On This Day In History: Freemason George Washington Inaugurated
On this day, April 30th, 1789, George Washington was inaugurated as first President of the United States. The inaugural ceremony took place on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City, which was then the first United States Capitol.
It was a very rare privilege for Illinois Masons to have such an important historic item present at our meeting. It not only is historic as it relates to American history, but Washington is a very important part of the history of American Freemasonry. To this day, American lodges open every meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. It was Washington that first brought the American flag into a Lodge of Freemasons, during the Revolutionary War--and it's been there, in every one, ever since.
Todd E. Creason is the author of Famous American Freemasons: Volumes I & II where you'll find many other great stories about famous Freemasons.