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posted Sep 18, 2014, 7:42 AM by jpmanfredo
On September 18, 1793, first President George Washington, along with eight other Freemasons dressed in masonic regalia, laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capital Building

The tools used at the cornerstone ceremony, on display at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA

Also of note in Masonic history for the month of September:
  • James K. Polk (U.S. President 1845-1849) received his first degree in Columbia Lodge #31, Tennessee
  • September 11, 2000 Grand Lodge of DC and Prince Hall Grand Lodge of DC signed a ceremonial proclamation symbolizing their mutual recognition 
  • 1844 The Grand Lodge of Michigan was founded
  • 1851 The Grand Lodge of Oregon was formed
  • 1784 The Grand Lodge of England issued a warrant to African Lodge #459.  This charter is a prized possession of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and African Lodge #459 has continued to exist to the present time
  • 1857 Grand Lodge of Nebraska was formed
  • 1786 the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania was organized
  • 1872 The Shrine of North America (AAONMS) was organized in New York City
  • September 30, 1949 Gerald R. Ford (U.S. President 1974-1977) received his first degree in Malta Lodge #465, Grand Rapids, MIchigan