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Thomas P. Chiffelle, Grand Master, 1886

Brother Chiffelle was born in Charleston, South Carolina, December 11, 1816, and lived in that city during his boyhood.

He was appointed to a cadetship at West Point from his native State and graduated from that institution in the class of 1836.

After a few years' service as an officer in the U. S. Army he resigned his commission, began the profession of civil engineering, and took up his residence in Baltimore, Maryland, and one of his monuments in that city is the Maryland Institute, the cornerstone of which bears his name as architect.

At the outbreak of the Civil War he came to Washington, where he was closely associated with his former classmate, Gen. M. C. Meigs, in engineering work on public constructions under the War Department A man of unusual attainments he was a public-spirited and exemplary citizen, a loving husband and father, and altho not a Mason until past the meridian of life was for nearly a quarter of a century an active and valuable member of the Fraternity.

His death occurred April 27, 1891, and his funeral was held under the auspices of the Grand Lodge April 30, on which occasion the services of the Rose Croix were conducted by the officers of Evangelist Chapter Rose Croix, No. 1, the Templar service by Potomac Commandery, No. 3. The interment was at Arlington and the Blue Lodge service at the grave was rendered by the officers of the Grand Lodge.

Brother Chiffelle was initiated in Potomac Lodge, No. 5, January 3, 1870; passed April 4, 1870, and raised May 2, 1870; served as Master of his lodge, 1877-79; was J. G. Warden, 1881-82; S. G. Warden, 1883; Deputy Grand Master, 1884-85, and Grand Master, 1886. He received the Chapter degrees December 5, 1876, and January 23 and February 11, 1877, in Potomac R A. Chapter, No. 8, and was also a member of Potomac Commandery, No. 3, K. T., of this jurisdiction. In Scottish Rite Masonry he had attained the thirty-second degree.

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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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