On a Pedestal, 3

Mount Peace Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mount Peace Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

To the right of the gates of the Mount Peace Cemetery at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, stands an impressive monument to James Bartram Nicholson.  The elegant bronze statue of Nicholson shows him wearing a long frock coat.  He holds papers in one hand.  The only symbol found on the monument are the three interlocking rings, one of the most common symbols for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  The reason for this impressive monument is spelled out on the plaques on the front and back of the granite base.

The plaque on the front of the monument reads:

ERECTED AND DEDICATED MAY 10, 1913 BY THE

INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS

OF PENSYLVANIA

IN MEMORY OF

JAMES BARTRAM NICHOLSON

PAST GRAND SIRE OF SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE

PAST GRAND MASTER AND GRAND SECRETARY

OF GRAND LODGE OF 1.O.O.F. OF PENNSYLVANIA

IN RECOGNITION OF HIS VALUABLE SERVICES

IN BEHALF OF THE ORDER

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The plaque on the backside of the monument reads:

JAMES BARTRAM NICHOLSON

BORN IN ST. LOUIS MISSOURI 1820

INITIATED INTO CHOSEN FRIENDS LODGE NO. 100

APRIL 8, 1845

RECEIVED THE PATRIACHAL DECREES

IN MOUNT OLIVE ENCAMPMENT 1848

ADMITTED INTO GRAND LODGE 1848

ADMITTED INTO GRAND ENCAMPMENT 1849

GRAND WARDEN OF GRAND LODGE OF PENNSYLVANIA

MAY 1851

DEPUTY GRANS MASTER OF THE GRAND LODGE

1852

GRAND MASTER OF THE GRAND LODGE 1853

GRAND REPRESNTATIVE TO THE

SOVERIGN GRAND LODGE 1859

GRAND SIRE OF THE SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE OF THE UNITED STATES 1862

GRAND SECRETARY OF THE GRAND LODGE OF

PENNSYLVANIA JANUARY 1869

GRAND SCRIBE OF THE GRAND ENCAMPMENT OF

PENNSYLVANIA JANUARY 1869

DIED IN PHILADELPHIA PA MARCH 4 1901

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