Lewis Cass Legacy Society
A legacy of giving
The Lewis Cass Legacy Society is made up of committed individuals who have placed the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation in their will or estate plan. The society, created by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan in 2000, welcomes all Brothers, sisters, and friends of Masonry to participate.
Upon joining the Society, members receive an introductory membership kit that includes a certificate of membership, a lapel pin, and a commemorative pen and pencil set. In addition, Lewis Cass Legacy Society members are honored at an annual black-tie dinner where members have the opportunity to meet one another and celebrate their commitment to leaving a personal, lasting impression in a bequest that will help secure the future of Michigan Masons for generations to come.
To date, over 500 people have made a planned gift commitment to the Foundation. Over $2.5 million dollars has been generously donated by members of the Lewis Cass Legacy Society to help empower Michigan Masons change lives through charity.
Lewis Cass was a man of action. He had pride for his country and felt great responsibility in taking a leadership role in the development of the United States. He was a brigadier general in the War of 1812 and served as the territorial governor of Michigan from 1813 to 1831. In fact, Cass spent 56 years as a diplomat and was named the Secretary of War by President Andrew Jackson. He was a United States Senator from Michigan and served as the Secretary of State under President Buchanan from 1857 to 1860.
As fate would have it, this important historical figure was the first Grand Master of Masons in Michigan, serving with distinction from 1826 to 1829. What better name to honor those who care so deeply for their fellow man and believe in the power of Masonry?
Lewis Cass died in 1866 in Detroit, Michigan, and was honored with a Masonic Service at his funeral.