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Wilson is the originator of the Masons in Ontario.
Wilson decided Ontario Masons should govern themselves. He traveled across the province and convinced other lodges to join a new grand lodge just for Ontario.
That is significant because back in the mid 1800s most of the movers and shakers in government and business belonged to the organization, known at the time for its secret meetings and hand signals.
Wilson was also something of a dashing figure. In the Rebellion of 1837, he led the Norfolk Calvary Troop and helped capture the enemy ship, the Caroline, in Niagara.
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When Wilson died in 1875, more than 1,000 Masons from across the province came to Simcoe for the funeral. Special trains had to be arranged just to get everybody to the village.
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Back in his hometown of Simcoe, Wilson was immensely popular. He was a lawyer, newspaper publisher, Crown Attorney, and a reeve (essentially the mayor) of the community, which at the time was a village of 2,000.
They agreed and in 1855 Ontario Masons had their first governing body and Wilson, appropriately enough, was their first grand master.
Sir John A. Macdonald was a Mason. So was the Mohawk military and political leader Joseph Brant as well as many mayors, bank managers, newspaper publishers, premiers, and lieutenant governors. and Canada, Free Masons Zanotti Sneakers Mens are involved in all formations of politics and business, said Dale Smout, historian of the lodge Wilson headed up in Simcoe, Ont.
He is buried in the St. John Anglican churchyard south of town but is not forgotten. Every year, Masons make a pilgrimage to the site, which is marked with a heritage plaque, to pay homage to the father of their organization.
were ruled by the Grand Lodge of England.
has a hand written letter to Wilson from Sir John A. Macdonald discussing Masons business.
When he decided to pull out of politics, he was presented with a petition with hundreds of signatures from village residents demanding he run for office again.
William Mercer Wilson is a little known figure in Ontario history who helped build the province and the country in a subtle way.
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Communication was a problem. It took a letter eight months to get from England to, say, Norfolk County, where Wilson lived, and another eight months for a reply to go back. Decision making was difficult.
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