|PGM Andrew Jackson|
I got a lot of remarks about the Freemasons and Their Hats post I did last Friday, so I thought I'd share a few more pictures I've collected of Famous American Freemasons and Their Hats. I am the Famous American Freemasons guy afterall.
|PGM Harry S. Truman, 33rd Degree|
Everyone knows there are a lot of famous Freemasons, including fourteen United States Presidents, but of all those only two were Grand Masters. Andrew Jackson was the Grand Master of Masons in Tennessee. And Harry S. Truman was the Grand Master of Masons in Missouri (an honor he said, years after being President of the United States, was the greatest honor he'd ever known).
|Bro. Teddy Roosevelt|
Teddy Roosevelt was also a Freemason, and while he's pictured wearing the hat and jewel of the Worshipful Master, he was never the Master of a lodge.
|Brother George Washington|
The same is true of George Washington, again, pictured wearing the jewel and hat of a Worshipful Master, but never having been installed as Master of a lodge. Washington also performed the Masonic cornerstone ritual as Master at the United States Capitol building.
|The Illustrious Gerald Ford, 33rd Degree|
Gerald Ford was a very active Freemason. He was raised a Master Mason at the same time as his three brothers. He spoke at the unveiling of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial in Washington, D. C. in 1975. Gerald Ford also had the distinction of being the only United States President that had attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
|Sir Knight William McKinley|
Often cited as one of the most honest and dependable of the United States Presidents, William McKinley was an active Freemason. McKinley became a Master Mason shortly before the end of the Civil War, in a lodge in Virginia. He was raised by officers that served both the Union and the Confederacy. He became a Knights Templar in 1884.
Lots and lots of Famous Freemasons in United States history, and these are just some of the Presidents (not all of them). Somebody ought to write a book all about Famous American Freemasons, or better yet, write two of them.