William L. Greenly

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William L. Greenly, PGM,
William L. Greenly, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master 1860

William L. Greenly was born in Hamilton, New York on September 18, 1813. He pursued a course of study at Union College in Schenectady, New York, and graduated in 1831. Returning to his home in Hamilton, he was admitted to the Bar in 1834. He came to Michigan in 1836, and made his home in Adrian, where he resided until his death. He was elected State Senator in 1837. In 1845 he was elected Lieutenant Governor, and by the resignation of Governor Welch, became acting Governor in February 1847. After being the recipient of these high honors, he returned to his home and became a Justice of the Peace for sixteen years.

He was raised as a Master Mason on September 22, 1847 at Adrian Lodge, No. 19. At the annual election at the close of that year, he was elected Senior Warden, and represented his Lodge at Grand Lodge in 1848. He was elected Worshipful Master on November 17, 1850, and served in that capacity for three years. In 1859 he was elected Deputy Grand Master and in 1860 was made Most Worshipful Grand Master.

In Royal Arch Masonry he also attained equal distinction. He was exalted to the sublime degree of a Royal Arch Mason in the Adrian Chapter, No. 10, on January 31, 1851. During the following year he was elected High Priest. He made his first appearance in the Grand Chapter in January 1853 and was elected Grand King. The next year he advanced to Deputy Grand High Priest, and in 1855 was elected to Grand High Priest.

He received the Orders of Knighthood at the Adrian Commandery in 1857.

He died on November 29, 1883.

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