Born in the suburbs of New Haven, Connecticut from parents who fled their native Italy for political reasons, the Conte spent his youthful years in idle ennui before discovering the mysteries of Freemasonry.
several short but intensive years in American Masonry, he discovered a
set of documents from the Continent in some old trunks his parents had
managed to smuggle out of the country. Translating them, he discovered
the workings of an older Masonic Rite, which had fallen into disuse. He
has been working to modernize that Rite for the benefit of Freemasons