Districts1867-82

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Grand Master Charles C. Dame established 16 Masonic Districts in Massachusetts; beginning with the 1870 Proceedings, returns from each lodge in each district were published annually, providing information on the district organization. In addition, Chile, China and Peru (from 1867-1869) had their own extraterritorial districts. Based on dispensations and charters, the district alignments and lodge lists begin on the pages from 1867 onward.

1870-71 REORGANIZATION

In 1870, seven lodges were relocated to other districts. Due to the large number of dispensations issued in 1870 and 1871 (18 in total), Grand Master Nickerson added a Woburn 17th District to help reorganize and balance the existing districts. Four other lodges were also relocated as a result of this new organization.

1873 ADDITION OF DISTRICT 18

In 1873, Grand Master Nickerson added a Palmer 18th District to reduce the number of lodges in central Massachusetts districts.

1878 REORGANIZATION

Grand Master Welch added a 19th district in 1878, composed of lodges from the 13th and 16th Districts, along with relocating a half-dozen other lodges. The 19th District was for Taunton, and the 13th District was relabeled as Dedham.

DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS, 1867 through 1882


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