Freemasonry A Celebration of the Craft (1)
Edward VII (1841-1910)
As Prince of Wales he was Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England from 1875-1901.
Edward VIII (1894-1972)
After a reign of less than one year, he abdicated in 1936 to marry Mrs. Simpson and was created Duke of Windsor. He was Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England in 1936.
Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)
American statesman, scientist and philosopher. He began his working life as a printer at Philadelphia, where in 1727 he established the future American Philosophical Society. His many inventions and public improvements included street lighting, a heating stove and the lightning rod. He was instrumental in framing the Declaration of Independence, gained French support for the colonists, and negotiated the Peace Treaty with Britain in 1781. He was initiated in 1731 in St. John's Lodge, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was always an enthusiastic Mason.
George VI (1895-1952)
He succeeded to the throne when his brother abdicated in 1936. From his initiation in Naval Lodge No. 2612, in 1919, he was an enthusiastic Mason: in 1936 he was installed as Grand Master of Scotland, and in 1938 accepted the rank of Past Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England. Between 1939 and 1948 he personally installed three Grand Masters.
Hoban, James (1762-1831)
American architect who design and built both the original White House (1792-1800) and its replacement after the War of 1812. He was a founder of Federal Lodge No. 1 at Washington, D.C.
Marquis de (Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier) LaFayette became a member of the Legislative Assembly of France after the fall of Napoleon, and was active in Freemasonry and various liberal secret societies.
Marshall, John (1775-1835)
As Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1801-1835, he shaped the court to become the final authority on questions of constitutionality. Member of Richmond Lodge No. 13, Richmond, Virginia.
Pike, Albert (1809-1891)
American lawyer, author and soldier. After service as a Confederate General in the Civil War, he devoted his life to advancing the cause of the Scottish Rite. From 1859 until his death he was Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, and not only rewrote all the rituals but established the theoretical basis and determined the whole ethos of the Rite.
Washington, George (1732-1799)
Monroe, James, (1758-1831)
Fifth President, 1817-1825. He was initiated in Williamsburg Lodge No. 6 at Williamsburg, Virginia, when he was hardly 18 years of age. He stopped studying and left for the battle front. He became Fellowcraft and Master in a military Lodge during the war.
Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)
Seventh President, 1829-1837. He received the three Craft degrees in Harmony Lodge No. 1, at Nashville, Tennessee. He was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee, October, 1822-October 1824. Honorary member of Federal Lodge No. 1, at Washington, D.C., he was also a Royal Arch Mason.
Polk, James Knox (1795-1849)
Eleventh President, 1845. Initiated, passed and raised in 1820 in Columbia Lodge No. 21, Columbia, Tennessee. He was Junior Deacon in 1820 then Junior Warden of that same lodge. He was also a member of Mark and Royal Arch.
Buchanan, James (1791-1868)
Fifteenth President, 1857-1861. Initiated on December 11, 1816 in Lancaster Lodge No. 43, at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, passed and raised in 1817. Junior Warden in 1821 and 1822, then Worshipful Master in 1825. Became life member in 1858; he was also Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.
Johnson, Andrew (1808-1875)
Seventeenth President, 1865-1869, who succeeded Lincoln. He was initiated, passed and raised in Greenville Lodge No. 19, at Greenville Tennessee, in 1851. A Knight Templar, he was also the first President who took up the degrees of the Scottish Rite in which he received the 32° in June 1867.
Garfield, James Abram (1731-1881)
Twentieth President in 1881. He was initiated on November 19, 1864 in Columbus Lodge No. 246, at Garrettsville, Ohio, passed the same year and raised in 1864. He was Chaplain in 1868 and 1869. He was also a member of Pentalpha Lodge No. 23, at Washington, D.C., of the Mark and Royal Arch, and of the Scottish Rite, and he was a Knight Templar.
McKinley, William (1843-1901)
Twenty-fifth President, 1897-1901. Initiated in Hiram Lodge No. 21, at Winchester, Virginia, on May 1, passed on May 2, raised on May 5, 1865. He was affiliated with Canton Lodge No. 60 at Canton, Ohio. He was a member of Mark and Royal Arch, and a Knight Templar.
Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919)
Twenty-sixth President, 1901-1909. He was initiated on January 2, 1901, passed on March 27 and raised on April 24 same year in Matinecock Lodge No. 806, at Oyster Bay, New York State. Made honorary member of Pentalpha Lodge No. 23 at Washington, D.C., he took an active part in numerous Mason ceremonies.
Taft, William H. (1857-1930)
Twenty-seventh President, 1909-1913. He was also President of the Supreme Court of Justice in 1921. He was made a Mason 'at sight' on June 18, 1909, by Grand Master Charles S. Hoskinson. He was affiliated with Kilwinning Lodge No. 356, on April 14 at Cincinnati, Ohio, then made Honorary member of Crescent Lodge No. 25, at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Harding, Warren G. (1865-1923)
Twenty-ninth President, 1921-1923. He was initiated on June 18, passed on August 13 and raised on August 23, 1920. He became Honorary member of Albert Pike Lodge No. 36 at Washington, D.C., in 1921. He was also a member of the Mark and Royal Arch, a Knight Templar and 33° of the Scottish Rite, the first President who ever became a Shriner.
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano (1882-1945)
Thirty-second President, 1933-1945. He was initiated on October 11, passed on November 14, and raised on November 28, 1911, in Holland Lodge No. 8, New York City. Elected Honorary Member of Stansburg Lodge No. 24, at Washington, D.C.. He was present when his three sons were raised: Elliott on February 17, 1933, James and Franklin D. Jr. in November 1935, all of them in Architect Lodge No. 519, New York City. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite
Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972)
Thirty-third President, 1945-1953. He was initiated on February 9, and raised on March 18, 1909 in Belton Lodge No. 450, at Belton, Missouri. He served as Junior Warden of that Lodge, 1940-41. He was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, also a Knight Templar and a 33° in the Scottish Rite.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (19081973)
Thirty-sixth President, 1963-1969. He was initiated on October 30, 1937, in Johnson City Lodge No. 561, at Johnson City, Texas.
Ford, Gerald R. (19132006)
Thirty-eighth President, 1974-1977. He was initiated on September 30, 1949, in Malta Lodge, at Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was raised on May 18, 1951, in Colombia Lodge No. 3, at Washington, D.C., by proxy of Malta Lodge. He was awarded the Distinguished Achievements Medal in 1974.