Frank T. Lodge

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Frank T. Lodge, PGM,
Frank T. Lodge, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1899

Frank T. Lodge was born on July 12, 1859, in Madison, Indiana. He graduated at sixteen, and began the study of law in the office of Albert G. Porter. A year later he went to Washington, D.C, as Porter’s secretary. Mr. Porter had been appointed as comptroller of the Treasury. A few months later, Porter was elected Governor of Indiana and Frank Lodge entered the office of the district attorney in Indianapolis as treasury expert on accounts. He was admitted to the bar at the age of eighteen. He came to Detroit in 1889 and organized the law firm of Paine and Lodge. Later the firm became in turn, Lodge, Sprague and Ashley; Lodge and Webster, and on August 1, 1902, Lodge and Brown. He also studied medicine at the old Michigan College of Medicine and Surgery, and received his degree in April 1903. He was considered one of the leading medico-legal experts in the country.

In spite of his professional activities, he gave a great amount of time to Masonry and left a wonderful record. He was raised as a Master Mason on September 23, 1884, in Oriental Lodge No. 240 in Detroit. He demitted from Oriental Lodge on March 8, 1892, and became a charter member of Corinthian Lodge No. 241 in Detroit on September 7, 1892. He was Worshipful Master of Oriental Lodge No. 240 in 1891, and Worshipful Master of Corinthian Lodge in 1895. He was elected Junior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge, F. & A. M. of Michigan, at the Annual Communication in 1894 and was regularly promoted each year, becoming Most Worshipful Grand Master in 1899. He was appointed Grand Lecturer in 1903, to succeed Lou B. Winsor, who resigned to take the office of Grand Secretary, and was regularly elected during the years 1904, 1905, and 1906. He received the York Rite degrees in Peninsular Chapter No. 16, R.A.M. Mark Master, on September 15, 1886. He received the Cryptic degrees in Monroe Council No. 1, on June 2, 1902. He received the orders of Knighthood in Damascus Commandery No. 42 K.T., Illustrious Order of Red Cross, on November 22, 1907. Order of Malta, March 30, 1908, and served as Eminent Commander in 1912. He received the Scottish Rite degrees 4° - 32° in Michigan Consistory S.P.R.S. on January 1, 2, and 3, 1901. He was Coroneted a Honorary 33° Mason in the Supreme Council at Providence, Rhode Island, on September 1902. He received the Shrine degrees in Moslem Temple in Detroit, on January 30, 1903 and served as Illustrious Potentate in 1923. He became a member of St. Clement Conclave No. 39 of Detroit, on June 1, 1918 and Sovereign, on March 8, 1919.

He was initiated and became a Charter Member of Park Corinthian Chapter No. 401, O.E.S., Highland Park, Michigan on March 6, 1912, and was Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter, O.E.S. of Michigan, in 1916.

He died on December 10, 1930.

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