WILLIAM GRAY 1797-1871
Grand Master 1860
From History of Freemasonry in Rhode Island, 1895, Page 321:
This active member of the Masonic Fraternity, who exercised much of influence in his own Lodge and in the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island, died at his residence in Newport, R. I., May 4, 1871, aged 74 years.
The present writer has been unable to obtain desired information in regard to this earnest Craftsman ; but enough is known to justify the statement that he was a man of amiable disposition and well esteemed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
He received the Third degree in Freemasonry in St. John's Lodge, No. 1, Newport, R. I., June 9, 1824. In Anti-Masonic times, which soon followed, this Lodge, like most of the Masonic organizations, did no work, and its meetings were held but infrequently. Among the energetic Craftsmen who helped to revive the Institution in Newport was the brother to whom attention is herewith directed. He was zealous and helpful in the work of re-establishment. He was called to fill various offices in St. John's Lodge, of which he was Worshipful Master during the years 1846 and 1847. He was Senior Grand Warden in the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island in 1851 and 1852, Deputy Grand Master in 1853 and 1854, and Grand Master in 1860.
The arrangements for his funeral precluded the convening of Grand Lodge on the occasion; but funeral honors were paid by his own Lodge, and the usual Masonic burial service was rendered at his grave.