14 Presidents of the United States have also been members of the Freemasons. While Masonry has a number of negative connotations, due to its secrecy and arcane lingo, there's no doubt that the organization has had a real impact on American history. Beyond the many presidents who held Masonic ranks, a number of other important figures have as well. Quite a few Senators and Congressmen were Masons, as were some of the Founding Fathers, many judges, business leaders, military figures, athletes, and even astronauts.
Despite a large amount of organized opposition to Masonry, many Freemason presidents were outward and public with their membership, or at least as public as possible. Several, including Harry Truman and Gerald Ford, attained the highest rank possible in Masonry, the coveted 33rd Degree. There are also a number of Masonic symbols associated with US government and currency, including the layout of Washington D.C.'s streets - designed by an architect who was a Mason.The association of so many presidents with the Freemasons has prompted a number of conspiracy theories, but few, if any, have any compelling evidence to support them.
As a 20-year-old planter, young George Washington became a Master Mason, the highest beginning rank in the organization. He was later elected Worshipful Master of Alexandria Lodge No. 22. Additionally, the Bible Washington used when sworn in was from the St. John’s Lodge No. 1, of the Ancient York Masons.
That Bible has since been used by a number of other presidents.
Age: Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)
Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Westmoreland County, + more
Date Born: 1732
V.P.: John Adams
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Age: Dec. at 73 (1758-1831)
Birthplace: Monroe Hall, Virginia, United States of America
Date Born: 1758
V.P.: Daniel D. Tompkins
Profession: Politician, Farmer, Lawyersee more on James Monroe
Age: Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)
Date Born: 1767
V.P.: Martin Van Buren, John C. Calhoun
Profession: Prosecutor, Judge, Politician, Soldier, Farmersee more on Andrew Jackson
Age: Dec. at 54 (1795-1849)
Birthplace: Pineville, North Carolina, United States of America
Date Born: 1795
V.P.: George M. Dallas
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