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Signers of the Declaration of Independence

posted Jul 1, 2015, 8:27 AM by jpmanfredo
While it is common to hear that the Freemasons were a driving force behind the American Revolution, it is more factual to comment that brothers here in the colonial colonies took no official stance as their allegiance was torn between England where many lodge charters originated from and independence from a repressive monarchy.  Instead the individual decided how to contribute to the cause of the colonies or support of the crown.  Based on research conducted by Ronald E. Heaton and published by the Masonic Service Association, there was only proof that 8 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were Freemasons
  • Benjamin Franklin, of the Tun Tavern Lodge at Philadelphia;
  • John Hancock, of St. Andrew's Lodge in Boston;
  • Joseph Hewes, who was recorded as a Masonic visitor to Unanimity Lodge No. 7, Edenton, North Carolina, in December 1776;
  • William Hooper, of Hanover Lodge, Masonborough, North Carolina;
  • Robert Treat Payne, present at Grand Lodge at Roxbury, Massachusetts, in June 1759;
  • Richard Stockton, charter Master of St. John's Lodge, Princeton, Massachusetts in 1765;
  • George Walton, of Solomon's Lodge No. 1, Savannah, Georgia; and
  • William Whipple, of St. John's Lodge, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
There may have been others, but the evidence is inconclusive.