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            There are but few men who have been more instrumental in shaping and directing the fraternal society affairs of this State than the subject of this sketch, the young leader of the Pacific coast.

            The marvelous and unprecedented growth of the Ancient Order of United Workmen in California is largely due to the efforts of the first Grand Master, Wm. H. Jordan. At the formation of the Grand Lodge there were less than 500 members. During his two terms in office the membership had increased to over 10,000 and a separate jurisdiction. He was then a young man, and his great benevolent heart was so ardently enlisted that he gave a large portion of his time in organizing lodges.

            Brother Jordan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 3, 1849. He arrived in this State in 1859, after enduring numerous hardships in the journey across the plains. The ensuing seven years of his life were a varied experience of trial and toil, but he managed to find ways and means of fitting himself for and working his way through Yale.

            During the last eleven years he has attended every session of the Supreme Lodge A. O. U. W. as a representative or as an officer of that body. As an index of his philanthropic and sagacious management as Grand Master Workman, when the call for help came from the yellow fever sufferers of Nashville, he telegraphed $500 on his own responsibility, which was duly approved by the Grand Lodge of California. But more complete was this great act of benevolence when, on appeal from Brother Jordan as G. M. W. each Workman in this jurisdiction paid the sum of $2.50 voluntarily without levying an assessment, to aid the widows and orphans of Tennessee.

            He is also a member of F. and A. M. and a number of benevolent orders. At the last session of the Legislature he was elected Speaker of the Assembly, a position he filled with great credit. As a lawyer, statesman, and fraternal leader he has acquitted himself with signal ability. His name will go into history as an organizer, philanthropist and benafactor. (sic)




Transcribed By: Cecelia M. Setty.

Source: “Illustrated Fraternal Directory Including Educational Institutions on the Pacific Coast”, Page 190, Publ. Bancroft Co., San Francisco. Cal.  1889.

© 2012 Cecelia M. Setty.








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