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6 > Page 6 of Concise history of Lexington Lodge No. 1, F. & A.M., November 17, 1788-1913 : showing, without rhetorical fog, the spirit of the work in Lexington for the past century and a quarter / published by order and authority of the Lodge.

Page Six in August of the same year and delegates were sent to Virginia which passed the Kentucky statehood act January 10, 1786. 1 he rnerrorial of the Kentuck- ians was placed in the hands of John Marshall, celebrated in Masonic history as Grand Master of Virginia, and in civil history as Governor of that State and afterward Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Statcs. As the Federal Congress promptly refused to rat fj the acticn of Virgtini, the efforts of three Danville Conventions failed, It is not surprising that the fourth convention did not meet, becauseo no quorum could be gotten from the dispirited members. October 1786, Virginia again Fassed the St tehotd act. Yet Kentucly ter elf seemed to be at a stand- still, with no local legislature nor any one to guide her. At this juncture, a half dczen gentlemen met at Judge McDowell's resi- dence near Danville, on St. John's Night, Dec. 27, 1786, and formed what they termed "The Political Club". This organization proceeded to revive the drooping spirits o the pioneers and to take the place of the Fourth Danville convent:on. Its roster never con- tained more than 29 names, of which 12 can be identified as afterward affili- ated with organized Masonry in Kentucky. There were, Major John Belli, a merchant of Alexandria, Virginia, one of the chief movers of the club, and afterward Washington's secret agent in the Indian campaigns of Bre. Anthony Wayne. Thomas Todd, afterward a famous jurist, Clerk of previous conventions; John Brown, first U. S. Senator from Kentucky; James Brown, first Secretary of State, and David Walker, later a congressman, all members cf Lexington Lodge, Thomas Todd being also identified wi.h Frankfort and James Brown with Frankfcrt and Shelbyville lodges. The others were, Baker Ewing; identified with No. 2 and No. 4, Gabriel J. Jones; with No. 5, Matthew Walton; with No. 6, Stephen Ormsby; with No. 3 James Speed; No. 20. The result of these unselfish activities -was the revival of the Danville Convention in 1787 and the sending of delegates to Virginia General As3embly which ratified the Federal Constitution the same year. These delegates were Bros. Humphrey Marshall and John Fowler. At the same time there was formed "The Society for the Promotion cf Useful Know'edge," among whose 33 members may be recognized the foremost Freemasons of the State. Like- Maj. Jno. Belli wise the first newspaper west of the Alleghenies was start- ed by John Bradford with the patronage of the Danville convention, and this brought the first paper mill and other factories. Fowler, Levi Todd, Marsha I, all members of this revived convention, were afterward amrong the caT!y members of Lexington Lodge.