Levi Cook

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Levi Cook was Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Michigan in 1842 and 1857

Levi Cook was present as the Worshipful Master of Detroit Lodge No. 337 when the first Grand Lodge of Michigan was formed on July 31, 1826.

Levi Cook, PGM,
Levi Cook, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

From the first he was an active and prominent member of this Grand Lodge and frequently occupied temporary official positions. Although no official record seems to exist of the fact, yet he appears to have been elected Deputy Grand Master in 1828 or 1829, before this Grand Lodge suspended its activity. In 1841, he renewed the dispensation of Stoney Creek Lodge that had been granted by Grand Master Cass in 1828, during which he gave his official title as “Deputy Grand Master and now Acting Grand Master.”

In 1841, when the second Grand Lodge was started upon its three years journey, he was elected the first Most Worshipful Grand Master. He verbally declined this office and was not installed with the other Grand Officers, but the Grand Lodge, both at this meeting and the next following one, declined to elect another person to fill the vacancy, and this Grand Lodge seemed to recognize him as a Past Grand Master at its subsequent meetings. In 1843 he was elected Grand Marshal and he was a member of the Committee appointed to secure recognition from the Grand Lodge of New York.

On the re-organization of the Grand Lodge and the establishment of the present one in 1844, Brother Cook was made Grand Treasurer and continued to hold that position until 1853. In 1857 he was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master, and served one year with great satisfaction to the Grand Body over which he presided.

Brother Cook was one of the early High Priests of Monroe Chapter, No.1, R. A. M., and was present and assisted in the organization of the Grand Chapter of Michigan, and for some years was an active member thereof, although not occupying any official position.

Former Mayor of Detroit.

Brother Cook died in Detroit, on December 2, 1866.

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