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Yelverton Peyton Page, Grand Master, 1863

Brother Page possessed one of the most interesting personalities in the history of the Grand Lodge, and through a eulogy pronounced upon him by his intimate friend, Past Grand Master B. B. French, in 1863, we are permitted an insight into his life and character as fortunate as it is unusual.

 He was born in Washington, D. C, July 17, 1823, of parents noted for their integrity and worth, and among the prominent citizens of the city. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as was also their son, and his early youth under the care of such parents promised to develop a character for goodness, truth, and morality, which promise was amply fulfilled. In early boyhood he was a page in the U. S. Senate, and became a favorite with many of the Senators. During the recess periods he devoted himself to study, and later became one of the most important clerks in the office of the Secretary of the Senate. He was initiated in Naval Lodge, No. 4, June 5, 1847; passed July 31, 1847, and raised August 2, 1847, and served as Master during the years 1852, 1856-58; exalted in Washington R. A. Chapter; made a Knight Templar May 11, 1853.

 Besides his service as Master he held various offices in Naval Lodge. In manner he was dignified, yet kind and courteous. As a Mason his charity was known throughout the jurisdiction; to him Free masonry was not a mere shadow, it was a solemn and abiding obligation.

In the Grand Lodge he stood high, and was bold and decided in the expression of opinions he considered right He was elected Grand Master for the year 1863, while ill, and was installed in his home. In his address on that occasion he closed with the pathetic words: "You have summoned me in my weakness; you must sustain me by your strength." At this time he was apparently convalescing from an attack of pneumonia, and while he became better, he never regained his health, and died September 26, 1863, while Grand Master of the District, and but forty years of age.


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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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