Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Happy Birthday, Brother George Washington
Reckoned by the modern calendar, today, February 22, is George Washington's birthday.
Bro. Washington was born in 1732, and died in 1799. He was Raised a Mason in 1753, at age 20. In 1753, he became a soldier and fought in the French and Indian War, eventually being promoted to the rank of Major. As General in 1776, he led the colonies in the revolt against England. In 1787, he presided over the Constitutional Convention that drafted the United States Constitution, and, in 1789, was the unanimous choice to become the first President of the United States.
According to Wikipedia, Brother Washington participated in the laying of the cornerstone of the Capitol Building as a Mason, was Master of Alexandria Masonic Lodge and was buried with Masonic honors. He was even suggested for the position of General Grand Master of Masons in America (which he did not pursue). It is generally accepted that if he would have taken the position that the individual state grand lodges would have united into one Grand Lodge of the United States.
Happy Birthday, Brother George.
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