesee Lodge No. 174 in Flint, on May 7, 1902, and was elected Worshipful Master in 1907. He received the York Rite Degrees in Washington Chapter No. 15, R.A.M., the Cryptic Degrees in Flint Council No. 56 R. & S.M., the Order of Knighthood in Genesee Valley Commandery No. 15, K.T. He also received the Degrees of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite 32°, and was a member of Bay City Lodge of Perfection, Bay City Council P. of J., Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix (of which he was a Past Most Wise Master) and Michigan Sovereign Consistory of Detroit. He was also a member of Moslem Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Detroit, Flint Chapter O.E.S., and was the Chairman of the advisory Council of the Flint Chapter Order of DeMolay for boys.

He was the first Most Worshipful Grand Master in the history of the Grand Lodge of Michigan where the son of a Past Grand Master has succeeded to the office. His father, George H. Durand was Most Worshipful Grand Master in 1875.

He was elected Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of the State of Michigan in Lansing on May 22, 1917, and regularly promoted each year, being installed Most Worshipful Grand Master in Kalamazoo, on May 22, 1923.

He died on November 12, 1945.

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