Solomon's Lodge #1, F. & A. M.
Established 1734; The Oldest Continuously Operating English Constituted Lodge Of Freemasons In The Western Hemisphere

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For nearly 300 years the influences of the institution of Freemasonry in Georgia have shaped the destiny of this State and Nation.

The British Colony of Georgia was the first Colony that Masonic Charity ever founded for the poor, the distressed and the persecuted. He who founded Georgia, James Edward Oglethorpe, instituted the first Masonic Lodge within its borders.

That FIRST LODGE is now known as Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. at Savannah the Mother Lodge of Georgia Masonry. Her Masonic Brethren have been among the most illustrious of Georgia's sons.

Her symbols like a rainbow of mercy have betokened the covenant of peace even amidst the rudest scenes of war and the foeman and the freeman have met under her arch in security and separated friends and brothers.



Founding the Lodge 1700's
Freemasonry has existed in this State and still exists as a timeless "Modern" establishment since the year 1733/4, and is coeval with the settlement of the British Colony of Georgia. The first Masonic Lodge instituted in Georgia, now know as Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. at Savannah (the Lodge having received the name "Solomon's Lodge" sometime prior to 1771), was established on February 21, 1734 and was entered upon the official engraved lists of the Premier Grand Lodge of England as Lodge "No. 139 Savannah in Ye Province of Georgia" and was constituted in 1735. Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. at Savannah, Georgia is the "Oldest Continiously Operating English Constituted Lodge of Freemasons in the Western Hemisphere."

On February 21, 1734 a small band of British-Georgia Freemasons gathered in the mystic tie beneath the extensive branches of a magnificent oak-tree, then flourishing on the sea-coast bluff, in the area now known as Sunbury, Liberty County, Georgia. For centuries, Masonic history has recalled that it was there beneath the "Sunbury Oak" that the gentle and kind founder of Georgia, Brother James Edward Oglethorpe (1696-1785) instituted the first Lodge of Freemasons in this State. Fired by their zeal for the institution, those early brethren gathered despite the freezing winds that blew then and blow now over the bluffs of Sunbury in winter. From that small gathering of Masons at the first meeting 275 years ago, come the 47,000 Freemasons laboring in Georgia today.



A Country Divided 1800's
The Cotton Exchange, established first in 1872 did not erect a permanent home until 1886. The Old Savannah Cotton Exchange was designed by the Boston architect William Gibbons Preston (1844-1910) and completed in 1886. The building is designed in Romanesque revival and architectural style. During the 19th century leading architects such as the Bostonian Richardson and Frank Furness of Philadelphia were encouraging the Romanesque revival of the era and may have had some influence on Preston. The Savannah Cotton Exchange is one of only a few great structures in America that is erected over a public street. The great doors of the exchange lead onto "Factors Walk" now fondly referred to as "Freemasons Walk" by visitors. This notable hanging walk is where many leaders in Savannah's commerce once worked. Preston's terracotta architectural design was selected winner from a competition against eleven architects.

Throughout the 1880s, Savannah was ranked among the top merchant trading ports on the Atlantic coast. Savannah as a port city for many years was referred to as the Venice of the South and in its most prosperous epoch oversaw the transport and trade of over two million bales of cotton each year. The structure was completed in 1887 and as of 2009 there are no surviving original Factors. The structure housed the Savannah Chamber of Commerce for a brief time. The former Cotton Exchange is now home to Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. Solomon's Lodge is the Mother Lodge of Georgia Masonry and is the Oldest Continuously Operating English Constituted Lodge of Freemasons in the Western Hemisphere.


1900's
On the 200th Anniversary of the founding of Solomon's Lodge held on February 21, 1934, Bro. Lafayette McLaws P. M., of Solomon's Lodge spoke of the progress her sons have made in human history when he stated that "We celebrate the birth of Georgia's oldest institution, the 200th Anniversary of Solomon's Lodge. Age itself does not call for veneration, antiquity alone does not merit adoration, the passage of time is not the test of fame; a million years does not give glory to a worthless cause, nor sanctify an unholy name. It is the use of time, the purpose of the origin, the beauty woven in the design, the service written in the plan that builds monuments and creates hallowed shrines. I revere Solomon's not for its age, but for its progress, for the service that it has rendered mankind, for its uplifting influence in the political upheavals; for two centuries of activity in the interest of free thought, free speech and free conscience; for the continuity of its opposition to mental tyranny; its championship of human liberty. I commemorate the founding of Solomon's Lodge because it gave to the new Colony of Georgia, the institution of Masonry."

Modern Masonry 2000's
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Lodge Leadership
James E. Oglethorpe
1734-1743
Robert W. Pooler
1837
Donald A. Spann
1924
Rolla S. Willhoit
1974
Noble Jones
1743-1758
John Hunter
1838
William Gilbert, Jr.
1925
Robert Earl Rogers
1975
Benjamin Sheftall
1758-1764
Elisha Hager
1842
Fred A. Moore
1926
Gerald L. Storey
1976
Samuell Elbert
1764
Richard T. Turner
1844
Lafayette McLaws
1927
James C. Price
1977
William Stephens
1760s
George W. Adams
1848
John Carl Peters
1928
Thomas B. Williams
1978
William Spencer
1760s
Richard T. Turner
1849
James W. Tarver
1929
Morris Broussard
1979
William Young
1771
Easton Younge
1852
Richard Mayer, Jr.
1930
Julius K. Moody
1980
Mordecai Sheftall
1791-1782
Richard T. Turner
1853
Rhanston Stillwell
1931
Talmadge Hunter
1981
James Jackson
1783-1784
Amos E. Webster
1859
John W. Blake
1932
Robert R. Johnson
1982
George Houstoun
1785
George W. Adams
1860
Lewis G. Bailey
1933
John B. Dyches III
1983
James Jackson
1786
Samuel B. Palmer
1861
I. C. Helmly Jr.
1934
Ronald S. Weiner
1984
Samuel Beecroft
1787
Richard T. Turner
1863
Victor Limehouse
1935
Marshall L. Land
1985
Leonard Cecil
1788
John Nicolson
1867
Herman F. Gothe
1936
Nathan E. Wolfe
1986
Samuel Stirk
1789
Samuel Hamilton
1871
Walter H. Saffold
1937
George J. Monroe
1987
Leonard Cecil
1790
John Oliver
1874
Charles R. Peterson
1938
James E. Edenfield
1988
James Box Young
1791
J. H. Estill
1875
Roy L. Gordon
1939
William Overstreet
1989
James Clark
1793
Samuel Hamilton
1876
Frank M. McGee
1940
Steven J. Myhre
1990
George Faries
1794
E. L. Hackett
1878
Harry M. Carter
1941
John Alan Smith
1991
James Box Young
1795
J. H Estill
1880
James Holland
1942
Stacey L. Shuman
1992
John Love
1796
J. R. Saussy
1882
George F. Blake
1943
Melvin F. Levangie, Jr.
1993
Alex Candlish
1797
William B. Spann
1889
Carl W. Lowe
1944
Marcel N. Dunant
1994
Thomas Palmer
1798
Fred W. Clarke
1892
N. L. Richardson
1945
George C. Meador
1995
James Simpson
1799
Robert L. Colding
1894
Marion M. Porter
1946
Malcolm Moseley III
1996
W. Hobkirk
1800
Charles Borderley
1896
Edward R. Howard
1947
Michael J. Spivey
1997
James Prescott
1802
George B. Clarke
1897
Asben A. McCurry
1948
Richard E. Willis
1998
W. Hobkirk
1803
Charles F. Fulton
1898
Tom S. Daniel
1949
Clyde E. Griffin
1999
Joseph Welcher
1803
John W. Parker
1900
Edward Limehouse
1950
Richard E. Douberly
2000
S. Morse
1804
H. Wiley Johnson
1901
Henry Jenkins, Jr.
1951
Michael J. Spivey
2001
Robert Allen
1805
Ullrich McLaws
1902
Henry Woeltjen
1952
Robert Shig Porter
2002
D. D. Williams
1805
William Denhardt
1903
Carson Justice
1953
Roy A. Derhammer
2003
William Robertson
1806
James Furse
1904
Edwin McWhorter
1954
Ronald S. Weiner
2004
Stephen B. Clark
1807
Alfred F. King
1905
William E. Sickel
1955
Scott A. Eisenhart
2005
Thomas Stewart
1808
Ralph R. Byrnes
1906
Anton F. Solms, Jr.
1956
Robert Shig Porter
2006
John F. Everett
1809
H. Sanford Haupt
1907
John R. Durham
1957
Robert Shig Porter II
2007
Charles Pope
1810
Francis B. Torlay
1908
Clarence R. LeCroy
1958
Robert R. Johnson
2008
William Lloyd
1811
George R. White
1909
Robert F. Lovett
1959
Ronald S. Weiner
2009
John J. Evans
1812
Robert B. Hubert
1910
Carl J. Woeltjen
1960
Patrick S. Miller
2010
R. M. Dimon
1813
Thomas M. Hoynes
1911
Robert H. Estill
1961
Robert Shig Porter, II
2011
Jonathan Brant
1814
William B. Spann
1912
Eugene G. Clarke
1962
Jeffrey E. Smith
2012
Samuel Griggs
1815
John J. Cornell
1913
Joseph R. Jones
1963
James B. Soden
2013
William Platt
1816
Elliot W. Parish
1914
Harold G. Preble
1964
William R. Overstreet
2014
F. S. Fell
1817
Isaac S. Ferguson
1915
Clyde H. Boheler
1965
Gary C. Hart II
2015
T. N. Morel
1818
Harry Oppenheimer
1916
Henry L. Jordan, Jr.
1966
Jeremy A. Norton
2016
John G. Holcombe
1819
John G. Kennedy
1917
George E. Little
1967
Jacob De La Motta
1820
George W. Johnson
1918
David R. Elmore
1968
A. J. De Lyon
1821
Fred R. Howard
1919
Louis H. Hoegsted
1969
J. B. Mills
1822
Richard M. Lester
1920
Cyrus S. Wood
1970
B. N. Douglass
1823
Donald I. Nevill
1921
Charlton E. Clark
1971
Robert W. Pooler
1825
John C. Helmken
1922
D. Boyd Yarley, Jr.
1972
Alexander J. Platt
1836
William B. Clarke
1923
Robert Shig Porter
1973



1734 - 2016