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Famous Freemasons from History

GEORGE WASHINGTON

The first President of the United States, George Washington was initiated as a Freemason in 1752. He graduated to Master Mason in less than a year and performed Masonic rites when he laid the cornerstone of the Capitol in 1793. He received a Masonic funeral; even today, Masons take pilgrimages to his tomb at Mount Vernon.

J EDGAR HOOVER

One of the Freemason’s most dedicated members was the founder of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover. He was a Master Mason by 25 years old, became a 33rd-degree Inspector General Honorary in 1955, the highest level in Freemasonry.

HARRY S TRUMAN

Harry S. Turman was the 33rd President of the United States. For the second time in the 169 year history of the United States of America, a Past Grand Master of Masons was elevated to the office of President. He was made a Mason in Belton Lodge No.450, of Missouri, March 9, 1909, and served as Junior Warden in 1910. In 1911, he organized Grandview Lodge No.618 and served as its first Worshipful Master.

ANDREW JOHNSON

Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States.He received the degrees in Greenville Lodge No.119 at Greenville, Tennessee in 1851; was Knighted in Nashville Commandery No.1, Nashville, Tennessee, July 26, 1859, and, the First President to become a Scottish Rite Mason.

WINSTON CHURCHILL

This two-time British Prime Minister had family history with the Masons and was a member of Studholme Mason Lodge No. 1591 in England. Initiated in 1901, he had little to do with Freemasonry outside casual social engagements and resigned from the lodge in 1912.

FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT

The former Governor of New York and 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt became an Honorary Grand Master of the Order of DeMolay in a ceremony that took place at the White House.

WARREN G HARDING

Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President of the United States.He was initiated in Marion Lodge No.70, Marion, Ohio, June 28,1901, when thirty-six years of age, but was not passed until August 13, 1920, nineteen years later. He was raised August 27, 1920. Albert Pike Lodge No.36, Washington, D.C., made him an Honorary Member and presented him with a Gold Membership Card at the White House May 4, 1921.

ANDREW JACKSON

The 7th President, 1829 – 1837 Andrew Jackson was a freemason from Harmony Lodge No. 1, Nashville, Tennessee and an Honorary Member of Federal Lodge No. 1, F. & A.M., Washington, D.C.

JAMES K POLK

James Knox Polk was the 11th President of the United States. Initiated in Columbia Lodge No. 31, Columbia, Tennessee, June 5, Passed August 7, and raised September 4, 1820. In October he was he was elected Junior Deacon, and Junior Warden December 3, 1821, but there is no record of his having been Master. In 1825 he received the Royal Arch Degree in Lafayette Chapter No. 4, Columbia, Tennessee. June 24, 1840.

HENRY FORD

Henry Ford was an American industrialist. Ford was raised in Palestine Lodge No. 357 in Detroit, Michigan. In 1940, when Ford received his 33rd degree he stated ``Masonry is the best balance wheel the United States has.``

LYNDON B JOHNSON

Lyndon Baines Johnson (; August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th president of the United States from 1963 to 1969. Formerly the 37th vice president from 1961 to 1963, he assumed the presidency following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

JAMES MONROE

James Monroe was the 5th President of the United States. He was born on April 28, 1758, in Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia. He was admitted as a member of Williamsburg Lodge No.6, Williamsburg, Va. On November 9, 1775, he was “preferred, received and balloted for; passed and accepted and entered an apprentice.

WILLIAM MCKINLEY JR

William McKinley Jr. (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901) was the 25th president of the United States. He was made a Mason in Hiram Lodge No.21, of Winchester, Virginia. He was elected and initiated May 1st; passed May 2nd; and raised May 3 rd, 1865. He demitted the same day he was raised, affiliating with Canton Lodge No.60, of Canton, Ohio, August 21, 1867, Only to become a Charter member on June 2, 1869, of Eagle Lodge No.431.

JAMES BUCHANAN

James Buchanan was the 15th President of the United States. At twenty-three years of age, he petitioned Lodge No.43 (the lodge had no name) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and was elected and initiated December 11, 1816; both passed and raised on January 24, 1817. He was elected Junior Warden December 13, 1920; Master December 23, 1822, and was installed March 12, 1823. He was appointed First District Deputy Grand Master for Lancaster, Lebonon and York Counties.

JOHN HANCOCK

John Hancock was an American Founding Father, merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He became a member of the Masonic Lodge of St. Andrew in October 1762, which connected him with many of Boston's most influential citizens.

GERALD R FORD, Jr

Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr., was the 38th President of the United States. He was initiated into Masonry in Malta Lodge No.465, Grand Rapids, Michigan, on September 30, 1949. Columbia Lodge No.3 of the District of Columbia conferred the Fellowcraft and Master Mason degrees as a courtesy to Malta Lodge No.465. He became a Master Mason on May 18, 1951..

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

Theodore Roosevelt was also a Freemason. He joined the Fraternity as an already-established man at the age of forty-two in 1901, the year he began his service as President of the United States. As President he was known to visit Masonic Lodges during his travels across the country and the world.

WILLIAM H. TAFT

William Howard Taft was the 27th President of the United States.Unique among Masonic Presidents, he was made a Mason “at sight,” at Cincinnati, Ohio, February 18, 1909, in an Emergent Lodge called together for the purpose. At five O’clock in the afternoon Grand Mast Charles S Hoskinson personally administered the obligations and esoteric instructions. That evening Taft witnessed the Master’s degree conferred by Kilwinning Lodge No.356, of Cincinnati.

JAMES A GARFIELD

James A Garfield was the 20th President of the United States. Initiated November 19, 1861, in Magnolia Lodge No.20, Columbus, Ohio. Passed two weeks later, he waited almost three years (due to military service) for his raising, November 22, 1864, in Columbus Lodge No.30, Columbus, Ohio, by request of his mother Lodge. He demitted August 1, 1865, and joined Garrettsville Lodge No.246, Garrettsville, Ohio, October 10, 1866, serving as Chaplain in 1868-69.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

Benjamin Franklin was an American polymath who was active as a writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher and political philosopher. Franklin was initiated into Masonry in 1731; in February meeting of St. John's Lodge in Philadelphia. He was freemason for the next 60 years; he lived and wrote and practiced the principles of the Order.