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Philip Crosby Tucker

Birthplace: Vergennes, Addison County, Vermont, United States
Death: July 09, 1894 (68)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Philip Crosby Tucker and Mary Catherine Millens Tucker
Husband of Isabella Tamer Tucker; Maria Louise Tucker and Mary Cecilia Tucker
Father of Baldwin Tucker; Philip Tucker; Mary Cecilia Tucker; Anna Labadie Tucker; Antoinette S Tucker and 1 other

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About Philip Crosby Tucker

TUCKER, PHILIP CROSBY, JR. (1826–1894). Philip Crosby Tucker, Jr., pioneer Mason, son of Philip Crosby and Mary C. M. (McCloskey) Tucker, was born at Vergennes, Addison County, Vermont, on February 14, 1826. He completed the course of study offered in the public schools in Vergennes, began to read law in his father's office, and started his Vermont law practice under the guidance of his father. This arrangement continued without great financial success, but it did provide him with training and experience for his later professional life in Texas. Tucker left Vermont on October 31, 1852, for Texas, arrived at Galveston the following November, and opened his Texas law practice. In 1858 he purchased the home of Samuel May Williams, which he occupied for the remainder of his life. In his will Tucker provided that Tucker Masonic Lodge No. 297 should inherit the property after a life tenancy for his family. The lodge sold the property, and later it was converted into a museum by the Galveston Historical Society. Tucker had served as president of that society from 1885 to 1894. During the Civil War Tucker joined the Confederate Army in the defense of Galveston; he was a major assigned to the staff of Gen. John Bankhead Magruder. On February 8, 1867, he introduced the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry into Texas by beginning the communication of the degrees of that rite to a class of eight Galveston Masons. By 1966 the rite had grown to 61,750 members. Tucker was a prominent member of the Galveston Horticulture Society and experimented on the ten acres around his home. He introduced the magnolia fig to Texas. His first wife, a widow by the name of Harrison, died shortly after the marriage. Tucker then married Maria L. Bryan on June 23, 1859. They had five children. After her death Tucker married Isabella T. Baldwin on March 13, 1881; they had one son. Tucker died in the House of the Temple at Washington, D.C., on July 9, 1894. His body was returned to Galveston and interred in the Episcopal Cemetery.

PHILIP CROSBY TUCKER, 33°, Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Texas, was born in Vergennes, Vermont, February 14th, 1826. He was a lawyer by profession, he was a Past Master of Dorchester Lodge Vermont in 1847. He was T. I. M. of Vergennes Council, Royal and Select Master, Past District Deputy Grand Master, Past Grand Secretary of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Vermont and was made a Knight Templar in Burlington Commandery.

He came to Galveston, Texas, in November 1852, and affiliated, with Harmony Lodge No. 6, and was Worshipful Master of it for six years and declined a re-election December, 1867. He was also a member of Tucker Lodge No. 297; Past High Priest of San Felipe de Austin Chapter No. 1, R. A. M. ; was Eminent Commander of San Felipe de Austin Commandery, Knights Templar, for fourteen years; Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas in 1869; Grand High Priest of Grand Royal Arch Chapter in Texas in 1864 and 1865, and Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar in Texas in 1864, and was the Representative of several other Grand Bodies to those near Texas.

He received the degrees of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite from 4° to 32° inclusive at New Orleans, Louisiana, February 5th, 1867, at the hands of Brother James C. Batchelor, 33°, Inspector General; Samuel M. Todd, 83°, Inspector General, assisted by Bro. H. R. Swasey, 32°, by virtue of a dispensation to that effect issued by Albert Pike, 33°, dated the 22nd day of July, 1866.

He was commissioned as Deputy Inspector General of the Supreme Council with ample powers for the State of Texas, by the Venerable Grand Commander, February 13th, 1867. Elected a 33° at Charleston, South Carolina, in May 1868; crowned an active member September, 1868, at Saint Louis, Missouri; appointed Second Grand Equerry of the Supreme Council May 6th, 1874; appointed Grand Prior ad interim February 5th, 1883; elected Grand Prior October 22nd, 1884; elected Lieutenant Grand Commander October 17th, 1892; elected Grand Commander, October 18th, 1893. He was also commissioned as representative and guarantor of amity from the Supreme Council of Mexico to this Supreme Council on the 27th of January, 1882, which position he held until 1891, when he resigned.

Brother Tucker died in the house of the Temple, Washington, D. C, on the 9th day of July, 1894. He was the last survivor of the noble band who organized the Grand Chapter in Vermont. He was buried with Masonic honors in Galveston, Texas, Sunday morning, July 15th.

During the Civil War he was in the Confederate service doing duty as a volunteer aid on General McGruder's staff, with the rank of Major, and not only rendered valuable aid to the cause by his intimate knowledge of the surrounding country, but was able to give Masonic relief and assistance to those taken prisoners. He was an active member of the Howard Association during the yellow fever epidemics that visited Galveston, night and day for long months, in each epidemic he never suffering was done by him and his associates.

Everywhere at all times, under all circumstances, he performed faithfully, punctually and thoroughly every duty, civil and Masonic, imposed upon him by the nature of his office, pure of heart, of perfect integrity and most worthy of the grand old name of "Gentleman"; immeasurable, generous, kind, affectionate and tender-hearted, a fast, firm, friend, genially hearty and good humored, he was one to win esteem and honor, firm friendship and warm affection.

The superior lustre of his name will out-shine the flashes of their resentment, and reflect a glory upon Masonry which can never fade.

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Philip Crosby Tucker's Timeline

February 14, 1826
Vergennes, Addison County, Vermont, United States
Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, United States
November 6, 1865
November 9, 1867
February 22, 1871
Texas, United States
September 1, 1887
July 9, 1894
Age 68
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States