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Thomas John Newton, Junior Grand Warden, 1911

Born in Liverpool, England, January 20, 1852, he came to Philadelphia, Philadelphia, when nine years of age, and received his education in the public schools of the latter city. After engaging in mercantile pursuits for a few years he removed to Washington, District of Columbia, and entered the Government service as a clerk in the Department of State, July 1, 1874, and has been continuously employed in that service to the present time, filling many positions of trust, among them that of Special Disbursing Officer of the Department for the Alaskan Boundary Tribunal, which met in London, England, from August 1 to November 18, 1903.

Brother Newton was raised in National Lodge, No. 12, April 20, 1880, and filled the East in that body for the years 1885 and 1886; was exalted in Eureka R. A. Chapter, No. 4, March 23, 1883, and served as High Priest in 1889; was knighted in Washington Commandery, No. 1, K T., May 23, 1883.

Brother Newton has been an indefatigable worker in the different branches of local Masonry, but perhaps his most valuable efforts have been directed toward the perfection of the Masonic Relief work, and along this line he has builded for himself and the jurisdiction an enviable record. His work in this direction commenced on the local Board as a delegate from his lodge in 1882, and he has been in continuous active service to the present time, serving as Secretary from 1886 to 1890, inclusive, when he was elected Vice-President and then President, serving in the latter office two years. In 1904 he again took up the duties as Secretary and is still holding that position.

On the formation of the General Masonic Relief Association for the United States and Canada, in 1885, our Board became a contributing member, and it has been his privilege to attend all its meetings as a delegate from our local Board, with the single exception of the 1903 meeting, when he was absent from the country on Government business. He has served the Association in various capacities, i. e., as a member of the Advisory Board from September, 1890, to 1899, when he was elected Second Vice-President; in 1901, elected First Vice-President, and in 1903, notwithstanding his absence, was elected President, serving until 1905, and by virtue of such service is a permanent member of said association. At the present time, he is holding the important position of Chairman of the Committee on Organization and Membership.

Gifted with an unusually attractive personality, of courteous, kindly demeanor, Brother Newton has a deservedly wide circle of friends, while his exceptional mental equipment and earnestness of purpose insures for the jurisdiction a successful administration under his guidance when he shall have been installed as Grand Master.

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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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