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divIs the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania the oldest Grand Lodge in the United States?
Not only is the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania the oldest Grand Lodge in the United States, but it is also the third oldest Grand Lodge in the world, having been formed as a Provincial Grand Lodge in 1731, Philadelphia. The Grand Lodge of England was the first Grand Lodge formed in 1717; followed by the Grand Lodge of Ireland, 1725; the Provincial Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 1733; and the Grand Lodge of Scotland, 1736. (Source: Masonic Questions & Answers, compiled by the Office of Masonic Education, Grand Lodge of PA, 1999)

divWhich Presidents of the United States were Freemasons?
To date there have been 14 Presidents who have been Master Masons: George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James A. Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S Truman, and Gerald R. Ford. In addition, Lyndon B. Johnson received the Entered Apprentice Degree, but did not advance. (Source: Masonic Questions & Answers, compiled by the Office of Masonic Education, Grand Lodge of PA, 1999)

divWhich U.S. Presidents were Grand Masters?
Two Presidents of the United States served as Grand Masters to their Masonic Jurisdictions. They were Andrew Jackson of Tennessee and Harry S Truman of Missouri. (Source: Masonic Questions & Answers, compiled by the Office of Masonic Education, Grand Lodge of PA, 1999)

divWhere has the gavel used by Bro. George Washington in laying the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol been used in Pennsylvania?
The gavel used by Bro. George Washington was first used in Pennsylvania during the cornerstone laying of the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia in 1868 and then at the State Capitol in Harrisburg in 1898. In 1986, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania again used the gavel at the Masonic Temple, Philadelphia, during the redepositing of the capstone in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Grand Lodge's independence from England. Two more times the gavel traveled to Pennsylvania, when in 1992 the cornerstone of the renovated Washington Grist Mill in Perryopolis was laid and in 1997 at the dedication of the restored National Memorial Arch at Valley Forge National Historic Park. (Source: Masonic Questions & Answers, compiled by the Office of Masonic Education, Grand Lodge of PA, 1999)

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