|Title||Dr Samuel Hyde Saunders PGM|
Samuel Hyde Saunders (1813-1897) 1857-1858-1859
Saunders was born at Whitley, Chesterfield County VA, three miles from Richmond August 1, 1813. Having received a classical education he commenced a study of medicine and received his degree. He moved to Kentucky and after a sojourn of a few years removed to Missouri settling on a farm in Pettis County, later he removed to Otterville, Cooper County where he subsequently died. His remains are buried in the IOOF Cementery near Otterville.
Following an early education he took up a study of civil engineering in Bacon College, Georgetown, Ky., and worked as a civil engineer in Kentucky and Illinois. In 1845 he took up the study of medicine, commencing practice of that profession in 1847 and continuing until 1887
In the fall of 1848 he petitioned Relief Lodge U.D. located in Georgetown, Pettis County, Missouri for the degrees of Freemasonry. The Lodge was chartered in 1849 and given the number "105". In 1850 he was elected Master of the Lodge. In 1854 he dimitted to assist in the organization of Pleasant Grove Lodge U.D., Cooper County which was later chatered with the number "142" He served this lodge as Master several times.
He first attended Grand Lodge in 1850 and served as DDGM of the 9th District in 1851. He was elected and installed Grand Master and served three years,
Brother Saunders was a member of the York Rite Chapter and Council in Boonville, Missouri
He was married to Sarah Otey and they had one son, Virginius O. Saunders who served as Master of St Louis Lodge No 1.
Samuel Hyde Saunders