1843 – First Masoninc Meeting in Milwaukee

On this date the first Masonic meeting in Milwaukee was held in the Cottage, known later as the Harriman House. The forty or fifty Masons living in Milwaukee at the time petitioned the national organization for a lodge of "Free and Accepted Masons" to be organized in their city. Lemuel B. Hull, who died shortly thereafter, was appointed the first lodge master. The charter for the Milwaukee Lodge was signed on January 17, 1844. Other prominent charter members included A.D. Smith, Walter W. Kellogg, Dwight F. Lawton, T.F. Wainwright, and Charles S. Hurley. [Source: , Vol. II, pg. 280]