Francis Darrow

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Francis Darrow, PGM,
Francis Darrow, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master 1862

Francis Darrow 33rd, P.G.M., P.D.G.H.P., P.G.T.I.G.P., P.G.C., and P.M.W. and P.M. of Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix H-R-D-M., was born in Lyme, Connecticut, on March 7, 1810. At the age of seven years he went to West Bloomfield, Ontario County, New York, and worked for Lodowich Fitch until 1828. In 1829 he came to Pontiac and entered the store of H. N. Howard.

In 1831 he embarked in the dry goods business for himself in the village of Franklin, in Oakland County, and soon after formed a co-partnership with his brother-in-law, Abel H. Peck, in general mercantile business in the City of Pontiac.

He was register of Deeds of Oakland County in 1835 and 1836, Supervisor from 1853 to 1856, Justice of the Peace 1858 and 1860, Director of Pontiac Union School in 1855 and in 1858, and Trustee of the same in 1862, and held other offices of trust. He was an active member of the Society of the first Baptist Church and contributed liberally to its support.

He was married on October 31, 1831, to Miss Augusta LeRoy.

He was raised as a Master Mason on November 19, 1847 in Pontiac Lodge No. 21.

Brother Darrow was the first Junior Warden of Pontiac Lodge No. 21, which was formed on November 19, 1847, and Worshipful Master of the same in 1849—1852, 1854—1858 and 1861-1864.

He was H.P. of Oakland Chapter No. 5, in 1855-1857, 1859 and 1860. He was elected as the T.I.G.M. at the first election of the Pontiac Council No. 25 and held the office until 1862, and again in 1865 and in 1866.

He received the orders of Knighthood in Pontiac Commandery, No. 2, the R.C. January 31, and the Temple February 14, 1857, and was E.C. of said Commandery from 1858 to 1861.

He was D.G.M. of the Grand Lodge in 1861 and Most Worshipful Grand Master in 1862. In the Grand Chapter he was G.S. in 1860; G.K. in 1861 and D.G.H.P. in 1862-1864.

He was a member of the Grand Council of High Priesthood, having been anointed at its organization in 1861.

He was Grand Generalissimo of the Grand Commandery in 1858-1859; Deputy Grand Commander in 1860 and Rt. Em. Grand Commander in 1861.

He died on April 11, 1873.

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