The First Cornerstone

The cornerstone was laid on Wednesday, September 18, 1793, during the first large public event staged in the federal city. Contemporary Masonic practice included the laying of an inscribed metal plate along with a cornerstone. Caleb Bentley, a Quaker clockmaker and silversmith who lived in Georgetown not far from Suter's Fountain Inn, where the commissioners held …

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Today in Masonic History (09/15/2017)

Today in Masonic history William Howard Taft is born in 1857. William Howard Taft was the 27th president of the United States and served as a Supreme Court Justice, the only person to date to hold both offices. Prior to becoming president, Taft served in many roles including, Superior Court Judge, Solicitor General of the …

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Appeal for Relief – Florida

NEWS SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:  SIMON R. LAPLACE, 301-476-7330 APPEAL FOR RELIEF – FLORIDA Hurricane Irma hit Florida with the “longest-lasting powerful hurricane or typhoon ever recorded, worldwide,” according to National Public Radio. More than 60% of the state was without power. Widespread flooding, depleted grocery shelves, and damage from high winds …

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William McKinley: A True and Upright Mason

The Battle of Opequam took place in Virginia very near the end of the Civil War in Virginia-very shortly before the decisive Union victory at Gettysburg. The battle is more commonly referred to today as the last battle of Winchester. Winchester, Virginia, where this battle took place, was a hot-spot during the Civil War, and …

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