The Imperial Supreme Council, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Masons
International Jurisdiction, Incorporated
In 1807, Joseph Cerneau was the only person in America holding a 33rd patent.
(P. 68, Folger's Hist.)
His patents and authority to found the Rite in this country were fully
investigated and approved before DeWitt Clinton, Cadwallader D. Colden and other
eminent lawyers, then officers of the Grand Lodge of New York, created the body
The Grand Orient of France in 1816 fully acknowledged the legal status of the
bodies thus created by Joseph Cerneau, and appointed him its representative near
the Supreme Council of the United States, and Germain Hacquet was appointed
representative of the U. S. Council, near the Grand Orient. These two
representatives acted for their respective bodies until 1827.
Supreme Council for France and its possessions, O. of Paris, Sept. 3d, 1862,
E. V. states,“We have the favor to answer the communication which you have
addressed to us, with a view of establishingfraternal relations between the Sup.
Con. of Grand Ins. G. 33d. U. S. A. Scottish Rite, sitting at New York, and the
G. O. of France, Sup. Con. of France and the French Possessions, sitting at
Bro. De Bulow was voted a Sovereign Grand Inspector by the Supreme Council of
France on June 9, 1860. Bro. DeBulow was named representative of the Hayes
Council, introduced to the body by Bro. Seymour. Bro. De Bulow, Sovereign
Inspector General of the Supreme Council of France, established the Supreme
Council of the United States of America – Western Masonic Jurisdiction in the
city of New York.
On November 30, 1864, with the silent acquiescence of the Hayes Council to
which he was fraternally bound, Baron De Bulow established the Supreme Council
of the United States with himself as Most Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander,
On October 17, 1897, the two merged bodies were incorporated in Washington,
D.C., under the corporate name of “The National Supreme Council of Grand
Inspector Generals (SIC) of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Thirty-Third
Degree for North America”
On August 10, 1957, seceded from and repudiated membership in the Supreme
Council of the United States resuscitated the name, and after conferring the
33rd Degree on three Sublime Prince to form a Council of the Great Nine.
On the same date reestablished it as an independent body, under the name of the
Supreme Council of the United States of America – Western Jurisdictionfiled with
the office of Corporations of the District of Columbia, on August 12, 1957.
On August 18, 1988 in the State of Arkansas, Office of the Secretary of
State, J. Edward Long, presented the Petition, asking that the Imperial Council
of the Ahura Grand Orient be declared a corporation under the provisions of Act
176 of 1963 of the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas, Arkansas Code
Annotated §4-28-201 et seg, which was granted under the provisions of Act 176 of
1963 of the Arkansas General Assembly.