In researching Famous Freemasons through the available literature you will find many not included on this list. Through the course of human history there have been a few who stood apart from the rest of us. They did not stand apart merely because of their fame, station in life or political office held. They truly earned the respect of their fellow human beings for their passion and sacrifices in furthering human rights, knowledge, democracy to name a few, all values which Freemasonry espouses.
Many over the years, not just Freemasons, have paid up to and including the ultimate sacrifice to further these ideals. These are the people deserving of our recognition. Our deepest sincere admiration go out to individuals like Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teressa, John Brown, Bono just to name a few.
There have been very few men or women Freemasons over the years that have given so much to the cause of civil liberties or human rights as these below. Will your name be in this company one day?
Bro. George Washington
George Washington the man and Washington the Mason: Initiated an Entered Apprentice Mason in the lodge of Fredericksburg, Virginia, in November of 1752, he was Passed in March and Raised in August of 1753 in that same Lodge.
While serving his duty in France as Ambassador from the American Colonies during the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Franklin affiliated himself with French Masonic Lodges. In 1777, he became a member of the famous Lodge des Neuf Soeurs (Lodge of the Nine Sisters, or Nine Muses) in Paris under the Grand Orient de France; in 1778, he assisted in Voltaire’s initiation into this Lodge.
Voltaire’s intelligence, wit and style made him one of France’s greatest writers and philosophers. He was one of several Enlightenment figures (along with Montesquieu, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau) whose works and ideas influenced important thinkers of both the American and French Revolutions.
Prince Hall is an example of the courage and vision of a true Free-Mason. If not for his heroic efforts there may not be a single African American Mason in the United States. The Anglo-American Masonic system openly discriminated against African Americans after the Revolutionary War and continues to do so in many states today.
In 1775, Lafayette’s admission to the Masonic Military Lodge acquainted him with America’s pursuit of liberty. The colonists’ struggle was the catalyst that led him to cast his fortunes, both figurative and literal, with the Americans. Their noble pursuit, coupled with lingering French resentment of the British after the Seven Years War, made eager volunteers of many Frenchmen, the Marquis de Lafayette among their number.
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