Thomas Widley, born January 15, 1782.
Thomas Widley, died October 19, 1861.
He who realizes that the true mission of man on earth is to rise above the level of individual influence and to recognize the fatherhood of God overall and the brotherhood of man is nature's true nobleman.
The site for this monument was unanimously voted by the Mayor and City of Baltimore, Anno Domini MDCCCLXV.
This column erected by the joint contributions of the lodges, encampments and individual members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the United States of America and, jurisdiction thereunto belonging, commemorates the founding of the Order in the City of Baltimore on the 26th day of April 1819 by Thomas Wildey.