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
Gunning Bedford Jr.
William Richardson Davie
John Lansing Jr.
Masonic Signers of the Constitution
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