AzureMasada Lodge No. 22
Warranted in Cranford, New Jersey
Free and Accepted Masons
Grand Lodge of New Jersey
Meeting at 1550 Irving Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(Temporary Home)
(908) 276-9801

Founding Fathers

Our Masonic Founding Fathers 

In a time when travel was by horseback and sailing ship, Masonry spread with amazing speed. By 1731, when Benjamin Franklin joined the fraternity, there were already several lodges in the Colonies, and Masonry spread rapidly as America expanded west. In addition to Franklin, many of the Founding Fathers -- men such as George Washington, Paul Revere, Joseph Warren, and John Hancock -- were Masons. Masons and Masonry played an important part in the Revolutionary War and an even more important part in the Constitutional Convention and the debates surrounding the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Many of those debates were held in Masonic lodges.

Signers of the Declaration of Independance

William Elery, Rhode Island
Benjamin Franklin, Pennsylvania
John Hancock, Massachusetts
Joseph Hewes, North Carolina
William Hooper, North Carolina
Robert Paine, Massachusetts
Richard Stockton, New Jersey
George Walton, Georgia
William Whipple, New Hampshire

Masonic Presidents

George Washington
James Monroe
Andrew Jackson
James Polk
James Buchanan
Andrew Johnson
James Garfield
William McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt
Howard Taft
Warren Harding
Franklin Roosevelt
Harry Truman
Gerald Ford

Masonic Signers of the Constitution

Abraham Baldwin
Gunning Bedford Jr.
John Blair
William Blount
David Brearley
Daniel Carroll
William Richardson Davie
Jonathan Dayton
Oliver Ellsworth
Benjamin Franklin
Elbridge Gerry
Refus King
John Langdon
John Lansing Jr.
James McHenry
James Madison
Alexander Martin
Robert Morris
William Paterson
William Pierce
Charles Pinckney
Edmund Randolph
George Read
Roger Sherman
George Walton

Masonic Patriots

John Blair
Benjamin Franklin
Francis Scott Key
John Hancock
Rufus King
Henry Knox
George Mason
James Otis
Thomas Paine
Peyton Randolph
Paul Revere
Joseph Warren
1706-1790, statesman, diplomat, author, scientist and printer
Wrote our National Anthem
1737-1793, merchant, politician and Revolutionary leader
1755-1827, politician and diplomat
1750-1806, American Revolutionary soldier and public official
1725-1792, American Revolutionary statesman
1725-1783, Famous for "Taxation without representation is tyranny"
1737-1809, English-born American author & Revolutionary leader

1735-1818, American silversmith, engraver and Revolutionary patriot

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