Book Review – A Deserving Brother: George Washington and Freemasonry

Like several of America’s founding fathers, George Washington was a Freemason. Yet Washington’s ties to the fraternity and the role it played in his life have never been widely researched or understood.

In ‘A Deserving Brother’, Mark Tabbert presents a complete story of Washington’s known association with Freemasonry.

Much more than a conventional history, this book has curated an exhibition of artifacts and episodes to fully contextualize our first president’s Masonic life and experiences.

Consulting the Library of Congress, Mount Vernon, the Boston Athenaeum, and numerous private Masonic lodges, libraries, and museums, Tabbert chronicles all known instances of Washington’s association with Freemasons, confirming some existing knowledge, adding new insights, and debunking unsubstantiated myths.

The record of Washington’s Masonic ties is presented through contextualizing descriptions and color illustrations, ranging from lodge minute books recording Washington’s attendance, to his Washington’s Masonic aprons, from the tools used at the U.S. Capitol cornerstone ceremony to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts’s gold urn, made by Paul Revere, containing a lock of Washington’s hair.

‘A Deserving Brother’ documents the significance of Freemasonry in Washington’s life and career in a way that separates fact from fiction and will satisfy both historians and general readers, including today’s Freemasons.

About The Author

 

Originally from Iowa, Mark has worked in four American history museums, written six books, and been an active Freemason for over twenty years. Since 2006 he has been the Curator at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia.

He is the author of four books ‘American Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities’, ‘Museum and Memorial: Ten Years of Masonic Writings’ and with Prof. William D. Moore, ‘Secret Societies in America: Foundational Studies of Fraternalism’. His most recent book is ‘Almanac of American Freemasonry’ which he compiled with John “Bo” Cline, and self-published.

His current book documents George Washington’s membership in, and relationship with, Freemasonry. Titled ‘A Deserving Brother’: George Washington and Freemasonry, published by the University of Virginia Press.

To complete this book, he was 2018 Research Fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon.

WebSite: https://markatabbert.com/

 

American Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities

By: Mark Tabbert

With over four million members worldwide, and two million in the U.S., Freemasonry is the largest fraternal organization in the world. Published in conjunction with the National Heritage Museum, this extravagantly illustrated volume offers an overview of Freemasonry’s origins in seventeenth-century Scotland and England before exploring its evolving role in American history, from the Revolution through the labor and civil rights movements, and into the twenty-first century. American Freemasons explores some of the causes for the rise and fall of membership in the fraternity and why it has attracted men in such large numbers for centuries.

American Freemasons is the perfect introduction to understanding a society that, while shrouded in mystery, has played an integral role in the lives and communities of millions of Americans.

Copublished with the National Heritage Museum.

 

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