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JAMES L. SHERMAN 1842-1913


Junior Grand Warden, 1911


From Proceedings, Page 1913-83:

JAMES LEONARD SIHERMAN, son of Abner and Abbie IV. (Durfee) Sherman, was born in New Bedford, Mass., Feb. 11, 1842, and died in that city May 6, 1913.

Brother Sherman was educated in the public schools of New Bedford, and upon his graduation from the high school in 1863, he held a position as clerk in a mercantile firm for a few years. In 1877 he went into the retail lumber business for himself, having his office on Water Street, and his yards were on the Wilcox & Richmond Wharf. He continued in this business for more than thirty-five years. The rapid growth of New Bedford during this time, gave Brother Sherman a large and favorable market. He attended strictly to his business and reaped a rich reward. Brother Sherman received the Masonic Degrees in Eureka Lodge in the latter part of 1867. He began his official labor in that Lodge in 1868, and it was continued constantly until 1873, 1874, and 1875, when he served as Master of the Lodge. He was District Deputy Grand Master of the Twenty-sixth Masonic District in 1897 and 1898, and was Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge in 1911.

He received the Capitular Degrees in Adoniram Royal Arch Chapter in 1868, and after serving in subordinate places, was M.E. High Priest in 1877, 1878, and 1879, and District Deputy Grand High Priest in 1905 and 1906. He was Treasurer of the Chapter twenty-five years, declining a re-election in 1906. April 18, 1893, he received the Cryptic Degrees in New Bedford Council of Royal and Select Masters and became a zealous member. In 1868 he was given the orders of Knighthood in Sutton Commandery, K.T., of New Bedford, and was its Eminent Commander in 1884 and 1885.

Of his immediate relatives a daughter, Mrs. Dodge, of New Bedford, and a brother, William B. Sherman, of Providence, R. I., survive him. His wife, Caroline (Cook) Sherman, died about two years ago.

Brother Sherman was of a quiet, retiring disposition, pleasing in manner and charitable in his opinions. His business received his daily care,. but he gave studious thought and Ioyal service to the interests of Freemasonry in New Bedford. Without ostentation, personal ends in view, he worked for the peace and prosperity of the Craft. He was wise in counsel, zealous in Masonic labor, and highly respected in the community where his life was spent.

One by one our strong men fall. The implements of their toil drop from their strengthless hands. W'e sorrow that they have left us, but we will honor their memory by gathering up the fallen tools; moving up into line, and trying to do well and faithfully the work as yet undone.

Oliver A. Roberts,
Charles S. Coombs,
Peleg H. Sherman,

Distinguished Brothers