Grand Master from our Lodge

Francis Paul Morton

Masonry instructs its initiates that "in the State, you are to be a quiet and peaceable citizen, true to your government and just to your country. You are not to countenance disloyalty or rebellion, but patiently to submit to legal authority, and to conform with cheerfulness to the government of the country in which you live." 

I bring these words to your attention at this time for many reasons, not the least of which is that many times during the year, I have learned that a few of the members of the Craft had seemingly forgotten them. This is evidenced by personal acts on their part which were not conducive to the best interests of our State and Nation. I feel that it is quite unnecessary for me to call to your attention at this time the many differences of opinion being expressed as to the way and manner in which the affairs of State and Nation are being handled and the actions which some groups are taking, which, if permitted to go on unchecked or unchallenged, may result in an "ism" quite out of step with Americanism.

Consequently, I take this opportunity of expressing the hope that each and every one of us will stand up and be unafraid to join with all other constructive forces in an endeavor to help stem the tide of all un-American trends, so that, after we have laid down the working tools of this life, it may be truly said of us that we did our best to keep America American.

I have always felt that no great good is ever accomplished by impeding, handicapping or stifling any youth movement. The old adage, "youth will be served" is to me quite true. Throughout the history of civilization, youth as always surged upward and onward towards its goals, dreams and ambitions, and, to my mind, that same spirit dominates the youth of our own day. Youth will continue to be an irresistable force which will be able to overcome all obstacles by its own tremendous power, and it seems to me that insofar as it is possible for us to exert any influence over the youth of our day, whether boys or girls, we should not hesitate to try to guide them into paths of true and loyal Americanism.

Grand Lodge address, 17 Apr 1935

As read in Grand Lodge in 1958

Brother Morton was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1880. He joined Pioneer Lodge No. 20 in New York in 1902 and became affiliated with Corinthian Lodge No. 57 in Orange in 1915. He served Corinthian as Worshipful Master in 1920, District Deputy Grand Master of the 9th Masonic District from 1921 to 1927 and as Grand Master in 1934. He served as Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of California near the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, from 1929 to the date of his death. In 1952 he received a gold token marking fifty years of membership in the Masonic Fraternity.

We shall always have fond recollections of his recitation, "The Man in the Glass."

Funeral Services were conducted on Sunday March 16, 1958 by Northside Lodge No.283 of St. Petersburg, Florida, in which Brother Morton held dual membership. Many New Jersey Masons were in attendance.