William M. Perrett

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William M. Perrett, PGM,
William M. Perrett, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1914-1915

William M. Perrett was born in London, England, on October 10, 1862. He received an education in the public schools of that country and came to America in 1888, settling in Akron, Ohio, and afterward came to Detroit, Michigan.

He was not long in this country before he took an interest in Masonry, receiving his Master Mason degree in Corinthian Lodge, No. 241, of Detroit, on February 3, 1902. He passed through the chairs of said lodge, becoming Worshipful Master in 1907, and at the following Annual Communication of Grand Lodge, he was elected to the office of Grand Marshal, and being regularly promoted he was elected Deputy Grand Master at the Annual Communication in 1913. Through the death of Most Worshipful Grand Master Francis D. Clarke, he became Acting Grand Master and filled out the remaining nine months of the term of Grand Master Clarke, and was duly elected Most Worshipful Grand Master at the Annual Communication in the city of Flint, on May 27, 1914. He was active in all the other various Masonic bodies, having received all the Masonic degrees in both the York and Scottish Rites. He was a member of King Cyrus Chapter, No. 133, R.A.M.; of Monroe Council, No. 1, R. & S.M.; Damascus Commandery, No. 42, K.T.; Michigan Sovereign Consistory, A. & A.S.R.; Moslem Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., of which he is a Past Potentate; and Kilwinning Chapter, O.E.S., all of the city of Detroit.

M.W. Brother Perrett exemplified the true principles of Freemasonry. He had a happy home, with a charming wife and two children. He was a member of the Episcopal church.

He died on August 28, 1930.

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