|Why was the award named for Brother John Thomson?|
Publicly Acclaimed and Cited
Brother Thomson's incomparable Masonic record of service might well have been enough to warrant the distinction of attaching his name to this award, but a singular incident in his life deserves particular notice: he was "publicly acclaimed" and cited by the Humane Society of Philadelphia for saving several persons from drowning in the Delaware River.
Four of Thomson's sons, also were members of Lodge No. 51, one of whom provided this personal recollection, which is on file in the archives of the Grand Lodge:
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