Past Masters and Notable Brothers

Dr. Isaac Hurd (Sr.)

Master 1797-1800

Isaac Hurd, son of Benjamin Hurd of Charlestown, born July 27, 1756 and graduated at Harvard College in 1776. He commenced practice in Billerica in 1778, and came from thence to this town in 1789. (Shattuck, 1835)

Memoir of Dr Isaac Hurd from "The Natural History and the Topography of Groton, Massachusetts"

Isaac Hurd (Jr.)

Isaac Hurd, Jr., merchant, of Concord, son of Isaac and Sarah (Thompson) Hurd, of Charlestown, who settled in Concord, Mass., in 1789, was born in Billerica, July 12, 1782. He married, Jan. 27, 1808, Mary A. Heald. Of his boyhood little is known. Between 1802 and 1806 he made one or more voyages to Canton, but in 1806-7 left the sea, and commenced business in Concord, in the "Green Store." In 1810 he sold out and moved to Billerica, where he carried on the farm of his maternal grandfather, which, by inheritance, came into his possession some years afterward. He farmed extensively; in 1812 was largely interested in the raising of sheep, which only added to his embarrassments in the crisis of 1815. He soon returned to Concord, where he spent the remaining years of his life.

Isaac Hurd, Jr., received the Masonic degrees in Corinthian Lodge, A. F. and A. M., of Concord, in 1820, and became a member thereof May 22, 1820. His father, Dr. Isaac Hurd, was the first master of Corinthian Lodge, chartered in 1797, and his grandfather, Benjamin Hurd, of Charlestown, was the first grand high priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts, established March 13, 1798.

Isaac Hurd, Jr was interested in the militia; commanded a company of horse, and afterward rose to the rank of colonel of the Third Regiment, First Brigade, Third Division, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. He never held any office in the Artillery Company. For several years he was town treasurer of Billerica. He died at Concord, Jan. 24, 1828. (Robers, 1897)

Memoirs of members of the Social Circle in Concord

James Temple

Founding Brother

Excerpts from Memoir of James Temple, written for the Concord Social Circle by Julius M. Smith

The house in which he lived and in which James Temple was born stood about two hundred and fifty feet back from the road running from Barrett's Mill to Acton, and a mile and three fourths northwest of the mill

On the 20th of September, 1767, James Temple was born. What were the circumstances of his early life we can only conjecture. Like the men of his time, his father lived much on his own resources: raised his own sheep, spun the wool, and made the cloth with which he clothed a large family. The district school was a mile and three fourths away, and six or eight weeks in winter of such schooling as the times afforded, and perhaps ten more in summer, made up the sum total of the advantages for education which the locality furnished its children. That young Temple was not satisfied with these advantages we know. That he was not able to procure better ones early or soon appears evident from the fact that he did not graduate from Dartmouth College until he was twenty-eight years old, in 1794, and that he was not ready to practice his chosen profession of law until just before his death, at thirty-six years. Beyond a doubt he had to work his own way, earning the means of paying his collegiate education, as he did afterwards that necessary for his professional education, by teaching.

Whether he was a man of talents does not appear, but he must have been one of energy, perseverance, and industry. After graduation, he came back to his native town, and taught the town school in 1795 and 1796, and, so far as we can learn, with good success.

He read law with Jonathan Fay, Esq. While here he was one of the petitioners to the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Massachusetts for a charter to the Corinthian Lodge, and was its first secretary in 1797, junior warden in 1798, senior warden in 1799. He was chosen into the Circle in 1798.

He left for Cambridge about 1801, and commenced law business. He lived only a short time there. Notwithstanding that Shattuck, in his history of Concord, and Surette, in his sketch of the Corinthian Lodge, affirm that he died March 10, 1802, aged thirty-five years, it appears from Dr. Ripley's private record that he died at Cambridge a year after, March 10, 1803, of bilious colic, and was buried at Concord.

Neither record nor tradition enables us to go largely into his character. That he was an upright young man, earnest in his desire to gain an education and faithful in his labor, who died just as he commenced the practice of his chosen profession, is the whole that we can add to this brief memoir. 

(J.S. Keys, 1888)

Memoirs of the Members of the Concord Social Circle - Memoir on James Temple

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