Columbian Lodge A.F. & A.M.

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



Genealogist and Masonic medal expert William T.R. Marvin (1832-1913) was born in Boston and died in Brookline, Massachusetts. He graduated from Williams College in 1854 and then earned a masters degree from there in 1857. He went on to work in his father’s printing business in Boston, which then became T.R. Marvin & Son. Marvin joined the Freemasons in 1857 and developed an interest in numismatics, particularly in medals. 

Brother Marvin was initiated into Masonry Oct. 1, 1857, in Columbian Lodge. He received the Master Mason's Degree Jan. 19; 1858. After serving the Lodge as Senior Steward, Senior Deacon, Junior Warden and Senior Warden, he was its Master in 1871 and 1872, and immediately thereafter became District Deputy Grand Master of the First District, which then included all the Lodges meeting in the Temple, for the years 1873 and 1874. In January, 1883, he took up the duties of Secretary, and continued in that office until his death.

In 1880 he published his Medals of the Masonic Fraternity and he also wrote articles on the topic. He published and edited the American Numismatic Society’s American Journal of Numismatics for nearly forty years. He was an active genealogist, serving as a member of the council of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and producing several works on the Marvin family.

(Information collected from http://masonicgenealogy.com & other sources)