|Title||Benjamin Sharp PGM|
Benjamin Sharp ( 1820-1861) GM 1857
Benjamin Sharp was born in Lee County VA April 10, 1820 and attended the Virginia Military Institute. He studied law with his father. In 1844 he came to Missouri with his wife Sarah Rebeck-Sharp. He was admitted to the bar and served in the State Senate
He was the organizer of the Montgomery County and was largely responsible for the securing of the North Missouri (Wabash) Railroad.
Sharp was one of the few Grand Masters advanced to the position of Grand Master whithout haveing previously held other Grand Lodge positions.(Riddick, Tucker, McBridge and Brown were elected from the floor) He first appeared in Grand Lodge in 1853 representing Danville Lodge No 72, Danville Mo. He received his first and second degrees in Virginia and this third degree in Danville Lodge No 72 in 1850 or 1851.
Sharp presided in the 1857 communicaiton of Grand Lodge and in his address recommended the closing of the Masonic College. His last attendence in Grand Lodge was May 27, 1861, just two months before his death
The story of Sharp's untimely death is found in the history of St Charles, Montgomery and Warren Counties (1885) "July 18, 1861, the day after the Fulton races, the people of Montgomery County were greatly shocked to learn that Maj. Benj. Sharp,a prominent resident of Danville and Leiut. A. Yager, a Federal officer, had been murdered near Martinsburg by a band of secession bushwackers under Alvin Cobb"
At the town of Mineola, one mile west of Danville, in the Gregory Cemetery stands a monument erected by the Masonic Fraternity of Montgomery County to the memory of this distinguished Grand Master. The monument stands approximately 6 ft. high is of white marble.