WILLIAM HENRY LAMBERT

47th Grand Master of Masons in Virginia

Most Worshipful William Henry Lambert

Past Grand Master William Henry Lambert was called to the Celestial Lodge above, dying on the seventh day of December, 1907, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. R. D. Marshall, in Alexandria, in which city he was born on April 10, 1830.

Until his retirement from active life, he had been one of the best and most well-known business men in Alexandria, and had been a Mason for over fifty years, having been raised to the sublime degree in historic Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, on May 22, 1857. His interest in the institution commenced with his initiation, and within three years after being raised he became Worshipful Master of his Lodge, holding the office for no less than seven years. His zeal for the institution, his wise counsel and his earnest work soon called him to a position in the Grand Lodge; and in 1873 he became Grand Master of Masons in Virginia and he was also Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Virginia in 1877-79.

Brother Lambert's life was one of singular worth and beauty. He never sought public office, but was noted for his excellent business habits and for high standing as a man of rectitude and virtue - honored and respected and beloved by his whole community. Until the infirmities of age prevented active work he was one of the most constant attendants at the meetings of his Lodge and he carried the principles of the Institution into his daily walk and conversation. He loved to dwell upon the beauties of Freemasonry, and upon his death bed his lips murmured Masonic teachings, and just before the end he told the watchers at his bedside that he had seen the gates of the Celestial City opened before him and caught a glimpse of the glories and beauties which he fain would have described, but unconsciousness sealed his lips and the rest was silence, until, having shaken off the encumbering clay, the vision which he saw became a reality and he entered to receive the Master's plaudit of "Well done, good and faithful servant."

The Grand Lodge of Virginia mourns in his loss an honored and faithful and virtuous brother.

(G. L. P. 1908, p. 67 & 68.)