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SETH PECK 1770-1856

Grand Master 1845-1846


From History of Freemasonry in Rhode Island, 1895, Page 306:

The brother whose name appears in the above heading was born in Swansea, Mass., June 13, 1770, and died in Warren, R. I., August 20, 1856. He was the son of Peleg and Phoebe (Mason) Peck, being the tenth child, and having eighteen brothers and sisters. He was descended in the sixth generation from Joseph Peck, who settled in Hingham, Mass., in 1638. Seth Peck came to Warren in early life, and became identified with its interests in almost every important relation. He had a relish for military and public affairs. He held a Colonel's commission in the State militia. He was President of the Town Council for a number of years. He filled many offices of public trust and responsibility, and always to the acceptance of his fellow citizens. He was extremely popular among all classes of people. He was three times married.

Col. Peck was a staunch Mason. He contributed freely of his time and his means in support of the Masonic Institution. He was a member of Washington Lodge, Warren, having been initiated into that body June 7, 1798 — raised Nov. 22, 1798.

He was elected Wor. Master of the Lodge, December 25, 1806, and was re-elected year after year until 1820. He was a charter member of Temple Chapter over which he presided from 1814 to 1823. He was also a Knight Templar. In the Grand Lodge he was Deputy Grand Master under Moses Richardson, in 1844, whom he succeeded in the highest office the year next following. He served in the office of Grand Master two years. The Grand Lodge attended his funeral at Warren, August 22, 1856, the emergent communication being presided over by Grand Master Oliver Johnson. Rev. Geo. M. Randall, Past Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, and formerly of Warren, conducted the services held in the Episcopal Church and eulogized the deceased for his Christian character and his exemplary and useful life ; also for his fidelity to the Masonic organization with which he had been connected for more than fifty years.

Rhode Island People