Who are the Masons?

Masons in Olympia, Tumwater and Lacey congregate at Harmony Lodge #18, the friendliest Lodge in Thurston County, WA. Our Lodge includes a broad cross-section of the community and we welcome men over the age of 18 who want to improve themselves by associating with like-minded peers. Our membership is distributed fairly evenly across age groups and by profession, although because of the proximity to Fort Lewis (JBLM), many of our members are active duty military or veterans.

The Masonic Fraternity is the oldest Fraternity in the world. The Masonic Family includes Masons as well as organizations for their ladies, couples, and youth.

The Masonic Family provides more than $2 million a day to charitable activities such as hospitals, youth scholarship, and those less fortunate than we.

To inquire about Masonry, contact our Secretary.

How to become a Mason? Click here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Famous Masons

There have been 14 American Presidents who have been Brother Masons, plus one who was initiated (Lyndon Johnson).

George Washington (1st)

Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22

James Monroe (5th)

Williamsburg Lodge No. 6, Williamsburg, Virginia

Andrew Jackson (7th)

Harmony Lodge No. 1, Nashville, Tennessee; Grand Master 1822-23, Tennessee

James Polk (11th)

Columbia Lodge No. 31, Columbia, Tennessee (r. 9/4/1820)

James Buchanan (15th)

Lodge No. 43, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (r. 1/24/1817)

Andrew Johnson (17th)

Greeneville Lodge No. 119, Greeneville, Tennessee (r.1/24/1817)

James Garfield (20th)

Magnolia Lodge No. 20 (E.A. and F.C.), Columbus Lodge No. 30, Columbus, Ohio (r. 11/22/1864)

William McKinley (25th)

Hiram Lodge No. 21, Winchester, Virginia (r. 4/3/1865)

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (26th)

Matinecock Lodge No. 806, Oyster Bay, New York (r. 4/24/1901)

William H. Taft (27th)

Made a Mason at sight 2/18/1909 in Cincinnati, Ohio; affiliated with Kilwinning Lodge 356, Ohio

Warren Harding (29th)

Marion Lodge No. 70, Marion, Ohio (r. 8/13/1920)

Franklin D. Roosevelt (32nd)

Holland Lodge No. 8, New York, New York (r. 11/28/1911)

Harry S. Truman (33rd)

Belton Lodge No. 450 (r. 3/18/1909), Belton, Missouri; Grand Master 1940-41, Missouri

*Note: MW Harry S. Truman is the only American President to have been presented with a 50-year Masonic service pin

Gerald Ford (38th)

Malta Lodge No. 465 (r. 5/18/1951), Grand Rapids, Michigan (raised by Columbia Lodge No. 3, Washington , D.C. as courtesy)

Honorable Mention: Lyndon B. Johnson, initiated but never passed nor raised

i. October 30, 1937, Johnson City Lodge No. 561, Johnson City, Texas

Other interesting links to famous Masons:

George Washington Memorial

List of famous Freemasons from the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon web page (a very informative page)

Paul Bessel's Presidents as Masons page

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