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Historic District - North in Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

William Stephens

First Grand Master, Grand Lodge Of Georgia, F &AM

 
 
William Stephens Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
1. William Stephens Marker
Inscription.  Born January 1752 at Beaulieu (Bulie) near Savannah of distinguished English ancestry, William Stephens was an eminent lawyer and jurist during and after the War For Independence.

Georgia’s first Attorney-General he was also Chief Justice of Georgia, Mayor of Savannah and held other important posts of honor. In 1802, President Thomas Jefferson appointed him United States District Court Judge which position he held with distinction until just prior to his death on 6 August 1819.

A dedicated Freemason he was Worshipful Master of Solomon’s Lodge at Savannah prior to 1783. In 1791 he was Worshipful Master of another Savannah Lodge, Union No. 10 (Extinct).

When the Grand Lodge of Georgia, F. & A.M., was organized at Savannah on 16 December 1786 as the Independent and Sovereign Masonic Power in Georgia, William Stephens was elected Grand Master and he served through 1788. In 1793 he was re-elected Grand Master and served continuously through 1813, a record of longevity in that exalted Masonic office never since equaled.

The honored remains of Grand Master Stephens rest in the Colonial Cemetery of Savannah. His Masonic
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posterity, the nearly 100,000 Freemasons of Georgia, will ever cherish his memory.
 
Erected 1970 by Education & Historical Commission Of The Grand Lodge Of Georgia, F. & A.M.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsGovernment & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1752.
 
Location. 32° 4.554′ N, 81° 5.412′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in the Historic District - North. Marker can be reached from East Oglethorpe Avenue. Marker located in Colonial Park (Cemetery). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788) (a few steps from this marker); Colonial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Habersham (1751-1815) (within shouting distance of this marker); James Habersham (within shouting distance of this marker); Major John Berrien (within shouting distance of this marker); Conrad Aiken (within shouting distance of this marker); Hugh McCall (1767-1823)
William Stephens Marker, in Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. William Stephens Marker, in Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah
(within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Clay, Patriot (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Marker for Colonial Park (Cemetery)
 
Also see . . .  The History of Freemasonry. (Submitted on February 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
William Stephens Marker (r) shares location with Gen. Samuel Elbert Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, November 23, 2008
3. William Stephens Marker (r) shares location with Gen. Samuel Elbert Marker
Marker located in Colonial Park Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
4. Marker located in Colonial Park Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,690 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on December 1, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on February 16, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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