16 famous world and Ghanaian freemasons you didn’t know

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Freemasons have been here since time immemorial, and there are famous people you didn’t know were Freemasons as well. This post takes a look at some World and Ghanaian Freemasons.

Due to the private nature of Freemasonry, it’s often impossible to definitively say whether a famous person was a member or not. However, several famous people are widely believed to have been Freemasons, based on historical records, symbols, and their statements.

Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Freemasons

Here are a few examples:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The famous composer was reportedly initiated into a Viennese lodge in 1784. There are even Masonic references in some of his works, such as The Magic Flute.

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Winston Churchill: The British Prime Minister was a member of the Studholme Lodge No. 1524. He is quoted as saying, “Freemasonry has always been a very good friend to me.”

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Mark Twain: The American writer was a member of the Phoenix Lodge No. 6 in Hannibal, Missouri. He is said to have used Masonic symbols in his writings, such as the Square and Compass.

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J. Edgar Hoover: The longtime director of the FBI was a member of the Alexandria Lodge No. 22 in Alexandria, Virginia. Some believe he used his position to promote Freemasonry within the FBI.

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It’s important to remember that these are just a few examples, and many other famous people may or may not have been Freemasons. Ultimately, whether or not someone was a Freemason is a matter of personal history and remains private information.

Here are some more famous people who are widely believed to have been Freemasons:

Benjamin Franklin: One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Franklin was a prominent member of the Freemasons and even served as Grand Master of the Pennsylvania Provincial Grand Lodge.

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George Washington: Another Founding Father and the first President of the United States, Washington was also a Freemason. He laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol Building with Masonic ceremonies.

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John F. Kennedy: The 35th President of the United States, Kennedy, was a member of the Mount Moriah Lodge No. 141 in Alexandria, Virginia. He was the last president to be a Freemason.

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It’s important to remember that these are just a few examples, and many other famous people may or may not have been Freemasons. Ultimately, whether or not someone was a Freemason is a matter of personal history and remains private information.

Famous Ghanaians believed to be Freemasons at some point in time

John Agyekum Kufuor, the former president of Ghana (2001-2008), is indeed a Freemason. He has openly spoken about his membership and holds the position of Senior Grand Warden within the United Grand Lodge of England Freemasons. This information is readily available on his Wikipedia page and other publicly accessible sources.

Famous World Freemasons and Ghanaians

The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has stated that he is a proud Freemason.

He said: “I am a proud Freemason and I confirm that the principles and tenets of Freemasonry that we are taught in the Lodge, especially in the areas of governance and accountability have always stood me in good stead in my daily functions as Asantehene.”

Famous Ghanaians believed to be Freemasons

John Henry Martey Newman, a Ghanaian Historian, Administrator, and Lawyer was also the Chief of Staff of Ghana under President John Atta Mills.

Otwasuom Osei Nyampong is the grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Ghana.

The National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, has been appointed and installed as Assistant Grand Master of Freemasons in Ghana.

This was at a ceremony held in Accra on Saturday, May 8, 2021, by the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Ghana.

Famous Ghanaians believed to be Freemasons

The Member of Parliament for the people of Effutu in the Central Region, Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin is a member of the Grand Lodge of Free Masons.

According to him, the teachings and values of the organization do not conflict with his catholic principles and upbringing.

 

Famous Ghanaians believed to be Freemasons

John Mensah Sarbah: A barrister, writer, and politician who was the first indigenous Ghanaian to be called to the English bar. Sarbah is believed to be one of the founders of Freemasonry in Ghana and was the first Ghanaian Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ghana.

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Kwame Nkrumah: Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, is also believed to have been a Freemason. Though there is no documented proof of his initiation, there are references to his membership in several books and articles.

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Edward Akufo-Addo: The current president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, is also rumored to be a Freemason. He has not publicly confirmed or denied these claims.

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It’s important to remember that these are just a few examples, and there are many other famous Ghanaians who may or may not have been Freemasons. Ultimately, whether or not someone was a Freemason is a matter of personal history and remains private information.

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