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Montana Freemason  February 2013                         Volume 86 Number 1

  Sidney Edgerton (August 17, 1818 – July 19,            to the Baptist ministry and supported the temperance
                                                         movement. In 1876, the National Prohibition Party
                  1900) was a politician, lawyer, judge  nominated Smith for President of the United States,
                  and teacher from Ohio. Edgerton was    receiving 9,737 popular votes in the election. He
                  elected to the United States House of  continued his work in religion and temperance and
                  Representatives in 1858. During the    in 1890 became pastor of the Metropolitan Baptist
                  Civil War, Edgerton served in the      Church in Washington, D.C. which he served as until
                  Union Army as colonel. During this     his death in 1895. Smith was interred in Arlington
time, Edgerton also served as a U.S. Congressman.        National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln appointed him the first
Chief justice of the Idaho Territorial Court. Edgerton     Brother Smith was a member of Richmond Lodge
lobbied for the creation of separate territories. Out    No. 25 where he had served as Grand Orator. In 1867
of the Idaho Territory, in 1864, Abraham Lincoln         he affiliated with Virginia City No. 1.
appointed Edgerton as the first Territorial Governor
of Montana. He became a lawyer, and was involved           Samuel T. Hauser (January 10, 1833 - November
in both the Free Soil Party and the Republican Party.
He had a successful career as a politician, and after                       10, 1914) born at Falmouth,
his term ended in the Territory of Montana, Edgerton                        Kentucky. He moved to Missouri
returned to Ohio. He served as a lawyer in his home                         to work as a civil engineer, working
state until his death on July 19, 1900. He is buried in                     for various railroad companies. He
Tallmadge, Ohio.                                                            traveled west, arriving at Fort Benton
  Brother Edgerton was a member of Akron Lodge                              in June. In 1862, he had settled in
No. 83. He received the EA degree on June 23, 1858,                         Bannack. Along with N. P. Langford,
FC degree on July 20, 1858 and was raised to the         he organized a bank, S. T. Hauser and Company, in
degree of a Master Mason on August 24, 1858.             Virginia City in 1865. He organized the First National
  Green Clay Smith (July 4, 1826 – June 29, 1895)        Bank of Helena the following year, and opened Banks
                  born in Richmond, Kentucky. During     in Butte, Fort Benton, and Missoula. He was a member
                  the U.S.-Mexican War, he enlisted in   of the 1870 Washburn–Langford–Doane Expedition,
                  the Army, commissioned a second        active in efforts to preserve the Yellowstone area, and
                  lieutenant in the First Regiment of    his efforts helped see the creation of the Yellowstone
                  the Kentucky Volunteer Infantry        National Park. In 1893, the silver panic caused
                  on June 9, 1846. He graduated          his bank to fail. Hauser also became involved in
from Transylvania University in 1849, studied law        various mining companies. One of his largest mining
and was admitted to the bar in 1852, practicing in       businesses was the Helena and Livingston Smelting
Covington, Kentucky. From 1861 to 1863 Smith was         and Reduction Company. He joined with A. J. Davis
commissioned as a colonel of the Fourth Regiment of      and Granville Stuart to form the DHS Cattle Company,
the Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry. Smith was shot in the    which became the Pioneer Cattle Company in 1883.
knee in cavalry charge at Lebanon, Tennessee. He later   In 1907, the Hauser Dam was completed on the
advanced to brigadier general of volunteers on July 2,   Missouri River. Hauser was one of the most influential
1862. In 1862, Smith was elected an Unconditional        leaders of early Montana history. In 1884, he served as
Unionist to the thirty-eighth congress, resigning from   a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. In
his military post on December 1, 1863. He served as      July 1885, President Grover Cleveland appointed him
chairman of the Committee on Militia from 1865 to        as the governor of the Territory of Montana, but he
1866. He was brevetted major general of volunteers       resigned from the post after 18 months.
on March 13, 1865. Smith resigned from Congress in         Brother Samuel T. Hauser was a member of Helena
July 1866 when President Andrew Johnson appointed        Lodge No.3.
him Territorial Governor of Montana, which he
served as from 1866 to 1869. After he resigned, he                                                                          Page 11
moved to Washington, D.C. where he was ordained
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