Columbian Lodge A.F. & A.M.

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

John Hoffman Collamore Traveller and Philanthropist

Brother John Hoffman Collamore (November 21, 1816 – November 3, 1896) - was a traveler and philanthropist. Born in the city of Boston, Mass., November 21, 1816. He received his education first at the Old Salem Street Academy, then entered the Chauncey Hall School. He worked in a Boston counting house for several years, but the urge to travel proved too strong, and he went to sea, being one among the first to volunteer to travel to Ireland to provide relief to those suffering from terrible famine. Brother Collamore became from this time forward a great traveler, and for many years devoted his travels over a great part of Europe on foot. At one time he was absent from the United States for eighteen years. After his return from Europe, he next went to South America, and visited many parts of that then little known continent; also visiting the Sandwich Islands, Mexico and the West Indies. Returning to the United States, he next began a series of tours, during which he visited nearly every state and territory in the Union, including Alaska.

At the close of these tours he settled in Boston, and devoted himself to the care and management of his extensive financial interests. He was made a Master Mason in Columbian Lodge, Boston, on January 2nd, 1890, and very quickly became active in Many Masonic organizations, including:; St. Andrew's Royal Arch Chapter, Boston Commandery, Knights Templar, Boston Council, Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of Jerusalem, Mount Olivet Chapter, Rose-Croix, and Massachusetts Consistory.

At the Session of the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States, held at Providence, R. I., in September 1892, Brother Collamore was elected to the Honorary Grade of Sovereign Grand Inspector-General (33°). Brother Collamore was widely esteemed for his great love for and interest in the welfare of the Fraternity; shown by him not only through his personal activity and zeal in the work, but through the many substantial gifts he has made to the several branches of the Order with which he is identified. Among these, worthy of special mention, is the Columbian Lodge burial plot at the Mt. Auburn Cemetary in Cambridge, MA.