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Henry S. Merrill, Grand Master, 1894

Brother Merrill was born at Plymouth, New Hampshire, May 23, 1843. When about six months old his father removed to Charleston, Mass., and in that place young Merrill resided and received a common school education, until the age of nineteen when, in July, 1862, he enlisted in the 36th Mass. Regt, U. S. Vols., for a period of three years. Two years later he received his discharge from the army to accept a clerkship in the War Department at Washington, and on February 1, 1872, resigned that position to enter the service of the Treasury Department where he has since remained.

Brother Merrill has for many years taken a lively interest in local Masonic matters and has brought to the discharge of the duties of the many offices he has filled a degree of earnestness and ability which have been alike creditable to himself and the Fraternity. A genial, companionable man he has a host of friends, and still continues to keep in close and helpful touch with all the movements for the advancement of the Fraternity. Brother Merrill was initiated in LaFayette Lodge, No. 19, of this jurisdiction, December 16, 1865; passed January 12, 1866, and raised February 1, 1866; served as J. W. in 1874; was Secretary, 1884-87, and again 1892-93, and in the interim, in 1888, filled the East in his lodge. He became Grand Master in 1894 after having rilled the subordinate chairs and in the same year was elected to honorary membership in Washington Centennial Lodge, No. 14.

He received the Capitular degrees in Columbia R. A. Chapter, No. 1, from June 1 to August 8, 1866, and served as High Priest in 1872. He was knighted in Columbia Commandery, No. 2, K. T., this city, in 1868 and dimitted therefrom in 1888; affiliated with Washington Commandery, No. 1, August 8, 1888, and was Recorder of the latter body from April, 1896, to April, 1909.

He is a fifteenth degree Scottish Rite Mason, unaffiliated.

AHGP District of Columbia

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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