Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Justices of the Supreme Court and Freemasonry, Part 3

Continuing from Part 2, this article will discuss those Freemasons who served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America during the 20th century. There are nineteen Freemasons who served in this time and they are: William H. Moody, Willis Van Devanter, Joseph R. Lamar, Mahlon Pitney, John H. Clarke, William Howard Taft, Hugo LaFayette Black, Stanley F. Reed, William O. Douglas, James F. Byrnes, Robert H. Jackson, Wiley B. Rutledge, Harold H. Burton, Frederick M. Vinson, Thomas C. Clark, Sherman Minton, Earl Warren, Potter Stewart, and Thurgood Marshall.

William H. Moody served this country as District Attorney, US Congressman, Attorney General, and Secretary of Navy before serving as Justice of the US Supreme Court. Born on December 23, 1853, in Newbury, MA, he would go on to attend Harvard where he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1878. Moody was named District Attorney for Eastern Massachusetts in 1890 where he rose to prominence when he prosecuted the alleged ax-murderer, Lizzie Borden. He was elected to the US Congress in 1897. In 1902, he was appointed Secretary of the Navy by Theodore Roosevelt and, in 1904, he was appointed Attorney General, again, by Roosevelt. In 1906, Roosevelt nominated Moody to the Supreme Court to which he was confirmed on December 17, 1906. He resigned from the US Supreme Court on November 20, 1910, due to crippling rheumatism. He died on July 2, 1917, in Haverhill, MA. Moody was a member of Saggahew Lodge in Haverhill, MA, as well as a member in Pentucket Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Haverhill Commandery of Knights Templar, and the Scottish Rite (NMJ).

Willis Van Devanter served on the US Supreme Court for 27-years. He was born on April 17, 1859, in Marion, IN. He graduated from the Cincinnati Law School in 1881. He would practice law there until 1884 when he moved to Cheyenne, WY. It was there that he would be appointed to the Wyoming Territorial Legislature in 1885 and then in 1889 he was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison as Chief Justice of the Wyoming Territory Supreme Court (impressive for only being 30-years old). In 1897, he was appointed as Assistant US Attorney General in the State of Washington and then in 1903 he was made a Circuit Court Judge of the 8th Circuit. On December 16, 1910, he was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. He died on February 8, 1941.He was a member of Acacia Lodge No.11 and the Scottish Rite in Cheyenne, WY.

Born to a prominent Georgian family, Joseph R. Lamar served for 6-years on the Supreme Court. He was born on October 14, 1857, in Ruckerville, GA. After graduating from Bethany College and Washington and Lee University, he was a lawyer, member of the Georgia lower house from 1886 to 1889, member of the Commission to Recodify the Laws of Georgia, and Justice of the Georgian Supreme Court from 1903 to 1905. Lamar was little known outside of Georgia so it came as a surprise when President Taft nominated him to the Supreme Court of the United States. His career was unremarkable. [] He died January 1, 1916. While his home Lodge is not known, he later became affiliated with Webb Lodge No.166 where he served as Junior Warden and Senior Warden. He was exalted to the Royal Arch degree in Augusta Chapter No.2 and knighted in Georgia Commandery No. 1 of Knights Templar in 1886.

Mahlon Pitney had originally desired for governorship, but his various judicial appointments ended his political ambitions. He was born on February 5, 1858, in Morristown, NJ. He attended the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) where he was a classmate of Woodrow Wilson. In 1894, Pitney was elected to the US House of Representatives and served for two terms before being elected to the New Jersey Senate. After being defeated in the gubernatorial race, the newly elected Governor Foster Voorhees appointed Pitney to the New Jersey Supreme Court. He served on this court for 20-years and eventually he would serve as Chancellor (equivalent to Chief Justice) of that court. He was nominated by President Taft to the US Supreme Court and confirmed on March 13, 1912. He served until December 31, 1922, when he suffered a stroke. He was one of only two Supreme Court Justices nominated by President Taft who also later served during Taft's tenure as Chief Justice. He died on December 9, 1924, in Washington DC. He is said to have been a member of Cincinnati Lodge No.3 in Morristown, NJ, but there is skepticism as he is only listed as a Mason in the Masonic Service Association 1940s study.

A pacifist and progressive Democrat, John H. Clarke was born on September 18, 1857, in Lisbon, OH. After graduating from Western Reserve University, he was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1878. He was appointed by President Wilson as District Judge for Northern Ohio from 1914 to 1916. President Woodrow Wilson nominated him the US Supreme Court where he served for 6-years. He resigned in 1922 to dedicate his remaining years to cultivating public opinion favorable for world peace. In doing so, he was President of the League of Nation’s Non-Partisan Association of the US from 1922 to 1930 as well as being Trustee of the World Peace Foundation. He died on March 22, 1945, in San Diego, CA. He is listed as member of Western Star Lodge No.21 in Youngstown, OH.

The only man to have both served as US President and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, William Howard Taft was born on September 15, 1857, in Cincinnati, OH. He graduated from Yale in 1878 and Cincinnati Law School in 1880 then went onto practice law in Cincinnati. He served as Assistant County Solicitor from 1881 to 1887, Judge of the Superior Court of Cincinnati from 1887 to 1890, US Solicitor General from 1890 to 1892, US Circuit Court Judge for the Sixth Circuit from 1892 to 1900, President of the US Philippine Commission from 1900 to 1901, the first Civil Governor (Governor General) of the Philippines from 1901 to 1904, Secretary of War from 1904 to 1908, President of the United States of America from 1909 to 1913, and taught law at Yale from 1913 to 1921. He was nominated by President Warren G. Harding and confirmed on July 11, 1921, as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the US. He died on March 8, 1930, in Washington DC. He was made a “Mason at sight” by Charles S. Hoskinson, the Grand Master of Ohio. He affiliated with Kilwinning Lodge No.356. He was also an honorary member of Illinois Masonic Veterans Association, America Lodge No.3369 (London), American Union Lodge No.1 (Ohio), King Solomon Lodge No.2029 (London), Liberty Lodge (Massachusetts), and Naval Lodge No.4 (DC).

Hugo LaFayette Black was born on February 27, 1886, to humble beginnings. He was an
extremely bright mind, nurtured by his mother, who started watching and evaluating law cases at the age of 6. In 1903, he graduated Ashland College and enrolled into Birmingham Medical College, at the age of 17. He soon discovered medicine was not his calling and enrolled in the law school at the University at Alabama, skipping pre-law college training. In 1906, he graduated from law school with honors and was admitted to the bar. After his office in Ashland burned down, he moved to Birmingham to start over where he made a name for himself as an impeccable lawyer. He was appointed to serve as a police court judge from 1911 to 1912, but then resigned to practice private law. He was elected as Prosecuting Attorney in 1914, but left that job to volunteer for the Army during WWI where he served as a Captain in the Field Artillery branch. After the end of the war, he went back to practicing law until December 5, 1927, when he was sworn in as US Senator from Alabama. He served as a Senator until 1937 when he was sworn in as an Associate Justice for the Supreme Court. He served until his death on September 25, 1971, eight days after he had a stroke. Black was a member of Ashland Lodge No.356 and Birmingham Temple Lodge No.636 as well as the Scottish Rite, Knights Templar, and Shriners.

Stanley F. Reed was an attorney that is remembered for his time as Solicitor General under Franklin D. Roosevelt and as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Reed was born in rural Kentucky on December 31, 1884, to a prominent family whose lineage could be traced back to the earliest colonial period in America. He had two Bachelors of Arts from Kentucky Wesleyan College and Yale. He studied law at University of Virginia and Columbia University, but never received his Juris Doctor (or any type of law degree) from either. However, after time in France, he returned to Kentucky and in 1910 he was admitted to the bar. Then in 1912 he was elected to the Kentucky General Assembly and served until the onset of the First World War where he was commissioned as a Lieutenant. After the war, he became well-known as a corporate attorney. Although a Democrat, President Hoover appointed him as general counsel for the Federal Farm Bureau in 1929. In December of 1932, he was appointed general counsel of Reconstruction Finance Corporation. In 1935, Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him as Solicitor General in hopes that he could convince the Supreme Court that the New Deal was constitutional, but when Reed approached the lectern for first argument, he collapsed. He would go on to win several major cases on behalf of the government. After Justice Sutherland announced his retirement, Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Reed as his replacement. He was sworn in as an Associate Justice on January 31, 1938, and served in that position until 1957 when he chose to retire though he stayed active in a number of ways. He died on April 2, 1980, at the Hilaire Nursing Home in Huntington, NY. As a Mason, he was a member of Maysville Lodge No.52 and was said to be present in DC when General George C. Marshall was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason.

William O. Douglas holds the record as the longest continuous service on the Supreme Court of the United States. Born on October 16, 1898, in Maine, MN, the second of three children. At the age of 13, he was stricken with polio and nearly died. After his father's death in 1904, the family moved to Yakima, WA. He thrived in school, was undefeated on the Yakima High School's debating team, and graduated as valedictorian of his high school in 1916. To prove he wasn't frail from the polio, he began to run and hike where he developed a love for the outdoors. He worked his way through Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, and received good grades, but no one ever saw him study. He was involved with the debating team, President of the student congress, and President of the Gamma Zeta Chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He studied law at Columbia University where he graduated in 1925 as second in his class. He started working for Cravath, Henderson & de Gersdorff (now Cravath, Swaine & Moore), a prestigious Wall Street law firm. He only worked at that law firm a few months, but then went to teach law at Columbia Law and then in 1928 transferred to Yale to teach. He then moved to DC to help push Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. In 1937, he became the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He was nominated and confirmed to the Supreme Court on April 4, 1939. He was known for his support for civil liberties and placing limits on government interference. After 36-years of service on the bench, Douglas resigned due to problems stemming from a stroke he had suffered the year before. He died on December 31, 1974, at Walter Reed Hospital. Douglas was a member of Mt. Adams Lodge No.227 in Yakima, WA.

James F. Byrnes was a politician from South Carolina who served for a very short time on the bench before serving in several roles and is one of the few American who served in all three branches of government. Born in Charleston, SC, on May 2, 1882, Byrnes went into the law career field immediately after he left school in the 7th grade where he worked in law offices, as a court stenographer, and a law clerk for a judge. He was admitted to the bar in 1903 and in 1908 he was appointed as solicitor for the second circuit of South Carolina. In 1910, he was elected as a US Congressman for South Carolina. He is remembered a brilliant legislator and became a close ally of President Wilson. Byrnes lost his race for one of the Senate seats of his state, but he was not out of politics long as he won the Senate elections in 1930. While a Senator he was known as a spokesman for Franklin D. Roosevelt. Byrnes won re-election, but didn't complete his entire term as Senator because in June of 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed him as an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. He served in this position after only 15-months to take an appointment by Franklin D. Roosevelt as Director of the Office of Economic Stabilization; the second shortest tenure of any Associate Justice. He served in that position for only 7-months before being appointed as Director of the Office of War Mobilization. He served there just shy of 2-years before President Truman appointed him as United States Secretary of State and was confirmed by the Senate unanimously without a hearing. As Truman had no Vice President during his first term, Byrnes as Secretary of State was first line to the Presidency. As Secretary of State, he attended the Potsdam Conference (a critical turning point in US-Soviet relations) and the Paris Peace Conference. It is said that relations soured between him and Truman so he resigned. He returned to political life in 1951 when he was elected as Governor of South Carolina replacing Strom Thurmond. He died on April 9, 1972, in Columbia, SC. He was Raised as a Master Mason in Aiken Lodge No.156 on January 12, 1911, but affiliated with Spartan Lodge No.70 on July 5, 1926. He was exalted to the degree of Royal Arch Mason in Kadoshlayah Chapter No.41 on November 21, 1911, but later affiliated with Chicora Chapter No.23 in 1934. He was initiated into Aiken Council No.23, of Royal & Select Masters (Cryptic Masons), on November 26, 1920 and affiliated with Blakce Council No.19 on October 22, 1945. He was knighted in Columbia Commandery No.2 on October 20, 1916 and later affiliated with Aiken Commandery No.14 in 1923 and then to Spartanburg Commandery No.3 in 1934. Some will notice that he joined the Cryptic Masons after he had joined the Commandery, but please be aware that it was not required then for one to join the Cryptic Masons to join the Knights Templar.

Robert H. Jackson is another notable American jurist who was a Mason. He born on February 13, 1892, in Spring Creek, PA. He was educated at Albany Law School, but went on to receive other honorary degrees from many other universities. He was admitted to the bar in 1913. He was appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt as Assistant US Attorney General for the Antitrust Division in 1936. He was appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt as US Solicitor General in 1938. He was appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt as US Attorney General in 1940. He was appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt as an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court in 1941. In 1945, President Truman appointed Jackson to represent the US in the negotiations with the Soviets, the Brits, and the French on agreement for international trials of European Axis war criminals. He was also named as the American prosecutor at Nuremburg war crimes trials in Germany where he conducted the prosecution of Goering, Ribbentrop, and many others. He served until his death on October 9, 1954, in Washington DC. He is listed as a member of Mt. Moriah Lodge No.145 in Jamestown, NY where he was initiated on September 17, 1929, passed on October 1, 1929, and Raised on October 22, 1929. He was also a member of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite (joined in November of 1930) in Jamestown and Ismailia Shrine Temple in Buffalo.

The eighth and last of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Supreme Court appointees, Wiley B. Rutledge was also an educator and college dean. Rutledge was born on July 20, 1894, in Cloverport, KY, to a Southern Baptist minister. He received a formal education at Maryville College and then the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He went on to be a high school teacher in Indiana before moving to Colorado where he received a law degree from the University of Colorado. He practiced law for a few years in Boulder before going back to the University of Colorado to teach law. In 1926, he moved to St. Louis where he taught law at Washington University and became Dean in 1930. In 1935, he moved to Iowa where he became Dean of the University of Iowa College of Law. In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Rutledge the US Court of Appeals for Washington DC. After the resignation of Justice Byrnes, Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Rutledge to the Supreme Court where he served until his death on September 10, 1949, at the age of 55. Rutledge was initiated as an Entered Apprentice Mason on September 9, 1921, passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on September 23, 1921, and Raised to the Sublime degree of Master Mason on October 19, 1921, in Boulder Lodge No.45 in Colorado.

Harold H. Burton was an American politician and jurist noted for being the only Republican appointed to the US Supreme Court from 1933 to 1953. Burton was born on June 22, 1888, in Jamaica Plain (Boston suburbs), MA. He attended Bowdoin College before finishing his law degree at Harvard in 1912 thereafter he moved to Cleveland to practice law. He served as an Infantry officer during WWI where he saw action in France and Belgium, and received the Belgian Croix de guerre (war cross). He returned to Cleveland and resumed his law practice, but also taught at the Western Reserve University Law School. In 1929, he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. He was elected in 1936 as Mayor of Cleveland and served for 4-years. He served as US Senator from Ohio from 1941 to 1945 before he was nominated by President Truman as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. He resigned on October 13, 1958, after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He died on October 28, 1964, in Washington DC, but is interred in Highland Park Cemetery in Cleveland, OH. He is listed as a member of Pythagoras Lodge No.682 in Cleveland, a 33° in the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite in Ohio, and member of Al Koran Shrine Temple in Cleveland.

Like James Byrnes, Frederick M. Vinson is one of the few politicians who have served in all three branches of the government. Vinson was born on January 22, 1890, in Louisa, KY. He studied law at Centre College Law in Danville, KY, where he achieved the highest grades in the history of the school. In 1911, he returned to Louisa to practice law after graduating from Centre College and was elected as the City Attorney. Vinson joined the military in 1917, but while still at officer's training the war ended and he returned to Louisa. He was then elected to the Commonwealth Attorney for the 32nd Judicial District of Kentucky. He served in the US House of Representatives from 1924 to 1937. Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Vinson to the US Court of Appeals for DC where he served from 1937 to 1943. Then on May 28, 1943, he was appointed as Director of the Office of Economic Stabilization. On July 23, 1945, President Truman appointed him as Secretary of the Treasury. Following the death of Chief Justice Harlan Stone, President Truman appointed Vinson as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The major issues considered by the Court during Vinson’s tenure were the rights of communists, labor unions, and the validity of racial segregation. He served as Chief Justice until his death from a heart attack on September 8, 1953. He is listed as a member of Apperson Lodge No.195 and Louisa Chapter No.95 of Royal Arch Masons, both in Louisa, KY.

The first recipient of the Distinguished Jurist Award from Mississippi State University and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Thomas C. Clark was a Texas lawyer who served in the Justice Department, as Attorney General, and as a Supreme Court Justice. He was born on September 23, 1899 in Dallas, TX, to a family of lawyers. After high school, he served in World War I as a National Guardsman. After returning from the war, he attended and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1922. While in school, Clark became a member of Delta Tau Delta, ascending to the position of International President. After school, Clark worked in his family's law firm, for nearly 15-years. From 1927 to 1932, he worked as Assistant District Attorney for the City of Dallas. In 1937, Clark joined the Justice Department where he worked in the war risk litigation section and antitrust division. Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Clark as US Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division in 1943. In 1945, Truman appointed Clark as US Attorney General where he dealt with many matters that resulted from the World War II. After the death of Justice Frank Murphy, Truman nominated Clark to the Supreme Court. Clark served as an Associate Justice until June 12, 1967, when he resigned due to a conflict of interest that arose when his son, Ramsay, was named US Attorney General. Clark spent the rest of his time as a visiting Judge on various Federal Appellate Courts, Director of the Federal Judicial Center, and Chair on the Board of Directors for the American Judicature Society. He died on June 13, 1977, in NYC, but was entombed in Dallas. He was a member of Washington Lodge No.1117 in Dallas and the Valley of Dallas of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite.

Sherman Minton was an Indiana politician, a veteran of WWI, and an Associate Justice. He was born on October 20, 1890, in Georgetown, IN. He attended University of Indiana School of Law where he graduated in 1915 and Yale in 1916 where he received a Master of Law degree; while at Yale he met former President Taft. He served as an Infantry Captain during World War I. He failed several election attempts before he was appointed as a Commissioner of the Indiana Public Service Commission in 1931. In 1935, he was elected as a US Senator from Indiana where he served one term and Senate Majority Whip. Once he was out of the Senate in 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Minton to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. After the resignation of Justice Rutledge in 1949, Truman appointed Minton to the US Supreme Court where he served for 7-years. Due to health reasons, Minton resigned on October 15, 1956. He died of pernicious anemia on April 9, 1965, in Indiana. He is remembered as a liberal Senator, but conservative jurist. He is listed as a member of DePauw Lodge No.338, New Albany, IN.

Earl Warren is remembered as presiding over the Supreme Court during many important cases such as Brown v Board of Education in 1954, Gideon v Wainwright in 1963, Reynolds v Sims in 1964, and Miranda v Arizona in 1966. He was born on March 19,1891, in LA. He received a law degree from UC Berkeley and after graduation he went to go work for the Law Department of the Associated Oil Company then the law firm Robinson and Robinson. During World War I, he oversaw some of the draftees in Oakland before being promoted to First Lieutenant (1LT) and sent to Texas to train officers on the bayonet. He didn't serve there long as the war ended and he was discharged whereon he returned to California. He served as Clerk for the Judiciary Committee of the California Assembly then became Deputy District Attorney. In 1925, he became the District Attorney where he served for 13-years. In 1938, Warren ran for and won the election for Attorney General for California. In 1942, he ran for Governor of California and won. After the death of Chief Justice Vinson in 1953, President Eisenhower nominated Warren as the 14th Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. While many viewed him as a moderate Republican, he proved to be more liberal while on the bench. His leadership was crucial during a turbulent time for the Supreme Court and the country. He retired on June 23, 1969, and died on July 9, 1974, in Washington DC. He is listed as a member of Sequoia Lodge No.349 in Oakland, CA, and rose to be Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of California from 1935 to 1936. He is also a member of Oakland Chapter No. 36 of Royal Arch Masons, Oakland Commandery No.11 of Knights Templar, Past Potentate of Aahmes Shrine Temple in Oakland, a member of St. Phillip Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine, and Oakland Scottish Rite where he served as Wise Master of Rose Croix in 1938, Venerable Master of Lodge of Perfection in 1945, and was coronated an honorary 33° on Dec. 23, 1941.

Serving for 22-years, Potter Stewart often played the role of the swing vote on a divided court. He was born on January 23, 1915, Jackson, MI, to a wealthy and politically powerful family, but was raised in Ohio. He attended Yale University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1937. He then went on to Cambridge to study law, but then returned to Yale Law and graduated cum laude in 1941. After law school, Stewart entered the US Navy Reserves and served on an oil tanker during WWII. After the war, Stewart returned to Ohio and joined a local law firm. He entered into the political arena in 1949 when he was elected to the Cincinnati City Council. In 1954, President Eisenhower appointed Stewart to the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In 1959, President Eisenhower named Stewart as a recess appointment to the US Supreme Court to replace Justice Burton. In 1981, Justice Stewart stepped down to spend more time with his grandchildren while still in good health. He died on December 7, 1985, from a stroke. He was a member of Lafayette Lodge No.81 in Cincinnati, OH, where he received the three degrees on April 17, 1951, May 22, 1951, and Oct. 2, 1951, respectively. He was also a member of Oola Khan Grotto of the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm in Cincinnati.

Thurgood Marshall is best known for arguing before the Supreme Court in Brown v Board of Education and later became the first African-American Justice on the Supreme Court. Thurgood Marshall was born on July 2, 1908, in Baltimore, MD. He gained a love for the justice system as a young boy when his father would take him to watch legal procedures and arguments then question him on the points they made. Due to segregation, Marshall was forced to go to all-black grade schools. He was known for being mischievous and as punishment he was required to read the US Constitution. Marshall attended Lincoln University in Oxford, PA, which was considered the "black counterpart to Princeton". He joined the debate team which helped him realize his passion for becoming a lawyer. He graduated from Lincoln University in 1930 before going to Howard University to study law; he was denied his first choice to University of Maryland Law School due to being black. He graduated from Howard University in 1933 as Valedictorian of his class. He returned to Baltimore where he opened a private practice and turned away none (even those who couldn't pay). In 1935, Marshall was appointed as Assistant Special Counsel for New York for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 1938, he became Special Counsel for the NAACP. He had always been a champion for civil liberties and fought against desegregation, and he got the fight of his life when he argued the case on Brown v Board of Education which resulted in the invalidation of the "separate but equal" doctrine. On October 5, 1961, President Kennedy appointed Marshall as a Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in NYC. President Johnson appointed him as US Solicitor General on August 23, 1965. President Johnson then appointed Marshall as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States on August 30, 1967, and served on the bench until October 1, 1991, when he resigned. He died on January 24, 1993, in Bethesda, MD. He is listed in "10,000 Famous Freemasons" as having been a 33° Scottish Rite Mason as well as a Director and Counselor of the Conference of Prince Hall Grand Masters.

The next installment will take some time as I am still researching what Justices have been or are Masons currently.


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14. Harold Burton. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/harold_burton

15. Hugo L. Black. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/hugo_l_black

16. James F. Byrnes. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/james_f_byrnes

17. John H. Clarke. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/john_h_clarke

18. Joseph R. Lamar. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/joseph_r_lamar

19. Justice William Orville Douglas. (n.d.). Retrieved from Kansas City Scottish Rite: http://www.srkc.org/history/famous/supremes/douglas_william/

20. Mahlon Pitney. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/mahlon_pitney

21. Potter Stewart. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/potter_stewart

22. Robert H. Jackson. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/robert_h_jackson

23. Sherman Minton. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/sherman_minton

24. Stanley Reed. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/stanley_reed

25. Thurgood Marshall. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/thurgood_marshall

26. Tom C. Clark. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/tom_c_clark

27. Wiley B. Rutledge. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/wiley_b_rutledge

28. William H. Moody. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/william_h_moody

29. William Howard Taft. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/william_howard_taft

30. William O. Douglas. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/william_o_douglas

31. Willis Van Devanter. (n.d.). Retrieved from Oyez: https://www.oyez.org/justices/willis_van_devanter

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My 33rd Birthday!

Another year has come and gone. I don't know if I am any more wiser, but this last year has taught me valuable lessons. I am thankful for the Almighty granting me these days on this Earth. I look forward to this next year with a new job and the adventures it will bring. I can't wait for work to be done so I can go have dinner with my family.

Friday, August 25, 2017

RIP Cecil Andrus

The State of Idaho and Idaho Freemasonry lost a good man yesterday. He passed away, just one day shy of his 86th birthday, from complications stemming from his lung cancer. For those not familiar with Cecil Andrus, he was the youngest serving state Senator at the time, the longest serving Governor in Idaho’s history and the 11th longest-serving governor in US history (the first four-term governor), Secretary of Interior for President Carter, and the last Democrat to be Governor in strongly Republican controlled Idaho.

Andrus was born on August 25, 1931, in Hood River, OR, and received a degree in Engineering from Oregon State University. Cecil Andrus served in the United States Navy Reserve from 1951 to 1955. He moved to Orofino, ID, in 1966 and immediately got involved into politics.

At the age of 28, Andrus ran for state Senate to bring about improvements he saw as necessary in the state’s education system. He won that race becoming the youngest serving state Senator in Idaho history. He won re-election in 1962 and 1964.

He ran for Governor in the Democratic primary but lost to Charles Herndon (a Brother Mason). However, Herndon died in a plane crash just 7-weeks before the November election. Andrus was placed on the ballot to take Herndon’s place, but lost to the Republican candidate. He returned to the Senate the next term to, again, represent a district from northern Idaho.

In 1970, he ran again for Governor and won. It is said his won was attributed to his opposition to mining proposals in the White Cloud Mountains. He won re-election in 1974 with over 70% of the vote. In 1977, he resigned as Governor of Idaho to serve as Secretary of Interior for the newly inaugurated President Jimmy Carter. With Andrus as Secretary of Interior, Carter declared permanent national monuments on 56-million acres in Alaska and Andrus ordered protection on 52-million more acres of public land that same year. While criticized, Andrus stuck to his guns on conservationism and wanted to make sure that the Alaskan wilderness would remained unspoiled. His term is also remembered for the Redwoods National Park Expansion Act. Former President Carter spoke today on the passing of his friend:
“Rosalynn and I join thousand across our nation in mourning the passing of Cecil Andrus, a friend from the time we served together as governors. Cece was the only person I considered for the cabinet post of secretary of the interior, and together we made conservation history with the successful passage of the Alaska lands legislation, which doubled the size of the National Parks, established large additions to the National Wildlife Refuge System, designated new wild and scenic rivers and protected for future generations entire ecosystems such as the Gates of the Arctic.

A special memory Rosalynn and I cherish is the float trip with Carol and Cece down the Middle Fork of the Salmon, competing in catching the most trout. Cece loved the outdoors and was a genuine conservationist. Americans are better off because of his service, and I am better because of his friendship.”
After returning to Idaho, it is said that he never spent another night in DC (that political life was not for him) and he ran for Governor. His second stint as Governor was marked by his opposition to federal efforts to store nuclear waste in Idaho. He went so far as to close the border for any shipments of nuclear waste; this stance continued to the present when he and former Governor Phil Batt threatened a lawsuit against the Department of Energy over a proposal to bring another shipment of nuclear waste to Idaho. Concerning the dumping of nuclear waste in Idaho, Andrus stated the following:
"If the decision were left to Idahoans, I don’t believe we would ever permit the state to effectively become a high-level nuclear waste disposal site, but the sad reality is that through neglect and incompetence, the federal government has essentially created just such a site in Idaho. Our children will likely be living with that reality long after many of us are gone."
Despite a controversial veto, he won re-election for the fourth and final time (winning all counties except two). The last term was marked by his lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers in hopes to force them to modify their dams for fish conservation purposes.

Due to his strong stance on conservationism, a wildlife preservation area near Cambridge, ID, was named “Cecil D. Andrus Wildlife Management Area”. In 1995, Andrus founded the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, and in 1998, published his memoir, Politics Western Style. There is also an elementary school in western Boise named after him. Andrus received the Church Award for Public Service in 2014.

Andrus continued to stay active in politics and campaigning for the Idaho Democratic Party, even introducing Barack Obama when he was running for President in 2008. While he was a lifelong Democrat he also took part in many non-partisan endeavors and events. I had the pleasure of meeting this Brother on several occasions. The last time was during the meal at the inauguration of the Idaho Policy Institute last October. He was true to his regular-guy attitude, even when he was governor.

As a Mason, he was initiated as an Entered Apprentice Mason on February 24, 1960, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on September 28, 1960, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on June 14, 1961, in Orofino Lodge No.69. Orofino Lodge consolidated with Kamiah Lodge No.56 in February of 1992. He then affiliated with Idaho Lodge No.1 on May 12, 1993. He served the Grand Lodge AF&AM of Idaho as the 1971-1972 Grand Chaplain. He was awarded Fifty Year Membership in Idaho Lodge No.1 in March of 2011. He was also a member of El Korah Shrine of Shriners International, Boise Chapter No.3 of Royal Arch Masons, Idaho Council No.1 of Cryptic Masons, and Idaho Commandery No.1 of Knights Templar.

While his funeral will be private, there will be a public lying in state ceremony from the 30th and 31st in the rotunda of the Idaho Capitol building. There is also a public memorial service at 2pm at the Jordan Ballroom at the Student Union Building at Boise State University. RIP Brother.


1. Grand Lodge AF&AM of Idaho

2. Barker, R. (2017, August 25). Andrus’ legacy: Idaho’s wild spaces, schools, nuclear cleanup. Retrieved from Idaho Statesman: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article169280227.html#storylink=cpy

3. Carter, J. (2017, August 25). President Carter's statement on Cecil Andrus passing. Retrieved from KIVI TV: http://www.kivitv.com/news/president-carters-statement-on-cecil-andrus-passing

4. Cecil D. Andrus. (n.d.). Retrieved from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_D._Andrus

5. Governor Cecil Dale Andrus. (n.d.). Retrieved from National Governor Association: https://www.nga.org/cms/home/governors/past-governors-bios/page_idaho/col2-content/main-content-list/title_andrus_cecil.html

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The 34th Degree

by Paul V. Marshall, Sr.

Your time on Earth, spent in service.
A shining example of a Man to be.
But, you're now needed in the Heavenly Lodge.
Time has come for your 34th Degree.

Leaving behind the ones you Love.
Are the dues that you must pay.
From afar, you can watch over them.
A part of your obligation this day.

This is the farthest you can go.
The highest point of Masonic Life.
No higher an honor can be sown.
In God's Lodge, you must now stride.

God in the East, King Solomon, the West.
They open the Lodge for you this day.
You go the way as Masons before.
To sit with Pride, and stand with Praise.

The Alter shows the Love you felt.
Brotherhood of Man, One and All.
Your deeds reflect like shining Gold.
The jewel you wear is none too small.

You now stand, before this Alter.
Deserving of the rest you now seek.
No longer to toil the labors of life.
Grand Masters' wages are yours to keep.

Those of us you've left behind.
Will carry on the work for you.
Your dedication will shine for all.
A memorial you leave for all to view.

So, gather your wages, rest for now.
Lay back in the shade of Gods' great tree.
You've earned the honor, now bestowed.