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5 Famous Freemasons You Probably Didn’t Know Were Members

Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest fraternity. It is a brotherhood of men who seek to improve themselves, their families, their communities, and the world around them. Though it is often shrouded in secrecy, there are some famous Freemasons who have chosen to go public with their membership. Here are 5 of the most famous Freemasons you probably didn’t know were members..

George Washington

The first President of the United States was a Mason, and he played a pivotal role in the early history of the fraternity. He was initiated into a lodge in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1752 and served as the grand master of the Masonic Lodge of Alexandria from 1788 until his death in 1799.

Benjamin Franklin

One of the Founding Fathers, Franklin was a prolific inventor, scientist, diplomat, and statesman. He was also a Mason, and he played an important role in both the American Revolution and the early years of the United States. He was initiated into Masonry in 1731 and went on to serve as Grand Master of Masons in Pennsylvania from 1734 until his death in 1790.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The famed composer was a Mason, and many of his works contain Masonic symbolism. He was initiated into Freemasonry in 1784 and composed several pieces of music for use by the fraternity.

Mark Twain

The beloved author of classics like “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was a Mason. He was initiated into Freemasonry in 1868 and went on to serve as Grand Master of Masons in Missouri from 1901 until 1910.

John Wayne

The iconic actor was known for his starring roles in Westerns like “Stagecoach” and “The Searchers.” What many people don’t know is that he was also a Freemason. He was initiated into Freemasonry in 1970 and remained an active member until his death in 1979.

These are just five of the many famous Freemasons who have made an impact on our world throughout history. From Presidents to Founding Fathers to renowned authors and actors, these men (and many others) have used their platform to make a difference in their communities, their countries, and the world at large.

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