Most Excellent Grand High Priest
|Biography: George M. Patrick, M.D. was the Seventh and Last MEGHP Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the Republic of Texas1848 to 1849.
George M. Patrick, M.D. (September 30, 1801 to June 28, 1889) was made a Mason in Benevolent Lodge No. 58 in Kentucky, and was initiated, passed and raised in 1827, his date of demission is not known. Dr. Patrick's Royal Arch affiliation prior to his coming to Texas is also not known. Except that at that time the Royal Arch Degree was conferred in Craft Lodges under a Master's warrant by Lodges who received their Warrant or Charter from a Grand Lodge of Ancient York Masons.
Other Masonic affiliations included Temple Lodge No. 4 in Houston, Texas, in 1837, according to biographical information Dr. Patrick may have served as Worshipful Master of this Lodge. But no Lodge records can substantiate this.
In 1842, Dr. Patrick was also a charter member of Orphan's Friend Lodge No. 17 located in Anderson Texas and served as its Worshipful Master in 1844, 1846, 1847, 1849, 1850, 1852, and 1853.
Dr. Patrick was the Charter High Priest for Jerusalem Chapter No. 7 under the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the Republic of Texas in 1846, and would later be the Charter High Priest for Jerusalem Chapter No. 3 in 1850 under this current Grand Jurisdiction. Dr. Patrick was the only Companion to have served as the Most Excellent Grand High Priest for the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the Republic of Texas and for this Grand Jurisdiction in 1852 to 1853.
Dr. Patrick holds several other distinctions pertaining to Ancient York Masonry, he is the only Texas Mason to have been elected to two full terms as the Grand Master of Masons in Texas in 1849 and again in 1850; he served as the Most Excellent Grand High Priest of this Grand Jurisdiction 1852; he served as the Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters in 1859 and as the Grand Commander of Knights Templar in 1860 as well. Dr. Patrick was the first Texas Mason to have served as the leader of all four Grand Masonic bodies in Texas.
Dr. Patrick is buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. Grand Lodge photo and a Grimes County Historical association photo are available. Dr. Patrick has an entry in the Handbook of Texas Online.