Neil E. Reid

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Neil E. Reid, PGM,
Neil E. Reid, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1936-1937

Neil E. Reid was born on April 24, 1871 in the township of Bruce in Macomb County, Michigan. He attended the High Schools of Almont and Romeo, and graduated from Romeo High School in June 1889. He was admitted to Harvard College the same fall; pursued his studies at Harvard the ensuing year, and received a scholarship award. He studied law in the office of D. N. Lowell of Romeo and Atkinson, Coomer and Weist in Detroit. He was appointed official Court Stenographer in Macomb Circuit in 1894. He studied law at the Detroit College of Law and graduated in June 1896. The following month he was admitted in the Supreme Court to practice in all the Courts in the State. He was appointed Probate Judge in June of 1910; re-elected and continued in office until he became Circuit Judge, on August 2, 1923. He was re-elected twice to that office. In 1917 he was elected President of the State Association of Probate Judges.

He was raised as a Master Mason on April 27, 1898 in Mount Clemens Lodge No. 6, and served as Worshipful Master during the year of 1921. He was elected Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of Michigan in 1930; Junior Grand Deacon in 1931; Senior Grand Deacon in 1932; Junior Grand Warden in 1933; Senior Grand Warden in 1934; Deputy Grand Master in 1935 and Most Worshipful Grand Master in 1936. He was made a Royal Arch Mason, on March 21, 1899 in Mount Clemens Chapter No. 69, R.A.M. and served as Excellent High Priest in 1918. He was made a Royal and Select Mason on February 17, 1904 in Mount Clemens Council No. 8, R. & S.M. and served as Thrice Illustrious Master from 1919 to 1921. He was elected Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council R. & S. M. of Michigan in 1926, and served for one year. He was also a member of Mount Clemens Commandery, No. 51, K.T.

He died on May 4, 1956.

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