Treasure Hunt in History (2 of 4)

Freemasonry and a Modern President

Harry S. Truman

President Truman joined the Masons in 1909. On October 19, 1945, he was coroneted a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason.

color portrait of President Truman in Masonic regalia

Caption: Color portrait of President Truman in the regalia of Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, a post that he held from 1940 to 1941. This portrait, painted by Greta Kempton, was unveiled in 1949. (NLHST #67-938)

President Truman at dedication of statue of George Washington at George Washington Masonic National Memorial

Caption: President Truman addressing the audience at the dedication of a statue of George Washington at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA on February 22, 1950. (ARC Identifer: 200177, NLHST #65-2302)

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President Truman's remarks at the dedication ceremony are available on the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum web site.