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Landon Cabell Williamson, Grand Master, 1893

Born at Charlottesville, Virginia, October 12, 1853, his early education was by private tutor until he entered the National University where he received his degree in law, was immediately thereafter admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia and later before the U. S. Supreme Court, and since 1874 has been an active and successful practitioner before the bar of Washington. For a number of years M. W. Brother Williamson has been active in local church affairs, being identified in his earlier adult life with the First Presbyterian and later with the Assembly Church, in which latter he was twice Superintendent of the Sunday School, an Elder, and the leader of a large Bible class. When the Assembly and North Presbyterian Church united several years ago and formed the Northminster Presbyterian Church, he went into that church and is at present an Elder, Superintendent of its Sabbath School, and teacher of a Bible class. His interest in other lines of religious activity is shown by the fact that he served the local Y. M. C. A. for years as its President.

For more than thirty years he has been an enthusiastic and tireless worker in all branches of Masonry and has given liberally of his time and talents in most efficient work in this field. He was made a Mason in Washington Centennial Lodge, No. 14, of this jurisdiction, receiving the three degrees February 19, March 18, and May 6, 1880, respectively; was Junior Warden in 1884 and Master in 1885-'7; withdrew May 21, 1890, as a charter member of Osiris Lodge, No. 26, serving as its first S. W.; became Junior Grand Warden the same year; S. G. W., 1891; D. G. M., 1892, and Grand Master, 1893.

He received the Capitular degrees in LaFayette R. A. Chapter, No. 5, in October, 1884, entered the Council as Scribe in 1888, was King in 1889, and High Priest the following year.

He was knighted in Columbia Commandery, No. 2, K T., but dimitted and became a member of Orient, No. 5, in which latter commandery he remains.

In Cryptic Masonry he is on the roll of Washington Council, No. 1, Royal and Select Masters.

He was one of the founders of the Masonic Relief Association of the United States and Canada, was the Secretary of the same for four years, and its President for two years. He is also a past president of the local Masonic Board of Relief. He holds membership in the Masonic Veterans' Association, the Convention of High Priests, and Almas Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.

He is a thirty-third degree Mason of the A. A. Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States; is a member of Mithras Lodge, No. 1; a life member of Evangelist Chapter of Rose Croix, Robert De Bruce Council of Kadosh, and Albert Pike Consistory, A. A. S. R., and an honorary member of the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite. As a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Brother Williamson has also attained exalted rank. He was the first Patron of Naomi Chapter, No. 3, the first Grand Patron of the District of Columbia, and has held the office of Most Worthy Grand Patron of the General Grand Chapter of the O. E. S.

He is one of the incorporators and directors of the Masonic and Eastern Star Home, and to his untiring interest, activity, and ability the success attained by that Institution is in a large measure due.

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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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