M.W.G.M. Earl J. Harrison
Most Worshipful Grand Master, Earl James Harrison was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He graduated from George Washington High School in June of 1962. He served in United States Navy, from 1965 through 1969, where he was honorably discharged as an ETN-2. On December 6, 1969 he married Viola Austin, and this union was blessed with three beautiful children and four plus grandchildren.
As a lifelong resident of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Most Worshipful Brother Harrison had several employers – Allis Chalmers Inc., from 1962 – 1965; US Navy, from 1965 – 1969; Harnischfeger Corp. (P&H), from 1969 – 1989; and General Mills Inc. from 1989 to his retirement in May 2007.
Grand Master Harrison has a passion for youth and has been involved in youth sports in the Cedar Rapids community, coaching Little League Baseball; serving as Head coach, Assistant Coach, and Executive Board Member for the Metro Youth Football Association from 1981 – 1990 and 2007 – Present. He also has served as a member of the Linn County Democratic Central Committee.
Grand Master Harrison was raised as a Master Mason on April 15, 1973, in Mt. Olive Lodge #17 F. & A.M., Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was elected Junior Warden and progressed through the line until subsequently being elected Worshipful Master, in which capacity he served two times for several years each.
He also enjoyed the distinction of becoming a Grand Lodge Officer – progressing again through the line until subsequently being elected Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of Iowa and Jurisdiction, Inc. on July 16, 2016.
Other Masonic bodies:
In A. G. Clark Consistory #68, Valley of Waterloo, Orient of Iowa, Sublime Prince Harrison 320 served as the Commander-In- Chief for several years.
In Bashir Temple #156, Oasis of Waterloo, Desert of Iowa, Noble Harrison served for several years as Illustrious Potentate.