Grand Lodge of Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee, Aug. 31, 1870

A Masonic Convention was held this day at 10 o’clock a.m., in Nashville, composed of duly elected representatives from the following lodges, to wit: Rock City Lodge, No. 17, Nashville, Tennessee; East Star Lodge, No. 20, of Nashville, Tennessee; Job Thompson Lodge, No. 33, of Pulaski, Tennessee; all warranted Lodges working under the jurisdiction of the M.W. Grand Lodge for the State of Ohio.

Brother Nelson McGavok was chosen Chairman and Brother R. P. Clark, Secretary.

A Committee on Credentials having been appointed and having reported, a Committee on Resolutions was appointed and the following is their report, which was unanimously adopted:

Whereas, A Masonic Convention, held this day composed of Representatives of Rock City Lodge, No. 17, Nashville; East Star Lodge, No. 20, of Nashville, and Job Thompson Lodge, No. 33, of Pulaski, all duly represented by authority of the herein named Lodges, do hereby order and ordain that a M. W. Grand lodge of Free and Accepted Masons be established by this Convention, after the precedent of 1717, as laid down by England to be styled the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge for the State of Tennessee and Jurisdiction; therefore, be it Resolved, that said Grand Lodge, when established, shall ratify and adopt such By-Laws, etc., for its government as are in accordance with the landmarks of Ancient Freemasonry.

The Convention elected the following Grand Officers:

Nelson McGavok………………………………………………Grand Master

Simeon R. Walker…………………………………Deputy Grand Master

Hiram P. Rhodes…………………………………..Grand Senior Warden

Richard Harris……………………………………….Grand Junior Warden

John J. Cary………………………………………………..…Grand Treasurer

Abraham Smith……………………………………….……Grand Secretary

After which the convention adjourned sine die.

Thus sprang into existence the Grand Lodge of Tennessee.

The Grand Lodge has united and reorganized with other Grand Lodges twice since its formation, viz: in Chattanooga, June, 1882 and in the same city June 1893.

The following is a list of Grand Lodges of our affiliation and year of organization.

Massachusetts………….1791 22. Georgia………………..1870
Pennsylvania…………….1815 23. Tennessee…………...1870
New York………………….1845 24. South Carolina…..…1872
Maryland………………….1845 25. Arkansas…………..….1873
District of Columbia….1848 26. Connecticut………….1873
New Jersey……………....1848 27. Mississippi……………1875
Delaware………………….1848 28. Virginia…………………1875
Ohio………………………… 1849 29. Texas…………………...1875
Indiana……………………..1855 30. Kansas………………....1875
10. California………………….1855 31. Colorado……………...1876

11. Ontario…………………….1856 32. West Virginia……..…1877

12. Rhode Island…………….1858 33. Iowa…………………..…1887

13. Louisiana………………….1863 34. Oklahoma…………....1892

14. Michigan…………………..1865 35. Minnesota……….…..1894

15. Missouri……………………1865 36. Washington………….1903

16. Kentucky………………….1866 37. Nebraska………………1919

17. Liberia……………………..1867 38. Arizona…………………1919

18. Illinois……………………..1867 39. New Mexico……….…1921

19. North Carolina…………1870 40. Wisconsin………….….1925

20. Alabama………………….1870 41. Bahamas…………….…1950

21. Florida…………………….1870 42. Oregon………………....1960