December 29, 1891
Albert Pike died at the Scottish Rite Temple in Washington DC. Pike was a lawyer who played a major role in the development of the early courts of Arkansas and played an active part in the state’s politics prior to the Civil War. He also was a central figure in the development of Masonry in the state and later became a national leader of that organization. During the Civil War, he commanded the Confederacy’s Indian Territory, raising troops there and exercising field command in one battle. He also was a talented poet and writer.