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Freemasons & the U.S. Constitution

The purpose of this webpage is to present information about Freemasons and the U.S. Constitution. Most of the information comes from a booklet, Masonic Membership of the Signers of the Constitution of the United States, published by the Masonic Service Association, and written by Bro. Ronald E. Heaton. It was originally published in 1962, reprinted in 1986.

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Signers of the Constitution of the United States

Name

State

Masonic Membership, if any

Abraham Baldwin Georgia no evidence of Masonic membership
Richard Bassett Delaware no evidence of Masonic membership
Gunning Bedford, Jr.  Delaware 1st Grand Master of Delaware
John Blair  Virginia 1st Grand Master of Virginia
William Blount  North Carolina doubtful if he was a Mason
David Brearley  New Jersey 1st Grand Master of New Jersey
Jacob Broom  Delaware officer in his Lodge
Pierce Butler  South Carolina no evidence of Masonic membership
Daniel Carroll  Maryland Mason who participated in the Masonic cornerstone laying of the U.S. Capitol, with George Washington
George Clymer  Pennsylvania no evidence of Masonic membership
Jonathan Dayton  New Jersey Member of Temple Lodge No. 1 in Elizabethtown, NJ
John Dickinson  Delaware Member of a Lodge in Dover, Delaware
William Few  Georgia doubtful if he was a Mason
Thomas FitzSimons  Pennsylvania no evidence of Masonic membership
Benjamin Franklin  Pennsylvania Grand Master of Pennsylvania
Nicholas Gilman New Hampshire Member of a St. John's Lodge No. 1, Portsmouth, N.H.
Nathaniel Gorham Massachusetts no evidence of Masonic membership
Alexander Hamilton New York no evidence of Masonic membership
Jared Ingersoll Pennsylvania no evidence of Masonic membership
Daniel Jenifer of St. Thomas Maryland no evidence of Masonic membership
William Samuel Johnson Connecticut doubtful if he was a Mason
Rufus King Massachusetts Member of St. John's Lodge, Newburyport, Massachusetts
John Langdon New Hampshire doubtful if he was a Mason
William Livingston New Jersey no evidence of Masonic membership
James McHenry Maryland Member of Spiritual Lodge No. 23, Maryland
(raised 1806, "struck off" 1809)
James Madison Virginia no evidence of Masonic membership
Thomas Mifflin Pennsylvania no evidence of Masonic membership
Gouverneur Morris Pennsylvania no evidence of Masonic membership
Robert Morris Pennsylvania doubtful if he was a Mason
William Paterson New Jersey Member of Trenton Lodge No. 5
Charles Pinckney South Carolina no evidence of Masonic membership
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney South Carolina no evidence of Masonic membership
George Read Delaware doubtful if he was a Mason
John Rutledge South Carolina no evidence of Masonic membership
Roger Sherman Connecticut doubtful if he was a Mason
Richard Dobbs Spaight North Carolina no evidence of Masonic membership
George Washington Virginia Raised in the Lodge at Fredericksburg (now Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4), named but did not actively serve as Charter Master of Alexandria Lodge No. 22 in 1788-1789
Hugh Williamson North Carolina no evidence of Masonic membership
James Wilson Pennsylvania no evidence of Masonic membership
SUMMARY   39 men signed the U.S. Constitution
13 (33%) were Freemasons


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