|The Birth of the General Grand Masonic Congress: (Nov. 1914-July 1918 WWI)
The Masonic Order of the General Grand Masonic Congress, A. F. & A. M. has long since been a member of the Masonic order in the U. S. A. Organized
under a different name; The General Grand Masonic Congress was first formed as The National Grand Lodge on June 27th 1847 in Boston,Massachusetts.
However, on August 9th, 1889 at Cleveland, Ohio, the (late) ILL. John G. Jones 33rd revived and reorganized this National body and the name was changed
to The General Grand Masonic Congress (GGMC), Free & Accepted Masons of the United States of America and Canada. Its Holy See was and still is in
Washington, DC where it is an incorporated nonprofit organization affiliated with the United Supreme Council (U.S.C.) of the Southern & Western
Jurisdiction. In 1895 John G. Jones, Lt. Sovereign Grand Commander of The United Supreme Council Southern and Western Jurisdiction, set up John G.
Jones Consistory #1 in Washington D.C. As membership began to grow in this New Consistory, the current Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand
Lodge, Ill. Hamilton Smith of Washington, D.C. issued an edit forbidding any of his member from holding membership in this New Consistory established
by John G. Jones. Those within his Jurisdiction that had already obtained membership in the New Consistory had to renounce their membership or be
expelled from his Grand Lodge. The members felt that the edit from Grand Master Hamilton Smith was wrong and appealed to the Grand Master who
denied their appeals. The Grand Lodge then split and became the present day Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge F & A.M. and the Most
Worshipful Grand Lodge F. & A. M. These two Grand Lodges are still active in Washington, DC. However, it is important to note that the Most Worshipful
Grand Lodge is now a four letter Grand Lodge (A. F. and A. M.) and that John G. Jones Consistory #1 is still affiliated with this Grand Lodge and has been
active in Washington, D.C. since 1895, making it the Oldest Consistory in our Supreme Council, the (U. S. C.) of the Southern and Western Jurisdiction.
Seeking a Warrent outside of the Prince Hall Mason's Jurisdiction, the ILL. Henry C. Scott went to Romania in 1896 to receive a legal and binding Warrant
from the Romanian National Grand Lodge (R.N.G.L.) founded in 1880 by (late) Ill. Honorable Brother Grand Master Colonel Constantine Moroiu to
Legally work and establish other Grand Lodges in the Jurisdiction of the United States & Canada. Note: Because the "Mother Grand Lodge" The Most
Worshipful A. F & A. M. was officially born in 1896 as a four letter Scottish Rite Grand Lodge, ALL the affiliated Grand Lodges under this Warrent and
that had Membership with the G.G.M.C. and was affiliated with the United Supreme Council of the Southern & Western Jurisdiction A. F & A. M. all
were born from The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M.; Meaning Only those Grand Lodges that are current Members of the G. G. M. C. or
affiliated with The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M. can claim its history and lineage to the work done by Ill. H.C. Scott 33rd and Ill. John G.
Jones 33rd. All other Grand Lodges claiming our lineage are splits or non-affiliated organizations because the Warrant to Organize and Work in the
United States of America and Canada to establish other Grand Lodges was Only given to Henry C. Scott & The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge A. F. & A.M.
which is the Holy See in Washington, D. C. This National Organization of A.F.& A.M. was formed to act as an advisory and administrative body of the
Fraternity, not governing body to its member Grand Lodges. The United Supreme Council is a part of The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Order of
Freemasonry for the Southern and Western Masonic Jurisdiction of the U.S.A. and Canada; it was later organized on April 5, 1869 in the city of
Washington, D.C., by many high degree Masons from Washington, D.C. who regulate Scottish Rite Masonry from the fourth to the thirty-third degrees.
Each of these bodies serve the purpose of giving the Masonic student a cleaner insight into the realm's Masonic perfection, and render to him similar
service as the college renders to the high school graduate.
Supreme Councils can only be set up by another Supreme Council. This Supreme Council has never set up nor authorized any other Supreme Councils.
There are several Southern and Western United Supreme Councils and other organizations which use our corporate name and our history. Respectfully I
must submit to you that there has only been one United Supreme Council Southern and Western Jurisdiction registered in Washington, DC since its
formation in 1869, with the first members starting in 1856 from the conferring of degrees from King David Supreme Council. King David Supreme Council
was set up by Count de St. Laurent 33rd of the Supreme Council of France. It in turn conferred the degrees on Washington, DC members in 1856 and set
up the Southern and Western Supreme Council in 1869. Then the United States Supreme Council was set up by Baron A. Hugo de Bulow 33rd also a
member of the Grand Orient of France. It in turn set up the Southern Supreme Council at Baltimore, MD. in 1870. The Southern Supreme Council set up
the King Frederick Supreme Council in 1871. The United Supreme Council Southern and Western Jurisdiction of the United States and Canada is an
incorporated non–profit organization and has been since October of 1895 in good standing in Washington, DC and it is now a 501 C-10 tax exempt
charitable organization. Because of the Freedom of Information Act it would appear that some organizations get copies of our corporation papers and
illegally tell their members a bogus story that it's their corporation papers; however, our pedigree has withstood the test of time and will continue...
The year 1900 is when the Imperial Grand Council Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
(PHA) split from our Imperial Grand Council Ancient ArabicOrder Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.