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Williamson Honored by the Grand Lodge of New Jersey

Brother Samuel C. Williamson, Right Worshipful Past Grand Master, was honored to receive the Grand Lodge of New Jersey's Daniel Coxe Medal for distinguished service to Freemasonry. It was presented on Wednesday April 20, 2005 at the Annual Session of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey held at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City.

The presentation, made by Most Worshipful Grand Master Daniel M. Wilson, took Bro. Williamson by surprise, and almost left him speechless. Wilson, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, stated that he chose to honor Bro. Williamson because of his visionary support for the Masonic youth programs, and in particular, his work on behalf of the Order of DeMolay. The Daniel Coxe Medal is, to New Jersey Freemasonry, what the Benjamin Franklin Medal is to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania-- a high honor given to only a chosen few who have made a profound impact on the Fraternity.

Daniel Coxe is a fitting namesake for this award. He was born in London, in August of 1673. He was a member of the Lodge at the Devil Tavern within Temple Bar, London. He studied law and medicine prior to visiting America to take charge of his father's estate, sometime about 1701-1702, and took residence in Burlington, NJ. Bro. Coxe was very involved in politics and served in several appointed and elected capacities of the Colonial government. On June 5, 1730, the Duke of Norfolk, then the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England formed in 1717, deputized Col. Daniel Coxe of New Jersey, to be The Provincial Grand Master of the Provinces of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. His deputation took effect June 24, 1730, and extended to June 24, 1732. The deputation authorized Bro. Coxe to appoint his officers for the two years he was the Provincial Grand Master, and it was he who selected William Allen to serve as Grand Master on June 24, 1731. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania recognizes Daniel Coxe as the first Grand Master for Pennsylvania, but William Allen as the first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

Upon receiving the plaque and pocket medallion bearing the likeness of Daniel Coxe, Bro. Williamson said that his service to youth and Freemasonry was a labor of love, and he encouraged all present to stay young by working with our Masonic youth groups.

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