Lovell Moore

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Lovell Moore, PGM,
Lovell Moore, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master 1864

Lovell Moore was born in Shirley, Massachusetts, on March 23, 1797. After acquiring his education, he studied law and entered the legal profession in Vermont. He moved to Michigan in 1831, and settled temporarily in Kalamazoo. In 1835 he was chosen as one of the delegates to the constitutional convention that formed the first Michigan constitution. He moved to Grand Rapids in 1836.

He was Justice of the Peace of the township of Walker that included the village of Grand Rapids from 1838 to 1842. In 1843, in addition to his professional duties, he opened a store and engaged in trading pharmaceuticals.

In 1850, after the village was incorporated into a city, he was elected an alderman of his ward, and represented it in the Common Council. He was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and contributed to the building of the first edifice used by that church in the city.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Harmony Lodge, No. 14, in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, on March 10, 1819. He was Junior Deacon of that Lodge during the 1824, Senior Warden in 1825, and was elected Worshipful Master on December 13, 1826. He served in that capacity for three years. In 1858 and 1861 he was Worshipful Master of Grand River Lodge, No. 34, in Grand Rapids, and represented his Lodge at Grand Lodge for those years. At the annual meeting of Grand Lodge in 1863 he was elected Deputy Grand Master, and the following year he was chosen Most Worshipful Grand Master.

He was exalted to the sublime degree of Royal Arch Mason in Grand Rapids Chapter, No. 7, on March 4, 1863, and at the annual meeting the next year he was elected High Priest and served three years.

He died on November 24, 1882.

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