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Title John Thomas Short PGM
Catalog Number 2016.7.172
Object Name Photograph
Description John Thomas Short (1857-1927) GM 1908

John Thomas Short was a native of Illinois, born in Carlisle, November 4, 1857. As a young man he came to Southeast Missouri, locating near Cape Girardeau. He taught school in the winter and worked as a carpenter in the summer. In 1887, he removed to Jefferson City, where he served as clerk for the Board of Equalization. later becoming clerk of the Senate at an extra session of the legislature. In 1894 he was elected and served as a representative from Cole County in the 38th General Assembly. About 1900 he engaged in business as a contractor and builder. One of his most important jobs was his work as superintendent of construction of the magnificent Capitol building at Jefferson City.

Later he superintended the construction of the new Masonic Temple in St Louis. In the meantime, however, he supervised the reconstruction of the Masonic Home hosptial and will engaged in that work was persuaded to accept the position of superintendent of the Masonic Home.

At the age of twenty-five he walked over the hills, a distance of nine miles, through rain and snow storm to receive his third degree. The strange thing was that when he reached the Lodge he found no quorum because of the inclemency of the weather. Not be daunted, he again walked the nine miles to attend the next stated communication and received the degree of Master Mason March 4, 1882 at Jackson, Mo in Excelsior Lodge No. 441. He was elected Master of the Lodge in 1887. In 1888 he affiliated with Jefferson Lodge No 43, Jefferson City, Mo., and served as Master in 1900. For thirteen years he was DDGM and DDGL of the 31st Masonic District. He was appointed Junior Grand Deacon in 1900 and elected Grand Master in 1908.

He was a member of the York Rite bodies in Jefferson City, Mo. and the Scottish Rite bodies in St Louis.

Brother Short died doing the work of the Masonic Home, November 28, 1927, coming to a remarkable suddenness while dictating a letter to is stenographer.

Funeral services were conducted by the Grand Lodge in the beautiful Commandery asylum at the Masoic temple in St Louis. His remains were later conveyed to Jefferson City, where they were interred with Masonic ceremonies.

Such was the record of one who rose from the work of a carpenter to that of a Master
Builder. While his remains are in the cemetery in Jefferson City, his monuments are the Masonic Home, the St Louis Masonic Temple and the State Capitol.
Date 2016
Collection GLMO
People John Thomas Short