For centuries, many folks held these attributes and practiced them in their daily affairs as a matter of course. No big deal, that was just the way you did things. Right and Wrong were clearly and succinctly defined. No shades of gray.
Freemasons uphold these concepts, sworn oaths to God; they adhere to solemn obligations regarding conduct. Yes, there are many other good men in the world who are not Freemasons, not to dismiss or disregard them. But this here is an essay on the Oldest Fraternity in the world.
Here is a list, I'll post it in parts. You might be surprised who was and is a Mason:
Signers of the Constitution of the
John Lansing Jr.
Signers of the Declaration of
John Blair - 1732-1800
Benjamin Franklin - 1706-1790, statesman, diplomat, author, scientist and printer
Francis Scott Key-- Wrote our National Anthem
John Hancock - 1737-1793, merchant, politician and Revolutionary leader
Rufus King - 1755-1827, politician and diplomat
Henry Knox - 1750-1806, American Revolutionary soldier and public official
George Mason - 1725-1792, American Revolutionary statesman
James Otis - 1725-1783, Famous for "Taxation without representation is tyranny"
Thomas Paine - 1737-1809, English-born American author & Revolutionary leader
Peyton Randolph -
Paul Revere - 1735-1818, American silversmith, engraver and Revolutionary patriot
Joseph Warren -
Samuel Colt - 1814-1862, American inventor & manufacturer
David 'Davy' Crockett - 1786-1836, American politician & frontiersman
Richard Gatling - 1818-1903, American firearms inventor
Sam Houston - 1793-1863, American general & politician. Was genuinely born-again late in life.
William Barret Travis - 1809-36, American military leader, killed at the