William Kirkpatrick was a wealthy merchant of Lancaster; kept store on North Queen street, about the present No. 26. He was an Elder in the Presbyterian church. President of the Columbia Bank for two or three years, and a Director of the same for many years He was one of the incorporators of nearly all the turnpikes running into Lancaster. He was a man of the strictest integrity.
Brother Kirkpatrick was admitted a member of Lodge No. 43 on April to, 1790, and at once assumed an active position in the attairs and proceedings of the Lodge. In June, 1791. he was elected Junior arden, in which position he served until December, 1792, and from which position he was first elected Worshipful Master in June, 1793. He was twice elected Senior Warden, and six times chosen Worshipful Master of the Lodge. He was one of the most useful and active members ot the Lodge, and devoted much of his time and means to its we fare.
Bros. Wm, Kirkpatrick. Jere. Mosher and Wm. Hamilton were the first three members exalted at the formation ot Royal Arch Chapter. No. 43 in March, 1809, and Bro. Kirkpatrick was elected and served as the first High Priest of the new Chapter.
1. History of Lodge No. 43, F. & A. M. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, page 334.
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