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THOMAS POWER 1786-1868

Junior Grand Steward 1817
Grand Secretary 1820-1833
Junior Grand Warden 1844



From Proceedings, 1868, Page VII-258:

"The Grand Lodge has again been called to mourn the loss of one who for many years has served the craft in various positions of honor and responsibility. R. W. Br. Thomas Power has departed this life and gone the way of all the living upon the earth. For years Grand Secretary, and after service in this important station, Senior Grand Warden, his memory should not be forgotten, although to the present generation his face was not familiar.

"Our lamented brother found time amid the calls of a jealous profession to cultivate the virtues of Masonry in all its departments. He contributed to the fraternity his Melodies, which have introduced his name to almost every Lodge in the United States. Kind, charitable, genial, and glowing with the purest sentiment, we inscribe upon the record this tribute to his memory,"

From Proceedings, Page 1896-162, Dr. Ward's Historical Address at the Centennial of Harmony Lodge:

Thomas Power was born in Boston, Oct. 8, 1786; graduated from Brown University in 1808; came to Northfield in 1812; founded the Northfield Social Library in 1813, which in 1878 became the Northfield public library. Our street is largely indebted to him for its beautiful shadetrees, many of which lie set out himself in 1815. He studied law with Judge Charles Jackson, and was admitted to the Suffolk Bar in 1811. He returned to Boston in 1815; served for seven years on the School Committee; in 1822, when Boston became a city, he was .appointed Clerk of the Police Court, a position which he held for about thirty-five years, until obliged to relinquish it on account of ill health. He delivered the oration before the city authorities on the fourth of July, 1840. He served as Recording Grand Secretary from 1820 to 1833 inclusive, and as Junior Grand Warden in 1844. He delivered an oration before Monitor Lodge, of Waltham, June 25, 1821, which was printed; published a poem entitled Secrecy" in 1832, and a volume of "Masonic Melodies" in 1844.

He was an accomplished musician, one of the earliest members of the Handel and Haydn Society, of Boston, musical critic of the Boston Atlas for many years. " A shrewd lawyer and remarkable skater." He removed to South Framingham in 1860, where he died Sept. 9, 1868. He was buried in Duxbury, Mass.

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXVII, No. 12, October 1868, Page 377:

Thomas Power, well known to our citizens, died in Framingham, on Wednesday, at the age of nearly 82 years. He was born in Hanover Street, Boston, October 8, 1786, and graduated at Brown University in 1808. He studied law under the guidance of Judge Jackson, and in 1811 opened an office at Northfield, where he practised law l'or a few years and then returned to Boston. In 1822 he was appointed Clerk of the Police Court, a position which he held for about thirty years, till obliged to relinquish it on account of ill health. He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity, and received its official honors for his fidelity to the principles of the Institution. He was the Commander of Boston Encampment-of Knights Templars, and at the time of his death the senior of the Past Junior Grand Wardens of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Mr. Power was also a member, and one of the oldest, of the Handel and Haydn Society, in which for many years he took an active interest. He delivered the oration before the city authorities on the Fourth of July, 1840, and his masonic oration at Waltham was regarded as an able production. Mr. Power was a pleasing and industrious writer of prose and verse. For many years he was musical critic of the Boston Atlas and was also an acceptable contributor to several other journals. Throughout his long life he was a public-spirited, useful, and honored citizen. Of late years the deceased has resided in Framingham.


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