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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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