George W. Peck

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George Washington Peck, PGM,
George Washington Peck, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master 1854, 1855

George Washington Peck was born June 4, 1818, in New York City. He received a good academic education and chose to study law. When he was nineteen, he began to study it. Two years later, when nearly ready to be admitted to the Bar, he immigrated to Michigan, with the intention of entering into practice. However, he was not able to practice law, so for two years he engaged in mercantile pursuits in Oakland and Livingston counties. In 1841 he resumed the study of Law, and was admitted to the Bar the following year, and began a successful practice in Brighton.

In 1846 he was elected a member of the House of Representatives in the Legislature, where he distinguished himself as a forcible, fluent and eloquent debater. He was reelected to the next session of the Legislature, which met in January. The distinction he had won, and the experience he had gained in the former session marked him as a suitable person for Speaker, and although the youngest member of the House, he was elected to that office over very distinguished competitors. He presided with much dignity, and was always affable in his manners, clear in his understanding of parliamentary rules, remarkably ready in his rulings, and impartial and firm in his decisions. It was at this session of the Legislature over which he presided, that the law was passed that moved the Capitol to Lansing from Detroit.

In 1854 he was elected a member of the House of Representatives in Congress.

In his early life, he was a very prominent member of the Masonic order. He was raised as a Master Mason on March 17, 1846 in Detroit Lodge No. 2.

Brother Peck served with distinction in a number of Lodges, i.e. Brighton Lodge, No. 42, Lansing Lodge No. 33, and Capital Lodge, S.O. No. 66.

At the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge in January 12, 1854, he was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master, and the prompt and judicious manner in which he discharged the duties of this office made him the special object of regard among the Craft, and he was re-elected in January 1855.

He moved from Lansing in 1864 to East Saginaw where he practiced law. In 1875 he moved to St. Louis, Mo., and about 1880 he moved to Hot Springs, Ark., where he had an extensive practice. In December 1882, he was at Bismark, Mo, and was the Attorney for the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway.

He died on June 30, 1905.

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