On this fifteenth day of December in 1782, under a Provincial Grand Warrant dated September 5, 1781, from the Grand Lodge Of England, Freemasons organized The Grand Lodge of New York. It wasn’t until June 6, 1787, that the Grand Lodge declared its independence and assumed the title “Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Mason of the State of New York“. The newly established Grand Lodge elected Reverend William Walter as the first Grand Master serving from 1782 until 1784. For the next sixteen years, Robert R. Livingston served as Grand Master.
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