Past Most Worshipful GrandMaster – C. Portfield Harris
C. Portfield Harris, affectionately known as “CP”, was born in our neighboring state of Maryland, in a town called Harve de Grace. He moved to Delaware and was educated in the Wilmington Public School System.
Upon graduation, he went on to attend Hampton Institute (now University). There, he distinguished himself in athletics and oratorical contests. He played quarterback, and in 1931 led his team to the CIAA Championship. Past Grand Master Harris also traveled with the famous Hampton Quartet, introducing them before their performances.
His usual vocation was that of an educator. He taught science at Bancroft Junior and Howard High school for a total of 32 years. Teaching was so much a part of his life that even after retirement, he continued to teach. He worked in both the parochial school system and the adult education system through James H. Groves High School.
Because of his commitment, Past Grand Master Harris was appointed by then Governor Russell W. Peterson, in 1970, to serve on the Council on Adult Corrections. He also became a member of the Wilmington Advisory Council on the Aging.
His Masonic career began in Star in the East Lodge #1, where he became Worshipful Master. He also was a member of Corinthian Consistory #5, where he served as their secretary. In 1961, he was awarded the honorary 33rd degree of Masonry. Other Masonic affiliations include Suakim Temple #60 (where he was a past Potentate), and Past Grand Patron of St. Matthew’s Grand Chapter, OES. He served as Most Worshipful GrandMaster of Mason for the Most Worshipful prince Hall Grand Lodge of the State of Delaware from 1958-62.
Most Worshipful Harris was a member of Central Baptist Church, where he served in several capacities: deacon, church treasurer, trustee, choir member, and Vacation Bible school teacher.