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With many brothers concerned with the occurrences and practices of their Masonic lodges, they don’t always direct their attention to figures and statistics that indicate the prevalence of the Craft in the United States of America more generally.
In this post, we will share with you five key statistics about Freemasonry in the United States of America, to serve as a reference point for your Masonic research, and to share with your fellow brothers and friends.
Please note, we have listed the source for these statistics as a hyperlink so you can follow up and conduct your own research if you so desire.
Five interesting statistics about Freemasonry in the United States of America.
- In 2021, there are estimated to be approximately 2 million active Freemasons in the United States of America.
- According to the United Grand Lodge of England, there are more than eighty ‘recognized’ Grand Lodges in the United States of America.
- The first Masonic Lodge in America was established in Boston, at the Grapes Tavern on King Street, in 1733.
- Nine of the people who signed the American Declaration of Independence were Freemasons at some stage during their lifetime, although not necessarily in 1776. They were: William Ellery, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Joseph Hewes, William Hooper, Robert Treat Paine, Richard Stockton, George Walton, and William Whipple.
- The Detroit Masonic Temple is the largest Masonic temple in the world. Incorporated in 1894, the same trowel that George Washington used to set the cornerstone at the US Capitol was used at the site in 1922.
What these facts tell us about Freemasonry.
We have carefully selected these five facts to share with you, as we feel they paint a representative picture of Freemasonry in the United States. Collectively, they tell a story of historical significance and tradition, and also indicate the vast appeal and popularity of the Craft of people across the US.
As brothers, we often hear many facts and statistics regarding Freemasonry, some of which are hard to verify and therefore believe. By sharing these five statistics in particular, we hope we can spark a conversation about the historical significance of the Craft and encourage our readers to elaborate further.
Also, if you have any other interesting facts about the fraternity that you wish to share, please do so with a link in the comments. We would encourage you to also share your source, so brothers can continue their research if they choose to.