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George Clarke Ober, Grand Master, 1910

Brother Ober, son of the late John and Frances Ober, is a native of the jurisdiction over which he has presided. Born in Washington, April 17, 1860, he was educated by private tutors and graduated at the Emerson Institute in 1878. The following year he entered upon the study of medicine at the Medical College of the Georgetown University, from which he graduated with the highest honors of his class in 1882. After serving a year as resident physician of the Children's Hospital, in 1883 he engaged in private practice, in which he has won distinction and success. From 1891 to 1903 he was Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics in the Medical Department of the National University. Upon the passage of the Medical Practice Act in 1896 and the organization of the several Boards authorized thereby, he was appointed by the Commissioners of the District of Columbia a member of the Board of Medical Examiners, elected Secretary thereof, and served in that capacity for nine years, when he was elected to the office of President, which he still holds. He is an ex-President of the Board of Medical Supervisors of the District, and for the last four years its Secretary. He has also served as Secretary and as First Vice-President of the Medical Association of the District of Columbia; as Chairman of the Judicial Council of the American Therapeutical Society, and is an ex-President and for many years a member of Board of Counsellors of the Medical Association of the District.

Brother Ober is a ready, easy, and forceful speaker, a man of dignified yet pleasing personality and polished manner, and possessing, as he does in an unusual degree, a judicial mind and sound judgment, has won an enviable reputation as an able executive and presiding officer. These qualities have brought to him the rather unique distinction of having filled, in addition to the office of Grand Master, the positions of Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons and Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery, K. T., of the District of Columbia, being the incumbent of the latter office at the date of this publication. It is also sufficiently unprecedented to be worthy of note that from May until December, 1910, he ably filled both the chairs of Grand Master and Grand Commander.

M. W. Brother Ober was made a Master Mason in Naval Lodge, No. 4, April 18, 1889; exalted to the sublime degree of Royal Arch Mason in Washington Naval Chapter, No. 6, May 29, 1890; knighted in Washington Commandery, No. 1, September 23, 1891, and became a charter member and the first Captain-General of Orient Commandery, No. 5, October 19, 1895. He was Master of his lodge in 1899, High Priest of his chapter in 1894, and Commander of his commandery in 1898, and his term of service as presiding officer of each body was notable for its prosperity.

In the Grand Lodge he served a full term in every chair from Junior Grand Steward to Grand Master. He was elected Grand Commander in May, 1910, after serving successively in the various subordinate offices. In the Grand Chapter, R. A. M., he filled every station from Grand Master of the Second Vail, with the exception of Grand Captain of the Host, and was Grand High Priest in 1904.

He 19 Past President of the Convention of High Priests and a member of Adoniram Council, No. 2, R. and S. M., of the Masonic Veteran Association, and of Almas Temple, Mystic Shrine.

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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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