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    Masonry is practiced worldwide
There are over 2 million Masons in North America and nearly 4 million worldwide.
   
       
                                       
    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 American Revolution
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, Massachusetts.
   
       
       
                                       
    The American flag was ordered made by Brother George Washington.
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.