Our Masonic Founding Fathers

In a time when travel was by horseback and sailing ship,
Masonry spread with amazing speed.

By 1731, when Benjamin Franklin joined the fraternity, there were already several lodges in the Colonies, and Masonry spread rapidly as America expanded west. In addition to Franklin, many of the Founding Fathers -- men such as George Washington, Paul Revere, Joseph Warren, and John Hancock -- were Masons. Masons and Masonry played an important part in the Revolutionary War and an even more important part in the Constitutional Convention and the debates surrounding the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Many of those debates were held in Masonic lodges.

William Elery, Rhode Island

Benjamin Franklin, Pennsylvania

John Hancock, Massachusetts

Joseph Hewes, North Carolina

William Hooper, North Carolina

Robert Paine, Massachusetts

Richard Stockton, New Jersey

George Walton, Georgia

William Whipple, New Hampshire

Signers of the Declaration of Independence

George Washington

James Monroe

Andrew Jackson

James Polk

James Buchanan

Andrew Johnson

James Garfield

William McKinley

Theodore Roosevelt

Howard Taft

Alexander Martin

Robert Morris

William Paterson

William Pierce

Charles Pinckney

Edmund Randolph

George Read

Roger Sherman

George Walton

Masonic Presidents

Abraham Baldwin

Gunning Bedford Jr.

John Blair

William Blount

David Brearley

Daniel Carroll

William Richardson Davie

Jonathan Dayton

Oliver Ellsworth

Benjamin Franklin

Elbridge Gerry

Refus King

John Langdon

John Lansing Jr.

James McHenry

James Madison

Warren Harding

Harry Truman

Franklin Roosevelt

Gerald Ford

Masonic Signers of the Constitution

Masonic Patriots

John Blair                                             1732-1800

 

Benjamin Franklin                            1706-1790, statesman, diplomat, author, scientist and printer

 

Francis Scott Key                              Wrote our National Anthem

 

John Hancock                                    1737-1793, merchant, politician and Revolutionary leader

 

Rufus King                                           1755-1827, politician and diplomat

 

Henry Knox                                         1750-1806, American Revolutionary soldier and public official

 

George Mason                                  1725-1792, American Revolutionary statesman

 

James Otis                                           1725-1783, Famous for "Taxation without representation is tyranny"

 

Thomas Paine                                    1737-1809, English-born American author & Revolutionary leader

 

Peyton Randolph                              1735-1818, American silversmith, engraver and Revolutionary patriot

 

Paul Revere

 

Joseph Warren

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