“Robert J. Redden was born June 16, 1848 near Russellville, Alabama. His parents soon after moved to Lamar County, Alabama and his boyhood days were spent in Pickens, Lamar, Tuscaloosa and Fayette counties. He received his education in the common schools of his home and studied medicine under his father, Dr. R. D. Redden, later graduating in medicine
at the Washington University of Baltimore, Maryland on February 22, 1872.
Returning to his home, he practiced his profession in his home and in nearby Counties. He was married on January 15, 1874, to Miss Mary E. Hollis and from this union five children, two sons and three daughters were born.
DR. Redden was initiated in Moscow Lodge No. 206, of Moscow, Al on July 17, 1869, passed August 23, 1869, and raised September 18, 1869. He was elected Worshipful Master of this Lodge on June 12, 1875, and served in this capacity for twelve years. Moscow Lodge No. 206 became defunct, Brother Redden affiliated with Vernon Lodge, No. 389 of Vernon, Alabama.
In 1893 he demitted from Vernon Lodge No. 389 to become Charter member and the first Worshipful Master of Sulligent Lodge No. 532, Sulligent, Alabama, said Lodge being organized on September 13, 1893. He served as Worshipful Master of this Lodge until June 1904. His first appearance in the Grand Lodge was in 1876 and he attended every Annual Communication since that time with one exception.
In December 1879, he was appointed on the Committee on Work of the Grand Lodge and served until December 2, 1896, when he was elected Junior Grand Warden. He was regularly advanced and on December 3, 1902, was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master, being again elected as such on December 2, 1903.
He was again appointed on the Committee on Work in December 1921 and was appointed Chairman of the Committee in December 1921. At the Annual Communication in December 1928, he was appointed Grand Lecturer, that office being created for and during his life.
He received the Capitular Degree in Jasper Chapter No. 118 of Jasper, Alabama, receiving the Mark Master and Past Master degrees on February 21, 1913, and the Most Excellent Master and Royal Arch degrees on May 20, 1913.
Brother Redden died March 13, 1931 at his home in Sulligent, Alabama.
Brother Redden was honored and loved by all who knew him in his home community and was revered, respected, and beloved by the entire Craft of Alabama.”
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