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Masonic Scottish Rite Mourning Badge for Thomas A. Doyle (1827-1886)
Maker not marked, probably Rhode Island
Silver bullion; silver; net
overall: 3-1/2"h x 2-3/4"w x 1/2"d
Gift of the Supreme Council, 33º, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, U.S.A.

Masonic Scottish Rite mourning badge for Thomas A. Doyle; black net, sequins, silver bullion and silver, reads "T. A. Doyle / 33 / A.A.S.R." Crown and wreath at top.

Thomas A. Doyle was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1827. He worked as a clerk and later as a stockbroker and real estate auctioneer. In the 1850s he began 18 years of service on the Providence School Committee. Doyle was elected Mayor of Providence in June 1864, serving until 1869 and later serving two more terms from 1870 to 1881 and from 1884 until his death in June 1886. Between his second and third terms as Mayor, he was elected to the state senate. He served as Grand Master of Rhode Island for seven years. Doyle married Almyra Sprague in 1869; the couple had no children. For further information, see Hamilton, John D., "Material Culture of the American Freemasons," 1994, p. 254-255.