Thomas Jefferson: Freemason or Not?


"I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another."

~Thomas Jefferson

The question of whether or not Thomas Jefferson was a Mason has been argued for two hundred years. Most Masonic scholars take the position that he was not a Mason because there is no contemporary evidence that he ever belonged to a lodge of Freemasons. Most of the claims of his membership are based on his close associations with so many other Masons: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Paul Jones, James Monroe, Lewis Meriwether, William Clark, and Voltaire.

However, there is some evidence that indicates he may have been a Mason and that he attended Masonic meetings. Dr. Joseph Guillotin reported that he attended meetings at the prestigious Lodge of Nine Muses in Paris, France—the same lodge attended by Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, and John Paul Jones. He marched in a Masonic procession with Widow’s Son Lodge No. 60 and Charlottesville Lodge No. 90 on October 6, 1817, and participated in laying the cornerstone for Central College (now known as the University of Virginia.) In 1801, twenty-five years prior to his death, a lodge was chartered in Surry Court House, Virginia—it was named Jefferson Lodge No. 65. And most notably, upon his death on July 4, 1826, both the Grand Lodge of South Carolina and the Grand Lodge of Louisiana held Masonic funeral rites and processions for him.

I've had the opportunity over the last few years to ask a few well-respected Masonic scholars about Thomas Jefferson, and every time, they fall back on that same line "there is no contemporary evidence that Thomas Jefferson was a Mason."  But at least one I spoke to, when I asked him what he thought, admitted he believed Thomas Jefferson was a Mason.

I caught some flack for it, and I knew I would, but I decided to include him in my second book Famous American Freemasons: Volume II because my books are not just about famous Freemasons; they are also about the larger story of American history. And no story of America would be complete without including the contributions of Thomas Jefferson.

If he wasn’t a Mason, he clearly possessed all the prerequisites for membership, and his beliefs, his philosophies, and his great skill in architecture were certainly indicative of Masonic affiliation.  But he took the answer to that question to his grave--a big obelisk he designed himself.  Odd, huh? 

Was he a Mason, or not? I’ll leave the question for you to decide.

~TEC

6 comments:

  1. I have a very old and very large Masonic Bible I had purchased at a used book store in Des Moines IA and in it it listed all the U.S Presidents that were Masons and Jefferson was listed as one.

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  2. As I state in the article, as far as I'm concerned, I believe he may have been (and I'm not alone in that belief--however, the evidence is lacking. Until there is a little more factual evidence to support it, we can't very well call him a Freemason at this point.

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  3. I think that Jefferson was a genius in that he clearly saw the oppression of the Crown and Private Central Banks would enslave us, he feared the unrestricted growth of centralized Federal power in the government and executive branch at the expense of states and individuals rights, he feared the bourgeois and aristocratic snobbery that erupted after Independence would bear poisoned fruit in all of the aforementioned - and wether or not he admired some free masons or felt their views would lead to more democratic revolutions and the overthrow of tyranny and corrupt stagnat monarchically oppressive regiemes - which he clearly favored- or not- he definitely was greatly opposed to any secret societies and the corrupting influence that many of these brought from foreign powers and funds subverting the Republic and spoiling the fruits of the Revolution. It is an incontrivertible fact - although not reported on the monopolistic monosyllabic Zionist controlled major news networks whose involvement was essentially critical and central -(an all too perfect example of Jeffersons fears of unrestricted corporate powers run amok and politicized by foreign control with their market control and complete alignment against the Constitution and citizenry)- that 9/11 was a Mossad operation carried out with the support of treasonous scum in our government and military and Intel who were 1 dual citizen Israeli/US project for new Americans 2 neo cons 3 Freemasons of a particular international flavor deeply in bed with their so called brothers in the CIA FBI NSA MOSSAD M15 and other Intel groups of our so called "allies". That the Mossad and M15 and CIA and FBI have been involved in false flags on 9/11 and continuing to today is no surprise as their alliefence is to their brothers and their fraternal international goals above any alliegence to the Constitition and Republic of the United States. In the eye witness bs accounts on 9/11 and during the inane false flag San Bernadino attack there was an eye witness wearing a Masonic shirt and ball cap with a compass on it respectively

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  4. This is not to say by any means that all Mason's are treasonous scum - my father was a Mason in his youth and is a patriot just as not all of our Intel community has been infiltrated by this psychotic cabal doing the bidding they believe of some new world order utopia in their naivety when in fact they are working for the .01% richest who in 2016 even the corporate networks admitted will own 99% of the worlds wealth and resources, whilst the rest of us billions and billions of the 99% of the population ALL SPLIT THE REMAINING 1% of wealth they haven't yet figured out how to steal via theft murder genocide and war from us unwashed masses whom they consider their slaves. And that definitely includes these deluded Freemasons in the worlds Intel services who've been duped into carrying out false flag attacks on even their own and "allies" countries - in order to carry out their Hegelian Dialectic of Divide and Conquer- via the old tried and true formula of creating the problems and anticipating the solutions and having two alternative ones available so the dumb Pavlovian trained masses think they're making their own choices or are free when in fact they're their own best and only real jailers. For example Soros who is a mason- had his hacked emails reveal he is funding democrats and republicans- black lives matter, Neo Nazi alt right - legalize marijuana, tea parties, and funding and schooling South Americans in all South American countries to hate America and believe they must overthrow our government and then to bus them to the border with instructions on crossing illegally and organizing to overthrow the government once in illegally. These people should all be arrested like Soros and all of our recent presidents who've been part of the same cabal of intentional terrorists claiming to fight international terrorism in Al Queda and ISIS which it has been incontrivertibly proven were and are CIA MOSSAD black ops. So Thomas Jefferson while he may have respected many of his peers and friends who were Mason's - he knew freemasonry was a threat and like the private central bank this has been only borne out with history repeating itself cuz people are unable to do their own research and fact checking online while they still can...

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    1. They will just fly over one day and spray us all like a bunch of insects. The sky over my home in N. Texas is criss crossed with chemtrails today.

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  5. Don't believe me? The Thomas Jefferson Montecitto website itself says of Jefferson and secret societies the following- including quotes from his own correspondence on these matters to Washington etc: Jefferson’s general feelings towards fraternal organizations are fairly clear in comments he made to George Washington in a letter dated April 16, 1784 in reference to the Society of the Cincinnati. The Society of the Cincinnati was formed on May 13, 1783 by a gathering of officers from the Continental Army. They called their constitution the “Institution,” and this document dictated that membership would pass to the eldest male descendents of founders and allowed for the admission of honorary members. Branches of the organization were established in all thirteen original colonies and France. The stated intention of the society was “perpetuating wartime friendships, aiding the unfortunate and preserving ‘union and national honor’ among the states". Public criticism was strong immediately following the foundation of the society. Many citizens were concerned about the hereditary and honorary membership aspects. They believed that the society was established to lift its members to the position of nobility in a supposedly democratic society and to ensure the financial obligations of Congress towards veterans of the Revolutionary War. George Washington wrote to Thomas Jefferson requesting his opinion of the Society of Cincinnati, because they had recently chosen him for President pro tem. 8 Jefferson responded to Washington’s letter, listing the concerns of many citizens about the society. He also expressed his own concern that one of the stated purposes of the society – which was to maintain the sense of brotherhood between old comrades in war – would not be fulfilled, because providing a forum for debate between the old comrades would only foster arguments and ruin friendships. Jefferson advised that Washington propose some serious alterations to the society’s constitution (which he admitted would bring the society close to annihilation).These changes included parting “with it’s inheritability, it’s organization and it’s assemblies."9 Washington obviously took Jefferson’s advice into consideration, as he did submit several suggested changes to the Society’s constitution. These changes included abolishing the hereditary function of the society, striking out any clause with a political tendency, rejecting donations from foreign sources, and restricting the business of the meetings to the election of officers and the disposal of charitable funds. These proposed changes were published in several newspapers. This turned out to be enough to allay the public’s fears about the society, but in reality the changes were not ratified by all of the branches. Whether or not it was earned, public opinion shifted more positively towards the Society in the late 1780s and 1790s and after 1800, the Society became much less active. In fact, most branches had ceased to function by the first quarter of the century. 10

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