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RICHMOND RANDOLPH NO.19

LODGE HISTORY

Chartered on October 29, 1787 by the Grand Lodge of Virginia. The brethren of

Richmond Randolph No.19 has been meeting in our home Masons' Hall, the oldest masonic lodge building in America, for almost two and a half centuries. 

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Richmond Randolph No.19 (RR19) was chartered on October 29, 1787 at the annual meeting of Grand Lodge of Virginia being held at the newly completed Mason's Hall. Our lodge and its members are intertwined with early history of Virginia freemasonry, of the United States and of the City of Richmond. Almost two and a half centuries later, we are still meeting in the same place where we began in the oldest continuously occupied masonic lodge building in America! 

The three men responsible for our charter were William Waddill, John Dixon and David Lambert. Waddill, an accomplished silversmith, was a Past Master of the Williamsburg lodge and helped organize the Grand Lodge of Virginia in 1777. It was Waddill who summed the other Virginia lodges to Williamsburg and it was Waddill who who nominate the first Grand Master of Virginia Masons. He would be No.19's first Worshipful Master. John Dixon, Sr. would be our first Senior Warden. Dixon had been the Mayor of Williamsburg at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War and publisher of the Virginia Gazette. He operated the print shop and post office on Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg and appointed Virginia's postmaster by Benjamin Franklin. In July of 1776 Dixon's Virginia Gazette had been the first outside Philadelphia to publish the full text of the Declaration of Independence. Lambert, the third member of the masonic trio applying for No. 19's charter was an original and long serving Richmond City Councilman. These efforts were assisted and endorsed by John McCall, Master of Richmond No.10 of which Waddill and Lambert had been members.  

These men came to Richmond with many from Virginia's colonial capital Williamsburg and other parts of the state when Governor Thomas Jefferson designated Richmond as the new capital city in 1780. The first lodge in Richmond was what is now Richmond Lodge No.10 (originally No.13), which was chartered in a 1780 Grand Lodge meeting at Williamsburg's famous Raleigh Tavern. The Grand Lodge itself would also move to Richmond in 1784 and hold its first meeting in a schoolhouse adjacent to where Masons' Hall now stands at Franklin and 18th Streets in Shockoe Bottom. The following year 1785 the cornerstone was laid for Masons' Hall to become the home of both No.10 and the Grand Lodge of Virginia. Masons' Hall would be on land acquired from brother Gabriel Galt who operated City Tavern located on the Main Street side of the same square block. Galt had been one of the charter members of Richmond No.10 and just a few years earlier found his tavern commandeered by Benedict Arnold who used it as his headquarters after raiding and burning Richmond. 

Upon the completion of Masons' Hall in 1787, Richmond Randolph No.19 would be formed by members of No.10 and with their assistance. The lodge was named for Edmund Randolph, who was both the Grand Master of Virginia Masons and Governor of Virginia when the application was received. Randolph, a Founding Father, who would go on to become the first Attorney General of the United States and second Secretary of State, was a member of Richmond No.10 and played an influential role in the building of Masons' Hall. Another early influencer and No.10 member was John Marshall who served as an original trustee of the building and galvanized the brethren to complete the project after running into unexpected delays. Marshall would gain his first judicial experience presiding over city courts held at Masons' Hall where he maintained his law office. He would go on to become the longest serving Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court in history, 

In the early nineteenth century Richmond Randolph No.19 the lodge would have the honor of hosting Revolutionary War hero the Marquee de Lafayette who be made an honorory member and the lodge's Master for the day. Richmond Randolph No.19 would have the honor of delivering the masonic funeral service for The Great Chief Justice John Marshall, the Liberty Bell cracked upon his death when it tolled in his honor. The lodge would navigate through both the War of 1812 when it found its confines converted into a hospital and through the Civil War when Masons' Hall was spared from the Confederate evacuation fires and looters on the orders of Union General Godfrey Weitzel, a sympathetic Freemason.  

For more than two centuries since its founding Richmond Randolph No.19 has included on its membership rolls and visitors list some of the most influential men in Richmond and Virginia masonic history and our home Masons' Hall has hosted men "who's fame was not confined to one hemisphere". Our lodge continues to thrive and meet where we began in our historic landmark home, Masons' Hall. We pride ourselves in not just our history but in our energetic and diverse membership that continues 19's positive influence on our members, thier families and our community. 

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TIMELINE
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THE PAST MASTERS OF 

RICHMOND RANDOLPH NO.19

William Waddill, 1787–1789 

Jacob Ege, 1789–1793 

John K. Read, 1793–1795 

Jacob Ege, 1795–1795 

Meyer Cohen, 1795–1796 

John Dixon, 1796–1797 

Most Wor. William H. Fitzwhylsonn, 1797–1799

Eldridge Harris, 1799–180 

Leighton Wood, 1800–1801 

Humphrey Dabney, 1801– 1802 

Most Wor. William H. Fitzwhylsonn 1802–1804

Most Wor. Solomon Jacobs, 1804–1807 

William D. Wren 1807–1808 

Most Wor. William H. Fitzwhylsonn 1808–1809

Thomas Diddep, 1809–1810 

William D. Wren 1810–1811 

Most Wor. William H. Fitzwhylsonn 1811–1819 

Joseph A. Myers, 1819–1819 

George Cabell, 1819–1820 

John Dove, 1820–1821 

George Cabell, 1821–1822 

John G. Williams, 1822–1823 

Blair Bolling, 1823–1824

Richard A. Carrington, 1824–1826 

John G. Williams, 1826–1828 

John A. Carrington, 1828–1830 

Joseph A. Myers, 1830–1832 

William F. Lee, 1832–1834 

John Dove, 1834–1836 

Richard O. Haskins, 1836–1840 

Thomas U. Dudley, 1840–1841 

Edward S. Gay, 1841–1841 

Most Wor. James Evans, 1841–1844 

Thomas Tyrer, 1844–1845 

John McConnell, 1845–1847 

John Dove, 1847–1848, 1848–1849, 1849–1850 

William B. Isaacs, 1850–1853 

William C. Tompkins, 1853–1854 

John C. Page, Jr., 1854–1856 

John Poe, Jr., 1856–1858 

John W. Bransford1858–1859 

William T. Allen, 1859–1862 

Robert T. Reynolds, 1862–1864 

John Latouche, 1864–1866 

Julius A. Hobson, 1866–1868 

James R. Dowell, 1868–1871

Norton R. Savage, 1871–1873 

William Hall Crew, 1873–1875 

George F. Keesee, 1875–1877 

Charles P. Rady1877–1879 

R. H. Duesberry, 1879–1881 

Benjamin F. Howard, 1881–1883 

R. C. Fletcher, 1883–1885 

Charles A. West, 1885–1886

James H. Allen, 1886–1887

Judson Cunningham, 1887–1889

John E. Epps, 1889–1891 

Edward E. Richardson, 1891–1893

H.F.W. Southern, 1893–1894

Charles W. Ragland, 1894–1895

N. Thomas Mosby, 1895–1897

Berkley Goode, 1897–1899

Richard N. Goode, 1899–1901

T. Nelson Durvin, 1901–1903

Alvoy K. Vest, 1903–1905 

William A. Clarke, Jr. 1905–1907

John B. Welsh, 1907–1909

Charles P. Eldridge, 1909–1911

William A. James, 1911–1913

D. Seva Richardson, 1913–1915

George B. Davis, Jr., 1915–1916

Marcus W. Estes, 1916–1917

John Taylor, 1917–1919 

William E. Sullivan, 1919–1920

R.N. Rackett, 1920–1921 

Joseph E. Robinson, 1921–1922

Andrew J. Watkins, 1922–1924

William Newsome, Jr., 1924–1925

Clifton J. Green, 1925–1926

Montie J. DeWitt, 1926–1927

Alan B. Clarke, 1927–1928

Ernest B. Smith, 1928–1929

John S. McGehee, 1929–1930

Wilbur Applewhite, 1930–1931

Allen M. Mills, 1931–1932

Andrew J. Watkins, 1932–1934

John W. Waters, 1934–1935

Garland H. James, 1935–1936

Emmett B. Atkinson, 1936–1937

Stuart L. Billups, 1937 

Walter A. Jewell, 1938 

Lewis P. Tyler, 1939 

Gordon L. Perkins, 1940 

Wyatt Smith, 1942 

Fred C. Mullin Jr., 1942 

Edward S. Trainham, 1943

James B. Hare, Jr., 1944 

Lewis P. Hamlett, 1945 

John R. Overbey, 1946 

Paul J. Welch, 1947 

Aubrey H. Burrow, 1948 

Harvey M. Cloud, 1949 

W. Earle Binns, 1950 

Milton C. Rose, 1951 

Henry H. Phillips, Jr., 1952

William L. Walker, 1953

Charles E. Winder, Jr., 1954

Most Wor. L. Douglas Delano, 1955 

Norman R. Cox, 1956 

Harry E. Tucker, 1957 

Robert L. Smith, 1958 

William T. Teachey, 1959 

R. Milton Hobson, 1960 

Winfred D. Williams, 1961

Ernest Maynard Overbey, 1962

Charles B. Tingle, 1963 

C. Calvin Huffman, 1964 

Thomas Lewis Royall, 1965

McClellan W. Burgess, 1966

Horace H. Williams, 1967 

Lindsey F. Usry, 1968 

Ernest E. Berry, Jr., 1969 

Albert L. Winstead, 1970 

Robert G. Bedell, 1971 

Howard R. McDowell, 1973

Wilbert Patton Jr., 1974 

William Walter Gayle, Jr., 1975

Frank H. Abernathy, Jr., 1976

Jacob V. Bowen, 1977 

William E. Thompson, 1978

Paul David Huffman, 1979

Jesse McKinley Beasley, 1980

Warren W. Slate, 1981, 1982

Morris Mayer Edison, 1983

George Washington Martin, 1984

A.C. Ellington II, 1985

William D. Rice, 1986 

Charles Lenwood Sale, Jr., 1987

Lothar A. Bernhard, 1988 

Ernest E. Berry, Jr., 1989 

James Walker Burton, 1990 

Charles E. Winder Jr., 1991, 1992

Charles Lenwood Sale, Jr., 1993, 1994

Larry Johnnie Dixon, 1995 

William Troy Bailey, 1996 

Anthony Charles Pearce, 1997

William Sherwood Bailey, 1998

Marc Daniel Graham, 1999 

Gordon Hector Sprigg, Jr., 2000

William Sherwood Bailey, 2001 

William Troy Bailey, 2002 

Joseph Payne Gardner, 2003 

William Sherwood Bailey, 2004

Barrye Lane Absher, 2005 

Thomas Edward Breeden, 2006

Wade Vestal Evans, Jr., 2007 

Edward Keith Winder, 2008

Charles Thomas Sykes, 2009 

William B. Heltzel, 2010 

James H. Duke, 2011 

Paul Alexander Dierickx, 2012, 2013 

Lee Oppenheim, 2014 

Michael Joyner, 2015, 2016

Preston C. Vanderpool, 2017

Charles W. Hundley, 2018

Donald A. K. Cunningham, Jr., 2019

Donald F. Moro, Jr., 2020

Jacob A. Crocker, 2021