Could A Freemason Be President Today?

by Midnight Freemasons contributor
SK Robert Johnson

 President Teddy Roosevelt--WAS a Freemason
In the chaos that ensues in Washington and all around the world around election time, there are feelings and ideas being challenged, debated and argued. Freemasonry holds the idea that no two things separate men like religion and politics and thus, those topics are generally forbid in lodge. This post does not seek to win the favor of the reader in a political party nor sway any opinion of the sort, but rather examine the idea that if a known Freemason ran for the presidency of the United States of America, would he win?

President Lincoln--NOT a Freemason
The answer, I fear is no. Why not? My first thought was that a Freemason could not secure the backing of any one religion, simply because Freemasons are open to all faiths and thus there is that taboo of being a part of an organization which has many faiths under one roof. I believe this would be a cause of lost votes. For instance, and I am in no means purposely picking on them, but if the Catholic Church did not back the candidate because he was a Freemason, then logically the followers of Catholicism may not vote for that candidate in the same respect. I am equally as sure that the number of folks that think we're out to rule the world, would make up at least a small percentage of lost votes as well.

I believe if a Freemason stood in front of the United States of America and said what he believes in, good and true Masonic ideas, he could win. But alas, that is assuming of course that the people vote for ideals and not for popularity. Being a Freemason is in itself unpopular with much of today's culture. The young know little about us, except for our vague and mysterious mentions in comic books, television shows or movies. The elderly certainly know of it, but are passing away. The average person just doesn't care. They seem so wrapped up in the day to day droll that they fail to realize they are playing a game that doesn't matter (wrapped up in the pursuit of the material).

President Truman-WAS a Freemason
PGM in Missouri
 How did former Freemasons become presidents? Well to make a long answer short, people cared about the right thing to do. And at those times, a Freemason was in the pool of eligible candidates. It just so happens that Freemasons are always in the business of doing the right things, the honorable things, and the hardest things. And in those days that's what Americans wanted. Today is a different day, it is a race to collect the most money, and if they get enough, they can stand on the soap box and spout their mighty plans and ideas. If those ideas resonate with the populous, then they gain ground on their opponent, forcing the other opponent to gain ground by dishonoring the other in television commercials and social media campaigns. The people are only concerned with themselves instead of their once mighty and world respected country.

President Obama--NOT a Freemason
One day, I hope to wake up in America, open my front door and look out onto my glistening green grass, hear my wooden sailboat wind chime and take a good clean breath, bend over and pick up my newspaper and see the face of a Freemason as the president. The headlines would read, “The housing market matches the wage of the average American worker”, “Unemployment to a record low”, “We landed on the moon again!”, “US Steel in high demand”, “Tech giant to open US Manufacturing plant”.

But until then, I'll open my front door, look out at my dehydrated lawn and then over at my neighbor Gary's nuclear Green chemlawn, take a hit of my inhaler shake my head at the number of bank owned property signs across the street, close the door, sit on the couch and eat my bologna sandwich while I read the news on my $900.00 Chinese made iPad. 


RWB, Robert Johnson is the Managing Editor of the Midnight Freemasons blog. He is a Freemason out of the 1st N.E. District of Illinois. He currently serves as the Secretary of Waukegan Lodge No. 78 where he is a Past Master. He also serves as the District Deputy for the 1st N.E. District of Illinois. Brother Johnson currently produces and hosts weekly Podcasts (internet radio programs) Whence Came You? & Masonic Radio Theatre which focus on topics relating to Freemasonry. He is also a co-host of The Masonic Roundtable, a Masonic talk show. He is a husband and father of four, works full time in the executive medical industry and is also an avid home brewer. He is currently working on a book of Masonic essays and one on Occult Anatomy to be released soon.


  1. Could a Mason become president today? Sure. But would it be a detriment to his campaign to let it be generally known that he is a freemason? Actually I don't think it would matter all that much. Religion always takes a back seat in America to other political issues. For instance currently there are large protestant fundamentalist groups who are putting a lot of time, money and effort into backing a Mormon for president. America is deeply divided along party lines and independent voters care little for the candidates religion and are far more interested in solutions for jobs, national debt and personal freedoms. I don't think being a fellow mason would matter much to the general public.

  2. Unfortunately so many Americans have lost sight of the principles that our Country was founded on. They have adopted a "what's in it for me " attitude. I do think a Brother Master Mason could successfully run for President since there are groups out there trying to restore the principles that our forefathers established in the Constitution.
    A little side note.. the other night at Lodge practice, one of our candidates said the recapitulation and charge was hard to follow since is was in old English. I had to bite my tongue !!!! I said if you what to read or hear something that's difficult to follow, try reading the Federalist Papers. The reply was why read those !!!! No wonder our Country is in such sad shape !!!!

  3. you do realize that masonry is not a christian org right? and that the Jesuits from the Roman catholic church started you?. what degree are you?

    1. That's correct--Freemasonry is not a Christian organization. I don't know about the remainder of your comment. I can tell you I've been studying Freemasonry for a long time, and the general consensus is that nobody really knows where Freemasonry originated. Theories abound.

  4. Older Freemasons are not staying in the organization for their life long. Women often decide not to marry a man when they find out that he is a Freemason. Freemasons half to spring it on them after they are married. A friend of mine Larry told me the story of how a married woman found out secretly that her husband was a Freemason. She packed all her belongings that she brought into a marriage and had them taken away to a unknown destination. He got divorced by mail from out of state.


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