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John Wanamaker
John Wanamaker
July 11, 1838 - December 12, 1922
An early pioneer in modern advertising, John Wanamaker was an American merchant and political figure, founding the first department store in Philadelphia in 1875, and serving as United States Postmaster General in 1889.
Wanamaker was made a Mason 'at sight' by the Grand Master of Pennsylvania on 30 March 1898. He served as the first chairman of the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania in 1908. The John Wanamaker Masonic Humanitarian Medal — awarded to a person who, being a non-mason, supports the ideals and philosophy of the Masonic Fraternity — was created by resolution of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania in 1993.
Friendship Lodge No. 400
Worshipful Master: 1905

Source: Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania records.

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