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20 GREATEST NAMES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

   John Adams - (Spoke favorably of Freemasonry - never joined)

   Samuel Adams - (Close and principal associate of Hancock, Revere &
   other Masons)

   Ethan Allen - Mason

   Edmund Burke - Mason

   John Claypoole - Mason

   William Daws - Mason

   Benjamin Franklin - Mason

   Nathan Hale - No evidence of Masonic connections

   John Hancock - Mason

   Benjamin Harrison - No evidence of Masonic connections

   Patrick Henry - No evidence of Masonic connections

   Thomas Jefferson - (Deist with some evidence of Masonic connections)

   John Paul Jones - Mason

   Francis Scott Key - No evidence of Masonic connections

   Robert Livingston - Mason

   James Madison - (Some evidence of Masonic membership)

   Thomas Paine - Humanist

   Paul Revere - Mason

   Colonel Benjamin Tupper - Mason

   George Washington - Mason

   Daniel Webster - (Some evidence of Masonic connections)

   Summary: 10 Masons, 3 probable Masons, 1 Humanist, 2 Advocates of
   Freemasonry, 4 no record of connections.

   SIGNERS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

   Known Masons (8): Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Joseph Hewes,
   William Hooper, Robert Treat Payne, Richard Stockton, George Walton,
   William Whipple

   Evidence of Membership And/or Affiliations (7): Elbridge Berry, Lyman
   Hall, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Nelson Jr., John Penn, George Read,
   Roger Sherman

   Summary: 15 of 56 Signers (27%) were Freemasons or probable
   Freemasons.

   SIGNERS OF THE CONSTITUTION

   Known Masons (9): Gunning Bedford, Jr., John Blair, David Brearly,
   Jacob Broom, Daniel Carrol, John Dickinson, Benjamin Franklin, Rufus
   King, George Washington

   Evidence of Membership And/or Affiliations (13): Abraham Baldwin,
   William Blount, Elbridge Gerry, Nicholas Gilman, Alexander Hamilton,
   Thomas Jefferson, John Lansing, Jr., James Madison, George Mason,
   George Read, Robert Morris, Roger Sherman, George Wythe

   Those Who Later Became Masons (6): William Richardson Davie, Jr.,
   Jonathan Dayton, Dr. James McHenry, John Francis Mercer, William
   Patterson, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer

   Summary: 28 of 40 signers (70%) were Freemasons or possible
   Freemasons based on evidence other than lodge records.

   MASONIC INFLUENCES IN EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY

   - Lafayette, French liason to the Colonies, without whose aid the war
   could not have been won, was a Freemason.

   - The majority of the commanders of the Continental Army were
   Freemasons and members of "Army Lodges."

   - Most of Washington's Generals were Freemasons.

   - The Boston Tea Party was planned at the Green Dragon Tavern, also
   known as the Freemasons' Arms, and "the Headquarters of the
   Revolution."

   - George Washington was sworn in as the first President of the United
   States by Robert Livingston, Grand Master of New York's Masonic
   lodge. The Bible on which he took his oath was from his own Masonic
   lodge.

   - The Cornerstone of the capitol building was laid by the Grand Lodge
   of Maryland.


 
 

Masonic Math

Ln x 2 + 5 x 50 + ya (nc!) + 365 - 615 n= ?

     Take the number of your Lodge and double it; add 5; multiply this number by 50; add your age (no cheating!); add the number of days in the year; subtract 615.  The last two figures of the result is your age.  The other number is your Lodge number.  Have fun....

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