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  Masonic Presidents
JAMES MONROE (1758-1831)
Fifth President (1817-1825)

Brother James Monroe MASONIC RECORD

Though once thought lost, the 18th century records of Williamsburg Lodge No. 6, A.F.& A. M., Williamsburg, Virginia have been recovered. An entry in the Secretary's Minutes of November 9, 1775 indicates that James Monroe was balloted upon and made an Entered Apprentice in Williamsburg Lodge. Also, the surviving Treasurer's Accounts for the corresponding date indicate that the Reverend Doctor William Yates, a professor at the College of William and Mary, and member of Williamsburg Lodge, paid to the Lodge a total of £4; the fee for "initiating James Monroe, a student at the College." Although not yet 18, the age of admission was at the discretion of each Lodge at that time. Although unproven, it is generally accepted that Monroe may have taken other degrees in St. John's Regimental Lodge in the Continental Army.
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