Neal McMillan

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Neal McMillan, PGM,
Neal McMillan, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1902

Neal McMillan was born in Huntington, Quebec, on December 25, 1845. He came to Michigan with his parents when he was two years old, and settled with them on a farm near Ada. After finishing school, he taught in the public school at Rockford. In 1873 he engaged in the drug business at Rockford and built up a splendid business. He became active in politics, holding nearly every public office in his town and township. He served as a member of the State Legislature from his district from 1887 to 1889 and was State Oil Inspector from 1893 to 1897 and U.S. Consul at Sarnia, Canada, from 1898 to 1910, and Postmaster at Rockford from 1912 to 1916.

He was raised a Master Mason on June 20, 1868 in Grattan Lodge No. 196 and demitted therefrom on May 30, 1874, and affiliated with Rockford Lodge No. 246.

He served Rockford Lodge as Junior Warden in 1875, 1876 and 1877, and Senior Warden in 1878 and 1879, and as Worshipful Master in 1880, 1881, 1885, 1887, 1889 and 1890. He became a member of the Standing Committee on Appeals in 1888 and Chairman of this Committee in 1891. He was Chairman of the Standing Committee on Lodges in 1892, 1893, 1894 and 1895.

He was elected Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge in 1896, and was regularly promoted each year until he was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master in 1902 and served with distinguished ability.

He received the York Rite Degrees of Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master and Royal Arch Mason in Lovell Moore Chapter No. 88, Rockford.

He received the Orders of Knighthood in DeMolai Commandery No. 5 of Grand Rapids, Red Cross, April 14, 1882, and Knight Templar and Knight of Malta, April 28, 1882.

He received the Degrees of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite 4°-32° in DeWitt Clinton Consistory and co-ordinate bodies of Grand Rapids on February 24, 25, and 26, 1903.

He was created a Noble of the Mystic Shrine in Saladin Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S. of Grand Rapids, February 15, 1895.

He died on December 11, 1920.

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