William Blackstone Hubbard

William Blackstone Hubbard

New York, USA
Death 5 Jan 1866 (aged 70)
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Burial Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section C, Lot 28
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Lawyer, State Legislator and Banker.
Nineteenth Grand Master of Masons in Ohio - 1850-1853.

Hon. William Blackstone Hubbard died at his residence, in this city, at about thirty minutes after twelve o'clock on Thursday night. He did not revive for a moment from the unconscious state in which he was found on Wednesday morning. The time at which funeral services will take place has not been definitely fixed, but it is thought he will be buried on Sunday under the direction of the Masonic fraternity, of which body he was a prominent member.
Mr. Hubbard was, at the time of his death, over seventy years of age. Many of our readers recollect the pleasant surprise that came to him on his birthday, in August last, with the present from his son marked, "Three Score and Ten."
As an eminent lawyer, as a legislator, and as a financier, he has been so intimately connected with the history of our city that it seems scarcely necessary to refer at length to the incidents of his life. He came to this State at an early period, from New York, and established himself in the practice of his profession at St. Clairsville. In the session of 1881 he represented Belmont County in the General Assembly, and was
elected Speaker of the House.
He came to Columbus about ten years afterwards and almost immediately became identified with the financial interests of the city. He was, for some time, president of the Columbus Savings Institution, which afterwards converted into the City Bank. He was, we believe, the first president of the Exchange Bank, Inc., under Kelley's Banking Law. In 1863 he organized the First National Bank of this city, one of the first banks in the State organized under that law.
He was very prominent in the Masonic fraternity. He was Grand Master for the State of Ohio from 1850 to 1853. In 1847 he was elected Grand Master of the Knights Templar of the United
States, and served in that capacity for nine successive years. In 1842 he was made Grand High Priest, of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio, holding place for five successive years.
Of Mr. Hubbard's habits as a student, and of his scholarly attainments, we have spoken before, an among those who met him every day, it would be superfluous to refer particularly in incidents with which they are all familiar.
Mr. Hubbard's family consists of the wife and five children, three sons and two daughters. One of the sons is well-known as the cashier of the Bank of which his father was president; another is a resident of London, and the other of this city. One of the daughters, the wife of Mr. Ira Hutcheson, is a resident of
this city, and the other, Mrs. Dr. Bliss, lives in New York.

(Copied from the Columbus Morning Journal, Vol. XXVIII, No. 147, Saturday, January 6, 1866)


Hon. William B. Hubbard, Past Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge of Ohio, and Past Grand High Priest and Grand Master of Knights Templar of the United States, was buried yesterday with all the honors paid by the bodies over which he had presided to their highest offices and with all the demonstrations of respect paid by the people to a worthy and influential citizen.
The morning train from London brought to the city the Masonic lodges of that place and West Jefferson; the lodges at other places near were represented, and John D. Caldwell, Grand Secretary of the Masonic Lodge of Ohio, was present from Cincinnati.
The funeral ceremonies or services took place at the residence of the family at 2 p.m., Rev. Mr. Richards, of Trinity Church, conducted the religious services; Rev. D. A. Randall read a biographical sketch of the deceased, and the Masonic ceremonies were performed under the direction of Mr. Thomas Sparrow, Grand Master for the State of Ohio. The crowd in attendance was very large, and the services throughout were very impressive, and the ceremonies imposing. The body was encased in a rich burial case, ornamented with the escutcheons of the two orders, the top being of plate glass so that the entire form was visible. The guard of honor consisted of a number of Knights in full costume.
The procession moved from the residence to Green Lawn Cemetery, where the ceremonies were conducted and the body consigned to the grave.

(Copied from the Columbus Morning Journal, Vol. XXVIII, No. 149, Monday, January 8, 1866)

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