Henry Champion was the second treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Connecticut. He held that office from May 14, 1790 to May 9, 1821. [1]

Henry Champion (March 16, 1751 – July 13, 1836) was born to Colonel Henry Champion and Deborah Brainard. [2]

Henry Champion entered into service in the Continental Army at the Lexington Alarm. He served as Ensign for 22 days before being promoted to 2nd Lieutenant of the Eighth Company, Second Regiment on April 26, 1775. In May, he became a 1st Lieutenant of the same. He was one of the men who fought at Bunker Hill. January 1776 be was again promoted to Adjutant on the staff of Col. Samuel Wyllys. One year later, on January 1, 1777, he was commissioned a captain in the 3rd Connecticut Regiment. [2]

July 15, 1779, Captain Champion was detached from his old regiment and appointed Acting Major of the First Battalion Light Brigade. The Light Brigade had been organized by General George Washington to attempt the capture of Stony Point on the Hudson. The corps was composed of men picked from all regiments and under direct command of General Washington. The 3rd Connecticut Regiment was consolidated with the 4th Connecticut Regiment into the 1st Connecticut Regiment on January 1, 1781. Champion resigned his commission in the 1st Connecticut Regiment on May 1, 1781 when he was appointed commissary general of the Eastern Department. He served until the close of the Revolutionary War. He was an original member of the Connecticut Society of the Cincinnati. [2]

1. “Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Connecticut” (Hartford, CT: R. S. Peck & Co., 1907) pp. 275 & 275
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Champion_(general)

A black and white photograph of the original painting of General Henry Champion, taken by Christopher J Fernandes on June 1, 2008.

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