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John Jordan Upchurch
JJ Upchurch
March 26, 1820 - 1887
Upchurch, a mechanic who worked for the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad, founded the Ancient Order of United Workmen in Meadville, Pennsylvania on 27 October 1868. At its height it numbered approximately 320,000 members
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Source: "Many Fraternal Groups Grew From Masonic Seed" (Part 2 — 1860-1920) by Barbara Franco (Executive Director, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission) The Northern Lights, November 1985. His masonic membership has not been confirmed by any masonic body. Also see : "a photograph of the casket of Father J. J. Upchurch, the organization's founder, as he lay in state at the Masonic Hall in St. Louis, Missouri, 23 January 1887." Collection 1975-005 Department of Special Collections and University Archives McFarlin Library. University of Tulsa. 2933 E. 6th st. Tulsa, OK. www.lib.utulsa.edu, accessed 2007/09/23.

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