He Pioneered Freemasonry in Dallas
2018 marks the 170th year since Tannehill Masonic Lodge was established in what is now Dallas, Texas. Over the next few months we will highlight some of the Masonic and civic pioneers of this great City.
It is only fitting that we start with Brother John M. Crockett. Brother Crockett served as the first and second Master of Tannehill Lodge from 1848 - 1850 while operating under dispensation. He along with 5 other Masons brought Freemasonry to the fledgling town. Brother Crockett was seen as the leading spirit in the organization of the lodge.
Brother Crockett was a very active Freemason, lending much of his time and talents to promote its interest and welfare. Aside from serving Tannehill Masonic Lodge he also served the Grand Lodge of Texas as District Deputy Grand Master in 1859 and 1860. He was a charter member of Dallas Chapter No. 47 Royal Arch Masons, serving in their highest office from 1860 - 1862. He was a Charter member of Dallas Commandery No. 6 Knights Templar and served as Eminent Commander in 1870. He served the Grand Commandery of Texas as Grand Captain General in 1862.
He arrived in Dallas in 1847 and immediately began impacting the community. He opened a law practice and served as Deputy County Clerk his first year in town. Brother Crockett served as the second Mayor of Dallas Texas from 1857-1858, and served two more terms from 1859-1861 and 1865-1866. He served the county as a representative to the State Legislature from 1851-1853. And, he served the State as Lieutenant Governor from1861-1863.
Brother Crockett passed away on August 4th, 1887 and was buried by his Brothers in the Tannehill Masonic Lodge Cemetery (Pioneer Cemetery) in Downtown Dallas. Crockett Street in Downtown Dallas bears his name.
It is a testament to the importance of Freemasonry in the lives of our ancestors that they dedicated their time and efforts to form a Masonic Lodge before Dallas was chartered as a city. The Brothers of Tannehill Masonic Lodge wish to share our gratitude to our forefathers for bringing Masonry to Dallas, and developing this great City.