What is Freemasonry?

An Overview

Freemasonry is a fraternity of brothers who share one common goal: to help each other become better men. We strengthen and improve our character by learning and practicing basic virtues of fraternal love, charity, and truth. Our principles extend far beyond our interactions with each other, and we strive to apply them to our daily lives.

All who join Freemasonry must declare their belief in the existence of a Supreme Being, and practice their own personal faith, but the fraternity is neither a religion nor a place to worship. Rather, it is a place where men of all monotheistic creeds can meet and focus on the great truths of peaceful human interaction that are common to all religions.

Notable Freemasons

  • Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Astronaut
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven, Classical Music Composer
  • Omar Bradley, World War II General
  • Ty Cobb, Baseball Player
  • Davey Crockett, American Frontiersman
  • Cecil B. DeMille, Movie Director
  • Jack Dempsey, Professional Boxer
  • Duke Ellington, Musician
  • Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of the United States
  • Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company
  • Benjamin Franklin, Politician, Inventor, Scientist
  • John Hancock, Founding Father
  • Harry Houdini, Magician
  • Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States
  • Rudyard Kipling, Author and Poet
  • John Wayne, Actor
  • George Washington, 1st President of the United States