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Matthew McBlain Thomson
[Matthew Thomson]
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9 January 1854 - 13 September 1932
A masonic charlatan who, with Robert S. Spence and Herbert P. Jefferson, founded the American Masonic Federation on September 21, 1907. He falsely claimed to be authorized by charters issued by Mother Kilwinning Lodge No. 0 and the Supreme Council of Louisiana, although he did receive a certificate from Theodor Reuss, on 10 May 1919,
One time Master of Patna Bonnie Doon No. 565, Scotland, editor of the short-lived Scottish Freemason and Grand Orator for the Grand Lodge of Idaho in 1901, Thomson left regular Freemasonry to begin a career in selling masonic degrees.
Thomson and his associates—Thomas Perrot, Dominic Bergera and Robert Jamieson—were convicted at Salt Lake City Utah on May 5, 1922 on ten counts of using the mails to defraud. Each was sentenced to serve a term of two years in Fort Leavenworth Prison and pay a fine of $5,000, and costs, on each count—sentence to run concurrently.
With the exception of St. Louis Post Office Inspector Monte G. Price, a freemason in Illinois, no one involved in the case, neither judge, juryman nor attorney, was a freemason.
Initiated: 1874
"Glasgow Melrose St. John", Glasgow
Demitted:
Lodge Newton-on-Ayr St. James No. 125, Scotland
Affiliated: December 1, 1898
Demitted: November 1, 1906
King Solomon Lodge No. 27, Montpelier, Idaho

The Thomson Masonic Fraud. A study in clandestine masonry. by Isaac Blair Evans. Printed privately at Salt Lake City, Arrow Press, August 1922. plate facing p. 54. 16cm x 22cm 268pp.

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