From the Wise Master (June, 2008)

posted May 2, 2015, 7:49 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 2, 2015, 8:41 PM ]

Masonic Influence on Independence Day

As we approach the month of July, our thoughts turn to the celebrations on the 4th of July, the birthday of the United States of America. The Masonic influences in the establishment of this nation become apparent by reviewing the Masonic affiliation of the founding fathers.
Some of the greatest names of the American Revolution were Masons, namely Ethan Allen, Edmund Burke, John Claypoole, William Daws, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, John Paul Jones, Robert Livingston, Paul Revere, Colonel Benjamin Tupper, and George Washington. Also, evidence of Masonic connections does exist for Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Daniel Webster. Fifteen of fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence were Freemasons or probable Freemasons.
Nine signers of the Constitution were Masons. Evidence of membership or affiliation for thirteen other signers does exist. Six additional signers later became Masons making 28 of 40 signers of the Constitution Freemasons!
Some other Masonic influences in early American History were:
  • The majority of the commanders of the Continental Army were Freemasons and members of "Army Lodges."
  • Most of Washington's Generals were Freemasons.
  • The Boston Tea Party was planned at the Green Dragon Tavern, also known as the " “Freemasons' Arms," and "the Headquarters of the Revolution."
  • Robert Livingston, Grand Master of New York’s Masonic Lodge, swore in George Washington as the first President of the United States.  The Bible on which he took his oath was from his own Masonic Lodge.
  • The Grand Lodge of Maryland laid the Cornerstone of the Capital building.
Past history gives Freemasons much to be proud of because this Nation’s government was structured by the tenets of Freemasonry!

Hal Leister, 32°
Wise Master