James Edmond Dillon

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James Edmond Dillon

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1911-1912

James Edmond Dillon was born in Pianta Genet, Ontario, Canada on November 8, 1859. He came with his parents to East Tawas, Michigan in 1870.

His education was completed in East Tawas schools. After his school days were over, he was employed as a clerk by local merchants, part of the time as a drug clerk. In the fall of 1886 he engaged in the drug business, with two partners, with the firm name of James E. Dillon & Co. He was manager of the firm for five years. At the expiration of that time he bought out his partners and continued in the drug business.

He was first elected township clerk, afterwards supervisor of the township, then alderman of his city and later mayor of his city for two terms.

He was raised as a Master Mason on April 5, 1892 in Baldwin Lodge, No. 274. He was elected Junior Warden of his lodge at the annual election following the date of his membership; elected Senior Warden the following year and Worshipful Master in 1894 and in 1895.

He received the degrees of Royal Arch Mason in Osco Chapter, No. 81, and the Council degrees in Sahgonahka Council, No. 58, at Alpena; the Commandery degrees in Bay City Commandery, No. 26, Knights Templar. He was also a member of Bay City Consistory, thirty-second degree A. & A.S.R. and a member of Moslem Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., of Detroit, Michigan.

He was elected Junior Grand Deacon, of the Grand Lodge of F. & A.M., of the State of Michigan at the annual communication in Grand Rapids in 1906 and was advanced in office each year until his election as Most Worshipful Grand Master in 1911.

He died on December 24, 1927.

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