As the nation’s first president George Washington (1732–1799) has been cherished since he concluded his term of public service. In 1753 Washington was made a Mason in Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4 in Virginia, and maintained membership in that lodge throughout his life. When Alexandria Lodge No. 22 in Virginia, was chartered in 1788, Washington was the founding Master, although it seems to have been an honorary title. Shortly after Washington died in 1799, the lodge changed its name to Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 in honor of the president. The lodge is still active today and cherishes its Master’s chair, which was used by Washington when he attended lodge meetings.
In this image Washington is shown presiding as Master of the lodge. He wears an apron and collar and stands at the altar in the center of the room.
Stacy C. Hollander, "Washington as a Freemason," exhibition label for Mystery and Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection. Stacy C. Hollander, curator. New York: American Folk Art Museum, 2016.