Charles Clyde Hunt Priory 42 of the Knights of York Cross of Honour is an invitational Masonic body consisting of members who have served as the presiding officer of a Symbolic Lodge, and of each of the three York Rite bodies.
Charles Clyde Hunt, for whom this priory is named, was born on November 9, 1866 in Cleveland, Ohio. Hunt came to Iowa in 1869 with his family. After graduating from Grinnell College in 1892, Hunt started a career as a schoolteacher in Northfield, Minnesota. He returned to Iowa as the principal of the school in Cherokee, Iowa.
Later, he returned to Grinnell, where he served as the Treasurer for Poweshiek County. In 1917, Hunt moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to serve as the Deputy Grand Secretary for the Grand Lodge of Iowa AF&AM. In 1925, Hunt became the Grand Secretary for the Grand Lodge of Iowa AF&AM.
Hunt was known as a prolific Masonic writer of world renown while serving as the editor of the Grand Lodge Bulletin, authoring several books on Masonic symbolism, and co-authoring the two-volume series: A History of the Cryptic Rite.
Hunt served as Worshipful Master of Lafayette Lodge 52 in Montezuma, Iowa; as High Priest of Hyssop Chapter in Malcom, Iowa; and Eminent Commander of Apollo Commandery 26 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He also served as the Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Iowa in 1919 to 1920, and was a charter member of the National Masonic Research Association.
Additionally, Hunt served the KYCH as Grand Master-General from 1944 to 1945.
Charles Clyde Hunt laid down the working tools of life on 24 July 1948.
Membership is by invitation only, and requires that one has served in each of the following:
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