George L. Lusk

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George L. Lusk, PGM,
George L. Lusk, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1915-1916

George L. Lusk was born in Oswego, N.Y., on November 18, 1866. His parents moved to West Bay City in 1872, where he grew up. He received his education in the public schools of this city, and at Albion College. After leaving school he entered the drug business in Owosso, and remained there during the years 1887-1888 and 1889; returning to his hometown he continued in the business for some 12 years. Having disposed of his business on account of poor health, he took up newspaper work as one of the staff of the Bay City Tribune.

In 1894 he was elected City Recorder of West Bay City, and served in that capacity for three successive terms. During the administration of Governor Pingree, beginning in 1897, he represented the second district of Bay in the legislature of Michigan. He was returned in 1899 and served in that session as chairman of the committee on Ways and Means.

In 1892 he succeeded H.H. Aplin as postmaster of West Bay City, and soon after the consolidation of that city with Bay City, he became the first postmaster in 1905 of the united cities. He was re-appointed by President Taft in 1909, which indicates his political faith; he served in that position beyond his regular term or until February 28, 1914.

He occupied the position of Deputy Secretary of State, having entered upon these duties when Secretary, the Honorable Coleman C. Vaughan, became the head of the State Department.

His Masonic career began when he was raised as a Master Mason on October 7, 1890 in Wenona Lodge No. 256 in Bay City.

He served his mother lodge as Senior Deacon, Junior Warden, and for two years as Worshipful Master in 1904 and 1905. He was a member of Blanchard Chapter No. 59, R.A.M., and Bay City Commandery No. 26, Knights Templar, in which he served as Senior Warden and Generalissimo, and presided as Eminent Commander in 1910.

He attended several sessions of the Grand Lodge, prior to his election in 1909, as Grand Marshal at the annual communication in Detroit. He advanced each year in the usual process until he was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master. He was married with a wife and two sons and three daughters.

He died on January 6, 1942.

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