On September 13th 1858, Most Worshipful Grand Master C.A. Stewart, Right Worshipful Grand
Warden Henry H. Dade, Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden Clem Beckett and Right
Worshipful Grand Secretary Edward A. Watson acting on a petition from a group of Masons from
Felix Lodge No.3 who were desirous of forming a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in the District Of
Columbia issued a Warrant which constituted a Lodge to be called Eureka Lodge No. 5 to be held
in the city of Washington, D.C.
The appointed principal officers were Edward M. Thomas, Worshipful Master, H.A. Schuseman,
Senior Warden and Edward A. Watson, Junior Warden. The first communication of Eureka Lodge
No. 5 was held on October 26th 1858 AD, AL 5858.
Eureka Lodge has produced nine Most Worshipful Grand Masters: Edward M. Thomas (1861),
Robert Booker (1864), John F. Cook (1866-73, 1876-77),
William Taliaferro (1875), Samuel Rodger Watts (1884-86), John T. Layton (1905), John P.
Turner (1920), George M. Ambler (1933) and Warren R. Whitley (1997-98). Two Deputy Grand
Masters: Joseph Minor and E.T. Hawkins. One, Grand Junior Warden Edward Webster, Right
Worshipful Grand Treasurer David L. Stevenson, Right Worshipful Past Grand Secretary, Royce
G. Daniels, Worshipful Grand Comptroller Emeritus Willie Arrington, , Worshipful Grand
Representative to the East Ralph Carter (North Carolina), Worshipful Assistant Grand Treasurer
Jeffery R. Anderson, WDH&W David A. Hinnant , Worshipful Grand Junior Deacon Marshall
Worshipful Assistant Grand Public Relations Charles Briggs, Worshipful Assistant Grand Auditor
Warren A. Crummer and Past Grand Worthy Patron Robert A. King. Worshipful Grand Director
of Public Relations Ira E. Stohlman.
Eureka Lodge No. 5 is proud of its rich history and the many brethren who have made and are
continuing to make notable professional, fraternal and civic
accomplishment. We will continue to carry forward the principals, precepts and sacred tenets of
Prince Hall Freemasonry