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Oliver Day Street, PGM 1925-1927

Oliver Day Street, PGM 1925-1927

“Oliver Day Street was born Dec. 6,1866 at Warrenton, Alabama, the son of Thomas Atkins and Julia Ann (Beard Street). He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1887 with the degree of A. B. He received the L.L. B. in the year 1888. He was married on February 17, 1892, to Miss Mary Emma Lusk, the daughter of DR. Lorenzi D. and Mary Emma (Loveless) Lusk, of Guntersville, Alabama. His wife died on October 21, 1923. His children are Margarette, Mary Julia, Oliver Day, Thomas Atkins (deceased) and John Edwin Campbell.  He was admitted to the bar in 1889 practiced his profession in Guntersville, Birmingham and throughout the northern half of Alabama. Bro. Street served as United States District Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama form 1907 to 1914 and as Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States from 1914 to 1920. He was Chairman of the Republican District Committee for Seventh Congressional District from 1904 to 1908 and served as delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1908, 1912, 1916 and 1920. He was nominee of the Republican Party of Alabama for governor in 1914 but declined; and was again nominated in 1922 and accepted.

He was a member of the Alabama Historical Society, the Tennessee Valley Historical Society and the National Geographic Society. He was trustee of the Department of Archives and History of Alabama from 1901 to 1921.

Oliver Day Street was initiated on September 24, 1901, in Marshall Lodge No. 209 of Guntersville, Alabama, passed October 22, 1901, and raised November 19, 1901. He served this Lodge as Worshipful Master during the years 1904, 1905, 1910.

In the Grand Lodge of Alabama he served as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence from 1915 to 1922. On December 4, 1919 he was elected Junior Grand Warden. He was regularly advanced and on December 3, 1925, was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master, being again elected to that honorable office on December 1, 1926.  He was a member of a Committee of three appointed in February, 1926, by the Masonic Service Association of the United States to make an investigation of Masonry in foreign countries and to report thereon. He was Associate Editor of the Masonic encyclopedia compiled under the auspices of the Masonic Service Association of the United States.  He was the Author of “The Symbolism of the Three Degrees” of Symbolic Masonry.

Brother Street passed away August 3, 1944 at his home in Guntersville Alabama. His brilliant intellect and exceptional abilities were greatly missed throughout the Masonic world for he was recognized as one of the leading Masonic authorities of his time. In addition to his fine contribution as Grand Master for the fiscal years of 1925-27, he wrote the last Masonic Manual of his day, wrote the only history, was a frequent contributor to Masonic publications, served on committees of the Grand Lodge continuously until his death.”
Lxiv [1926 PRO][1944 Pro] [Grand Masters of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons The State of Alabama 1821-2008 by Donna R. Causey]