Book cover of A Deserving Brother: George Washington and Freemasonry by Mark Tabbertby Mark Tabbert

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.

Interview with the Author

Podcast art for Ben Franklin's WorldBen Franklin’s World 
329 Mark Tabbert, Freemasonry in Early America
5/24/22           65 min

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227. Welcoming a Deserving Brother with Mark Tabbert
11/14/22           26 min

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