Wirt I. Savery

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Wirt I. Savery, PGM,
Wirt I. Savery, PGM (From the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library Collection)

Most Worshipful Grand Master, 1938-1939

Wirt I. Savery was born on October 24, 1873 in Caroline County, Virginia, but soon came back with his parents to Michigan. He spent his early boyhood on a farm in Salem Township, in Washtenaw County, where he was educated in the District School. Later he attended Ann Arbor High School and the University of Michigan. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1901 and his Bachelor of Law degree in 1905. While obtaining his education in Ann Arbor, he taught at the Union School in Salem and for a year in the City of Manila in the Philippines.

He was raised as a Master Mason in Fraternity Lodge No. 262 in Ann Arbor on April 20, 1905, and transferred his membership the following year to Detroit Lodge No. 2, where, in recognition of his untiring service to the Craft, his brethren elevated him to the Worshipful Masters’ chair in Detroit Lodge in 1914. His service in Grand Lodge began with membership on the Finance Committee and his subsequent election to the office of Grand Marshal in 1932. He was the second Detroiter to be elected to that office since its creation in 1893.

While the members of the fraternity in Detroit knew him as one of the Worshipful Masters of Detroit No. 2 and as Eminent Commander of Damascus Commandery No. 42 in 1923, his monumental service to the Craft was his work in the Masonic Temple Association, which he began in 1917 as a representative of his Lodge. He served as President of the Association in 1926 when the Temple was dedicated.

He was also a member of Monroe Chapter No. 1, R.A.M. Detroit Consistory A. & A.S.R., and Moslem Temple A.A.O.N.M.S.

He was elected as Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Michigan in May 1938.

He practiced law in Detroit for thirty-three years and was the head of the firm of Savery, McKenzie and Hamilton. He was chairman of the Detroit Committee on Legal Ethics of the State Bar of Michigan.

In 1902 he married Edith A. Quackenbush. They were blessed with one daughter.

He died on January 24, 1939

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