become a Freemason
purpose of Masonry
fathers: America’s most famous Freemason, George Washington was
initiated in 1752, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Other founding fathers
who were also Masons include Benjamin Franklin, Marquis de Lafayette,
Robert R. Livingstone, John Hancock, and Aaron Burr.
presidents: Fourteen U.S. presidents are definitely known to have
been Freemasons: George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James
Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley,
Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D.
Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Gerald R. Ford.
and adventurers: Freemasons who blazed new trails include Davey
Crockett, Jim Bowie, Sam Houston, Christopher “Kit” Carson, Lewis and
Clark, Charles Lindbergh, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.
and medicine: Many Freemasons have played an important role on the
scientific and medical frontiers, among them Edward Jenner (discoverer
of the cure for smallpox), Joseph Lister (the man who pioneered the
concept of antiseptics in medicine), and Alexander Fleming (won the
Nobel Prize for his discovery of penicillin).
entertainers: The entire entertainment industry has had its share of
Masons, including the Ringling Brothers, jazz great William "Count"
Basie, John Wayne, Harry Houdini, Richard Pryor, and Mel Blanc.
Famous athletic Masons include “Sugar Ray” Robinson, Jack Dempsey,
John Elway, and Scottie Pippin.
Businessmen: Henry Ford, a titan of American industry, was a
Freemason. Ford shared the ties of Masonic brotherhood with Walter P.
Chrysler, Nathan Meyer Rothschild and John Jacob Astor, Charles Hilton,
Colonel Harland Sanders, and Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple
Statecraft: Masons have made great world leaders. Among them are Sir
Winston Churchill, Fiorello Laguardia, Kalakaua (King of Hawaii), and
many English kinds (including William IV, Edward VII, Edward VIII,
George IV, and George VI).
Rights leaders: Masons who’ve been active in the quest for equal
rights for all citizens of the United States include Booker T.
Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Thurgood Marshall, and Medger Evers.
letters: The world of art, music, and literature wouldn't be the
same if it weren’t for the contributions of the Masons Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart, Aleksander Pushkin, Jonathon Swift, Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle, Alex Haley, and Mark Twain.
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