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HOUSE

RESOLUTION No. ___




Introduced by: Battles, Leonard, Cheatham,
Stilwell, Bell, Tincher, Clements, Friend, Cherry

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    A HOUSE RESOLUTION to honor the 200th Anniversary of Vincennes Lodge No. 1 Free and Accepted Masons.

    Whereas, on March 13, 2009, Vincennes Lodge No. 1 Free and Accepted Masons of Vincennes, Indiana will mark its 200th Anniversary; and

    Whereas, Vincennes Lodge No. 1 is the oldest Masonic Lodge within the boundaries of the present state of Indiana; and

    Whereas, the Vincennes Lodge was set to work as Vincennes Lodge No. 15 by the Grand Lodge of Kentucky and remained so until the formation of the Grand Lodge of Indiana in 1818, when it became Vincennes Lodge No. 1; and

    Whereas, the founders of Vincennes Lodge were: General Washington Johnston - lawyer, legislator, officer at the Battle

of Tippecanoe, treasurer of the Indiana Territory; William Jones - merchant and the first Worshipful Master of Vincennes Lodge; George Wallace - merchant and territorial judge; John Caldwell - merchant; Henry VanderBurgh - officer in the Revolutionary War, lawyer, territorial judge and namesake of Vanderburg County; Charles Fisher - first secretary and veteran of the Battle of Tippecanoe; Jonathon Taylor - Past Master from Abraham Lodge No. 8; and John Gibson - namesake of Gibson County, officer in the Revolutionary War and secretary of the Indiana Territory; and

    Whereas, the Mother Lodge of Vincennes Lodge No. 1 is, and will always be, Abraham Lodge No. 8 of Louisville, Kentucky; therefore,
    

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the

General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. That in recognition of the pioneer spirit of the men who founded Vincennes Lodge and those esteemed men who succeeded them during the next 200 years, the Indiana General Assembly commemorates March 13, 2009 as the 200th Anniversary of Vincennes Lodge No. 1 Free and Accepted Masons of Vincennes, Indiana.
    SECTION 2. That the Clerk of the House of Representatives shall transmit a copy of this Resolution to Vincennes Lodge No. 1 Free and Accepted Masons of Vincennes, Indiana.





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