History of The General Grand Masonic Congress
The General Grand Masonic Congress
OF THE MOST WORSHIP GRAND MASTERS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
at Washington D.C., 1847 Revised 1889 Cleveland Ohio Left on Record by the late John G. Jones, 33° Mission Statement The object and purpose of this organization or corporation shall be for the mutual protection of it's members, their advancement in the society, to teach the ar ts, modes, of universal free symbolic masonry Ancient Free or Free and Accepted, and the advancement thereof. to promote charity, education, social entertainment, to care for widows and orphans , to provide homes and trade schools for relatives of Master Masons throughout the United States and Canada.
This is the mission statement in its originality The original name of the General Grand Masonic Congress, was The National Grand Lodge when established in the first meeting of 1847 A.D. in Washington DC. It was revived under the same name (National Grand Lodge). It is understood that this body claimed jurisdiction in and over universal free (symbolic) masonry in all the United States of America and Canada for all free Masons regardless if ancient free and accepted or free and accepted Masons. It was first organized by Edward H. Thomas, John A Smallwood, Adolphis Hall and others of Washington DC. This body was called The National Grand Lodge Edward H Thomas Affiliation. In 1889, at Cleveland Ohio, August 9th, the late John G. Jones reorganized the organization under the present name, The General Grand Masonic Congress of the USA and Canada. The original constitution and statues, with the approved name change, was incorporated August 21, 1920 in Cleveland Ohio. (Book 1246, Folio 163). In 1946, with the signatures of fifteen Brothers, amendments were made to the constitution. The amended constitution was notarized in Harris County, Texas and recorded as a charter amendment. (Book 1723, Folio 335). One of the changes was the organization was changed from a 99 year existence to perpetual existence and included the sisterhood under it's adoptive authority. (As recorded by the recorder of mortgages, State of Louisiana, Parish of Orleans). This information was taken from various Congress records for your information. We are not to criticize our predecessors but to build on what they tried to do with what they had to work with. So let us continue to build together.
The General Grand Masonic Congress OF THE MOST WORSHIPFUL GRAND MASTERS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Organized at Washington, D.C., 1847 Revised 1889, Cleveland, Ohio Left on Record by the late John G. Jones, 33
Brief History of the General Grand Masonic Congress of the USA
"The object and purpose of this organization or corporation shall be for the mutual protection of its members, their advancement in the society, to teach the arts, modes of Universal free symbolic masonry Ancient Free or Free and Accepted and the advancement thereof. To promote charity, education, social entertainment, to care for Widows and orphans, to provide homes and trade schools for relatives of Master Masons throughout the United States of America and Canada. -This is the mission statement in its originality"
These are the names on record of those who served as Congress President (President General) M.W. Jones G. Jones 33
M.W. Edward H. Thomas 33 M. W.
Timothy Butler 33
M.W. William T. M. GrantSr. 33
M.W. Lester Clark 33
M.W. Daniel Mason 33
M.W. James A. McDonald 33
M.W.Ardell Holland 33
M.W. Edwin Sturrup 33
M.W. O. C. Lockett 33
M.W Nathaniel F. Simmons 33 Emeritus
M.W. William H. Murchison 33 Present
The 2 YEAR LOCATION OF GENERAL GRAND MASONIC CONGRESS SESSIONS ON RECORD YEAR LOCATION 1956 Chicago, Illinois 1958 Detroit, Michigan 1960 Brooklyn, New York 1962 Detroit, Michigan 1964 Brooklyn, New York 1966 Los Angeles, California 1968 New York, New York 1970 Detroit, Michigan 1972 San Antoine, Texas 1974 Los Angeles, California 1976 Denver, Colorado 1978 Phoenix, Arizona 1980 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1982 Chicago, Illinois 1984 Memphis, Tennessee 1986 Brooklyn, New York 1988 Little Rock, Arkansas 1990 New Orleans, Louisiana 1992 Chicago, Illinois 1994 Kansas City, Missouri 1996 Birmingham, Alabama 1998 Cincinnati, Ohio 2000 Detroit, Michigan 2002 Memphis, Tennessee 2004 Los Angeles, California 2006 New York, New York 2008 Chicago, Illinois 2010 Little Rock, Arkansas 2012 Galveston, Texas 2013 Detroit, Michigan 2015 Atlanta, Georgia 2017 New Orleans, Louisiana 2019