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David G. Dixon, Grand Master, 1898

Brother Dixon was born in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, where he was educated in the local district schools and resided until the outbreak of the Civil War, when, in April, 1861, he enlisted, and, August 5, 1861, was mustered into the Union Army and served three years with distinction in Battery "B," 1st Pa. Reserve Light Artillery, being promoted October 10, 1861, to rank of Corporal, and participating in the battles in the seven days' fight before Richmond and Second Bull Run, in which latter engagement he was severely wounded. Upon receiving his discharge from the military service, June 8, 1864, he came to this city, and accepted a position in the War Department, Surgeon General's Office, and later became Chief Clerk of the Supply Division, which position he held at the time of his death.

Brother Dixon was noted for his kindness of heart, genial disposition, and careful and painstaking habits, and was one of the most popular and best-beloved members of the Fraternity in the jurisdiction.

He passed away, after a long and painful illness, November 25, and his funeral took place at Rock Creek Cemetery, Sunday, November 28, 1909, under the auspices of the Grand Lodge, M. W. Brother H. K. Simpson officiating, and was attended by large delegations from his lodge, chapter, and commandery, and numerous friends.

He received the Blue Lodge degrees in Lebanon Lodge, No. 7, in this city in the years 1866-67, and after serving in several positions in the lodge, was elected Worshipful Master in 1880, and re-elected in 1881. In 1884 he served as Treasurer and in the election of that year was chosen Secretary of the lodge and filled that position for ten consecutive years. He received the Capitular degrees in Washington R. A. Chapter, No. 2, in 1880-81, being exalted March 24, 1881, and after filling several of the subordinate offices of the chapter, was elected as its Excellent High Priest in December, 1884, serving for the year 1885. He was chosen Treasurer of the chapter in 1890, and served in that position continuously until the end of his life.

He was knighted in Washington Commandery, No. 1, K T., in 1882, and subsequently served as Warder, Junior Warden, Senior Warden, Captain General, and Generalissimo, and was elected Eminent Commander in 1893 and served as such for one year.

He was a member of the Masonic Veterans' Association of the District of Columbia.

He was made a member of Almas Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., August 30, 1886.

He was elected and served as President of the Convention of Anointed High Priests in 1894.

In 1886 he was elected an officer in the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, and after filling various offices in the line was elected M. W. G. Master, December, 1894, and served in that position for the succeeding Masonic year.

During his incumbency he officiated at the dedication of the recently erected Hall of Naval Lodge, No. 4, one of the most notable Masonic improvements of recent years.

He was for many years a member of the Fourth Presbyterian Church.

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Source: History of the Grand Lodge and Freemasonry in the District of Columbia, compiled by W. Brother Kenton N. Harper, 1911.

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