Notable Freemasons include Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Washington and Roosevelt went on to become American presidents, while Franklin is credited as one of the Founding Fathers and an inventor.
Franklin became a member in 1730, and his career spanned the Revolutionary War and the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. He started his own secret society, The Leather Apron Club, before joining the Freemasons.
Washington's initiation in 1752 was soon followed by the rank of Master Mason. During the laying of the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol in 1793, he performed traditional Masonic rites.
Roosevelt was a 32nd degree Mason who was initiated in 1911. He raised his son Elliot to the level of Sublime Degree and stressed to him his belief in Masonic principles to guide the future of the country.