George Washington Lodge

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Druid Order: UAOD

Lodge Number: 1

Town: New York, USA

Place of Meeting: New York City

Earliest Date Seen: 1839

Last Date Seen: 1868

Notes:

"In 1839 George Washington Lodge, No. 1, of Druids was instituted at New York City, and from that time the United Ancient Order of Druids in the United States grew, spreading first to the neighbouring State of New Jersey, and then to Virginia. In 1834 a governing body was formed holding allegiance to the English Grand Grove called the Grand Board of Directors of the United Ancient Order of Druids of the United States of America.

This afterwards became the Surpreme Grove of the Untied States. Among the American founders in 1839, the names of William H. Youngs, Charles Hayword, J. Churchill and James Auger are prominent. Thomas Wildey, the founder of Odd Fellowship in the UNited States joined the United Ancient Order of Druids in April 1844.

The approximate totals of membership of the United Ancient Order in 1896 were as follows: In the United States, 17,000; Great Britain, 66,000; Australia, 18,000 and in Germany, 2,000 making the grand total 103,000."

The Cyclopædia of Fraternities by Albert Clark Stevens 1899 p.288



Reference:

The Cyclopædia of Fraternities by Albert Clark Stevens 1899

1868 The National Republican