Masonic Presidents
of the United States of America

JAMES MONROE
(Apr 28, 1758 - Jul 4, 1831)

5th President of the United States of America (1817-1825)

MASONIC RECORD

(Lodge records lost) Initiated: November 9, 1775, St. John's Regimental Lodge in the Continental Army.

The original records of Williamsburg Lodge No.6, Williamsburg, Va., show (November 6, 1775) that he was "recommended as a fit person to be admitted a member of this lodge and the motion recorded. On November 9, 1775, he was "preferred, received and balloted for; passed and accepted and entered an apprentice. The curious reader will note that he was not quite seventeen years and six months old at this time! But "lawful age" had not yet been universally fixed at twenty-one.

His dues were paid through October 1780, but no record shows as to when he was raised. Tradition states that he received the Master's Degree in a Military Lodge during the revolution, and also credits him membership in Kilwinning Cross Lodge No.2, Port Royal, Va.

Later, Brother Monroe took Membership in Williamsburg Lodge No. 6, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Little else is known of his Masonic life.

He visited Cumberland Lodge No.8, at a meeting especially called to receive him in Nashville, Tennessee, June 8, 1819.



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