November 1907

In November 1907, things changed. Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory no longer exist as the State of Oklahoma was born. Since American Masonic tradition asserted that only one Grand Lodge could exist in any given political division, there was a problem with two Grand Lodges in the new state. In 1907 a committee was appointed by each Territorial Grand Lodge to begin negotiations for merging the two jurisdictions.

An historic anomaly happened during the convention to merge the two. A motion was made to suspend the Masonic rules and elect Most Worshipful Henry Muldrow of Tishomingo Lodge #77, Grand Master of Indian Territory, to the office of Grand Master of the new Grand Lodge. In consequence of its passage, Most Worshipful William Moses Anderson was instructed to cast the entire vote for Muldrow, and he was elected by acclamation. This was a demonstration of the admiration and respect for this distinguished leader, and thus the last Grand Master of Indian Territory became the first Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of the State of Oklahoma. Muldrow was a civil engineer by trade and worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for some years.