Columbian Lodge A.F. & A.M.

Located in Boston, MA - Instituted in 1795 by Paul Revere.

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Edward T. Taylor (December 25, 1793- April 6, 1871) - was a Methodist missionary and noted orator who was known as "Father Taylor." Born in Richmond, VA., he was orphaned as a young child, and trained as a sailor by a sea captain who took him under his wing when he was seven years old. He spent his early life at sea. In 1819 he became a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church. He served as chaplain on the frigate Macedonian, which took supplies to the famishing Irish in 1827, and he delivered addresses in Cork and Glasgow.

"He mingled nautical terms and figures in his discourses, and by his wit, pathos, and imagination, controlled the moods and wrought upon the feelings of his hearers in a remarkable degree." - William R. Denslow

He became a Master Mason in Cornerstone Lodge of Duxbury, Mass., March 6, 1820. Later affiliated with Columbian Lodge and served as the lodge Chaplain (as well as Grand Lodge Chaplain) "Bless this glorious Order; bless its friends; yes, bless its enemies, and make their hearts as soft as their heads." - Edward T. Taylor (spoken during an opening prayer of Columbian Lodge during the anti-Masonic period)