A - Any of our nation’s early patriots were Freemasons--George Washington, the Marquis
de Lafayette, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Paul Revere, John Paul Jones, Rufus
King, James Otis, Baron von Steuben, and Joseph Warren--as were 13 signers of the
Constitution. Fourteen Presidents, beginning with Washington, and 18 Vice-Presidents
were Masons. Five Chief Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court--Oliver Ellsworth, John
Marshall, William Howard Taft, Frederick Vinson, and Earl Warren--were Freemasons,
and the ranks of Masonry have included a majority of Supreme Court Justices, of Governors
of States, of members of the U.S. Senate, and a large percentage of members of the
U.S. House of Representatives.
Famous Masons include Simon Bolivar, James Boswell, Robert Burns, Edward VII, Giuseppe
Garibaldi, George VI, Goethe, Rudyard Kipling, Haydn, Mozart, Will Rogers, Sir Walter
Scott, Jean Sibelius, Voltaire, and many others.
Today, the more than four million Freemasons around the world come from virtually
every occupation and profession. Within the Fraternity, however, they all meet as
equals. They come from diverse political ideologies, but they meet as friends. They
come from virtually every religious belief, but they all believe in one God.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Freemasonry has always been how so many men,
from so many different walks of life, can meet together in peace, never have any
political or religious d debates, always conduct their affairs in harmony and friendship,
and call each other “Brother.”
Q - Is Freemasonry a secret society? A - Members are encouraged to speak openly about
their membership. Like many other organizations, though, meetings of Lodges are held