Grand Master Of Masons In Massachusetts
He was an early initiate of St. Andrew's Lodge in 1760, the first "ancient" lodge in Boston.and spent forty of his eighty-three years as an active Mason. He was involved in creating the Massachusetts Grand Lodge of Ancient Masons, through which he participated in the organization and spread of masonry throughout the state. By the time he was Grand Master in 1794 the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts was chartering Lodges in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut and New Hampshire. Revere himself added twenty three during his three year term. Paul Revere also played an integral part in writing the final resolution which declared the independence of the Grand Lodge from Great Britain, in keeping with his desire for an independent America.
He saw Massachusetts Freemasonry through the hazardous transition from colony to state, and experienced the brunt of the turmoil through St. Andrew's Lodge when it chose to remain loyal to the Grand Lodge of Scotland. He created Rising States Lodge which eventually failed, and perhaps disillusioned him, but he offered the craft his loyalty, and constantly worked through offices and committees to preserve and perpetuate its integrity. His was the glorious age of Masonry, prior to the Morgan Affair and the anti-masonic crusade of the 1820's when the Fraternity grew unhindered and flourished in public processions and ceremonies, laid cornerstones and attracted men of influence in every community
As a craftsman Revere had a unique knowledge of the Fraternity which enabled him to produce items of symbolic masonic significance, unlike most Boston goldsmiths of that day. Revere's shop provided Lodges with copperplate engravings for certificates and notifications of meetings, seals, ladles and medals. In addition Revere also crafted masonic "jewels", symbolic emblems worn by the Lodge's officers. He made no fewer than eleven sets of officer's jewels containing anywhere from five to twelve pieces.
Complete sets of these jewels purchased in 1796 are still possessed by Washington Lodge
in Lexington, Massachusetts and King Hiram's Lodge in Provincetown, Massachusetts. King
Hiram's Lodge also has in its collection three Revere engraved certificates
and two Past Masters jewels, one of which is on display at the Museum of Our National
Heritage in Lexington, Massachusetts. Revere also fashioned and crafted the golden urn in
the collection of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in 1800.
The urn is inscribed "This URN encloses a Lock of HAIR/ of the Immortal WASHINGTON/ PRESENTED JANUARY 27, 1800/ to the Massachusetts GRAND LODGE/ by HIS amiable WIDOW. / Born Feby 11th, 1732 /Obt Decr 14, 1799."
List compiled from The Grand Lodge Of Massachusetts, Two Hundred and Fifty Years of Freemasonry (Boston: Rapid Press Service, 1983), p. 21
All the historical content in these pages researched and compiled by Wor. James J. Theriault, curator of King Hiram's Museum and lodge historian. Any comments concerning content may be sent to James J. Theriault, 541A Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601