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Henry Pelham Holmes Bromwell

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
Death: January 09, 1903 (79)
Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States
Place of Burial: Riverside Cemetery Denver Denver County Colorado
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Broughton Bromwell and Henrietta Bromwell
Husband of Elizabeth Emily Bromwell
Father of Henrietta Elizabeth Bromwell and Henry Pelham Payne Bromwell,
Brother of Freeman Bromwell; Laura Bromwell and Henrietta Bromwell

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About Henry P. H. Bromwell, US Congress


Henry Pelham Holmes Bromwell (August 26, 1823 – January 9, 1903) was an American lawyer, politician from Illinois, and prominent Freemason. He was a lawyer and judge who served as a U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1865–1869 and continued to practice law when he moved to Colorado in 1870 where he was appointed to compile the state's statutes. Bromwell was initiated into freemasonry in 1854, and he became the Grand Master of Illinois in 1864. When he moved to Colorado he became that state's first Honorary Grand Master. He developed the Free, and Accepted Architects, a new rite for Freemasonry which sought to teach its initiates the lost work of the craft embodied in Bromwell's Geometrical system. After his death, the Grand Lodge of Colorado published his work on the esoteric nature of Sacred geometry in the book Restorations of Masonic Geometry and Symbolry.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Bromwell moved with his parents to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1824, and thence to Cumberland County, Illinois, in 1836.[4] He attended private schools in Ohio and Illinois, including Marshall Academy (Marshall, Illinois), becoming an instructor in that academy in 1844. In 1867 he obtained an honorary degree of Master of Arts from McKendree College for his wide reputation for scholarship.[5]

On June 20, 1858, Bromwell married Emily E. Payne.[6] They had three children together, Emma M. Bromwell (1864–1865), Henry Pelham Payne Bromwell (1862–1881), and Henrietta Elizabeth Bromwell (1859–1946).[7] Emma passed away around the same time as his wife in February 1865.[3] Henry Jr. caught typhoid fever and died in Denver at the age of nineteen; he was studying law at the time.[6]

After twenty years fighting sickness,[8][9] Bromwell died in Denver, Colorado, January 9, 1903. He was interred in Riverside Cemetery.

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August 26, 1823
Baltimore, Maryland
Age 35
Age 38
January 9, 1903
Age 79
Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States
Riverside Cemetery Denver Denver County Colorado