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You might be surprised to know that about one third of the presidents in American history were Freemasons. But there are some big names on this list, like George Washington and Andrew Jackson. The Masons (founded in 1717) is a large international organization that has members all over the world. It has many different levels of membership, but in general, they believe in enlightenment, freedom, and equality. They also share in this belief with other groups like the Shriners and the Knights Templar.
Read on for an article about how many presidents were freemasons!
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is an international fraternity of men who are mostly descended from the original stone masons. The Freemasons were established in 1717, and since then it has grown into a large organization with members all over the world. It has many different levels of membership, but in general, they believe in enlightenment, freedom, and equality. They also share this belief with other groups like the Shriners and the Knights Templar.
There are many famous people who are Masons. George Washington, for example, was one of the first American presidents to be a Mason. Abraham Lincoln was also a Mason. Andrew Jackson was not only president but he was also a Mason!
Nowadays there are about 6 million Freemasons all over the world. There are more than 5 million people who want to become Masons!
How many presidents were freemasons?
It’s not a secret that many presidents were freemasons. But how many?
If you guessed about one third, you’re wrong! It’s more like half. There are 32 Freemasons who have been president, with George Washington being the first in 1789. The most recent was Gerald Ford, who served from 1974-1977.
So why weren’t people talking about this? Some say it’s because there are still some people who don’t want to admit that so many of our presidents were Freemasons and it would go against the ideals of equality and enlightenment they promote.
Others say it’s due to a misconception that all Freemasons are associated with the occult. In fact, occultism is forbidden by Freemasonry and those beliefs can’t be shared or promoted among members of the organization.
Freemasonry is an old, well-established organization with values rooted in goodness and morality. They also value tolerance for those outside their organization as well as those within it. If you want to know more about what Freemasons stand for, click on this article about what these values mean for them and what they do for their community!
Famous masons in history
There are many famous freemasons in history. The Unknown Unknowns has compiled a list of some of the most famous freemasons and their connections to the Freemason organization.
Read more: Famous Freemasons
George Washington was a mason and is considered by some to be one of the most powerful men in American history. During his term as president, he oversaw major events like the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of America.
Andrew Jackson was also a mason. He had a bit of an intense presidency: not only did he use military force to remove Native Americans from their land, but he also survived an assassination attempt on his life just after being re-elected for his second presidential term!
Benjamin Franklin was on the list as well. He’s known for inventions like bifocal glasses and lightning rods, but he was also on the committee that helped draft the Declaration of Independence. Franklin is often called “The First American” because of his many contributions to early American society.
There are many reasons that being a Freemason is an honor, not the least of which is the long list of U.S. presidents who were Masons. One possible reason for the current president to be a member of this organization is because his father was also a member of the Masons.
As you can see, there are many reasons why people join the Freemasons. With their commitment to enlightenment, equality, and freedom, it’s no surprise they have so many members.
This article has shown some reasons why Freemasonry exists and how it’s related to our history as Americans. What do you think?