Masonry is practiced worldwide
There are over 2 million Masons in North America and nearly 4
Freemasonry has no single spokesman
Freemasonry is made up of many individuals in numerous
organizations, all subordinate to the Grand Lodge within their
jurisdiction (i.e. state). None of these members or organizations
can speak for Freemasonry; that is the responsibility of each Grand
Lodge within its jurisdiction.
Freemasonry is made up of many organizations
Masonry has many groups, each with a special social, educational, or
philanthropic focus. A man becomes a Mason in his local lodge. Then
he can join any of the following "Appendant Bodies": the Scottish
Rite, York Rite (which includes the Royal Arch, Council and Knights
Templar), Shrine, Grotto, Tall Cedars, etc.
14 U.S. Presidents were Masons:
George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James
Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Teddy
Roosevelt, William Taft, Warren Harding, F. D. Roosevelt, Harry
Truman, and Gerald Ford.
Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence
Several were Freemasons.
Of the 55 members of the Constitutional Covenantion,
9 were Masons .
Mason Benjamin Franklin obtained finances and guns for the
from leading French Masons and the French government.
Major General Benjamin Lincoln of Revolutionary War fame,
who received the sword of Cornwallis in the surrender of Yorktown,
was initiated on Christmas Day, 1780, in St. Andrew’s Lodge, Boston,
The American flag was ordered made by Brother George
Folklore says that it was sewn by Betsy Ross, whose husband was a
member of St. John’s Lodge, Philadelphia.
Out of 51 Grand Lodge jurisdictions in the United States, 27
have 18 years old as the minimum age
requirement to become a Mason. Six have 19 years old, and 18 have 21
years of age as the minimum age requirement.
Most people are aware of the fact that the Statue of Liberty
was a gift of the French people after their own republic came into
existence. However, many are not aware that
there is a Masonic link to the statue. Frederic Bartholdi, a Mason,
designed it and the Grand Lodge of New York laid the cornerstone of
its base with Masonic ritual.