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Thomas Hubbard Caswell

Birthplace: Otsego County, New York, United States
Death: November 13, 1900 (77)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Levi Caswell and Asenath Caswell
Husband of Mary Cook Caswell
Father of Thomas Hubbard Caswell; Gertrude Stuart; Earl Caswell; Robert Lee Caswell; Marion Francis Caswell and 2 others

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About Thomas Hubbard Caswell

THOMAS H. CAS WELL, HIGHEST MASON IN THE WORLD, PASSES TO REST Sueeumbs to Illness, of Many Months' Duration, Leaving Vaeant the Greatest Office in the Order. ":.v . •¦ -i f ¦ ¦ HOMAS HUBBARD CASWELL. | the head of the Masonic I order of the world, died yester1 day morning at the ripe age of 76, of an Internal complaint, at his home, 2642 Howard street, after an illness of ten months, in which the flame of life brightened at times, only to di«» out at last despite all the hopes his medical attendants had of pulling him through. The dead man was a pioneer in this State, having come here in 1S49 from Exeter. Otsego County. New York. He was initiated apprentice Mason on December 10, 1S50, in the Lafayette Lodge, Nevada City. In October, 1S85, he was elected grand commander of the Mother Supreme Council of the world, this making him the highest Mason in the world and holder of one of the three golden keys which open the Ark of the Covenant. He held the key for the Southern Judiciary, and now that death has come the Ark must be sealed until his successor is elected, which will not be until the consistory of the Thirty-third Degree Masons meet, which will be subject to the call of Deputy Commander Rlehardson. The headquarters are at Washington, D. C, and it is there that the Supreme Consistory will probably meet. He leaves a wife and four children. The eldest son. Marlon. Is connected with the Southern Pacific Rajlroad. Thams Hubbard Caswell came to California when conditions were vastly different from what thoy are to-dny. He came here equipped with a good knowledge of the law gained in St. Mary's College. Bardstown, Kentucky, from which he had graduated with high honors. In California however, he found under the lawless conditions then existent but little occupa- tion for a pleader, and consequently followed the example of almost every one in the State, and took up claims in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains above Nevada City. Mr. Caswell's Masonic career is one of singular Interest. In 1855, five years alter he entered the order, he is found exalted to the sublime degree of Royal Arch Mason in Nevada Chapter, R. A. M. U. D., now No. 6 at Nevada City. Two years later he was elected deputy grand high priest, from which he became in 1866 grand lecturer, an office which he held until 1S97. He was created a Companion of the Red Cross and Knights Templar on April 11, 1885, In the Sacramento Commandery No. 2. He received the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry from the fourth to the thirtysecond in October. 1S67. by communication from Kbenezer H. Shaw, thirty-third degree active inspector general of the State of California. He was elected an active member of the Supreme Council. September, 1868. and was crowned at Baltimore in May. 1R70. He was elected ¦ grand mareschal of ceremonies in 1S78 to 18S4, inclusive; grand minister of state, 1SS4 to 1W5T, Inclusive; grand chancellor. 1SSS, 1889, 1850. 1S92; grand prior. 1S93; lieutenant grand commander. 1S!M. and grand commander of the Mother Supreme Council of the World in October. 1895. He was elected an honorary member of the Masonic Veteran Association of the Pacific Coast. June 24. 1S79, for his eminent services rendered to Freemasonry. The funeral will be the most splendid ever held for a Mason, and delegates from all over the State ore expected to be present. Frank W. Pierce, his life-long friend and la member of the Supreme Council, came down from Blue Lakes on receipt oi the sad news and will consult with the other members of the consistory in tha arrangements for the final service. THOMAS HUBBARD CASWELL, THAN WHOM NO MASON IN THE WORLD WIELDED GREATER POWER. AND WHO ANSWERED DEATH'S SUMMONS AFTER MANY MONTHS" ILLNESS. »

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Thomas Hubbard Caswell's Timeline

August 10, 1823
Otsego County, New York, United States
December 5, 1854
Nevada City, Nevada County, California, United States
July 8, 1856
Nevada City, Nevada County, California, United States
December 25, 1859
Nevada City, Nevada County, California, United States
May 13, 1862
Nevada City, Nevada County, California, United States
April 2, 1864
Nevada City, Nevada County, California, United States
May 20, 1866
Nevada City, Nevada County, California, United States
October 25, 1867
Nevada City, Nevada County, California, United States
November 13, 1900
Age 77
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States