Freemasons and the American Revolution

Many instrumental figures of the American Revolution (1765 – 1783) were Freemasons. Perhaps the most well-known Freemason American Revolutionaries are George Washington, the nation’s first President, and Benjamin Franklin.


What was the American Revolution?

General George Washington, a Freemason, crosses the Delaware River as part of a surprise attack.

The Revolution was a series of events and armed conflicts that took place between 1765 and 1783. The American Revolution culminated in the creation of the independent United States from the British Empire’s control.

Before winning independence, America existed as 13 British-controlled colonies in North America. The colonies were under direct rule of the British Crown but the American colonists had no say or vote in the British Parliament.

This grievance, known as “taxation without representation” and other growing resentments led into all out warfare between the American colonists and the British Crown. The colonists would eventually be victorious and declare themselves independent as the newly born United States of America.


Freemasonry’s involvement in the American Revolution

Freemasonry was imported to America even prior to the Revolution against the British. Freemasonry was in fact brought by the British, from the motherland, and became quite popular among the Colonists as well as the British Army stationed there.

The Masonic ideals of enlightenment and freedom attracted some most influential American colonists and thus had a role to play in the Revolution itself.


The Generals

Many of the American revolutionary soldiers and officers were Freemasons. It’s been estimated that as many as 40% of the American military generals were Freemasons. George Washington, before becoming President, was elected Commander in Chief of the revolutionary armies in 1775; Washington was a dedicated Freemason.

Note, not all Freemasons supported the colonists as there were Masons in the British Army and also American Freemasons who stayed loyal to the British King, known as Loyalists. The King of Great Britain during this period was King George III.


Freemasons create the new nation

9 of the 56 signatories of the Declaration of Independence were Freemasons.

Around 9 of the 56 signatories of the Declaration of Independence were Freemasons. Also, 2 out of the 5-person committee, that was set up to draft it, were Freemasons. This document declared that all thirteen American colonies would no longer be subject to British rule.

Also, 13 out of 39 signatories of US constitution were Freemasons. The US Constitution was, and still remains, the supreme law of the United States of America.


The 1st US President; a Freemason

George Washington in Masonic regalia. The nation’s 1st President was a committed Freemason.

Brought out of post-victory retirement, George Washington was elected as the new nation’s first President. The namesake of the nation’s capital, Washington DC, George Washington was a high-ranking Freemason and one of the most prestigious of our alumni.

We’ve got a separate article on George Washington the Freemason here.




The American Revolution, although not an exclusive Masonic endeavor, was heavily influenced by Freemasons. Freemasons acted as revolutionary soldiers, officers, leaders and eventually Presidents. Freemasons had a significant role to play in the American Revolution and the founding of the United States and Freemasons would continue to hold leadership roles in the nation.


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