FAMOUS MASONS George Washington Ben Franklin John Hancock Andrew Jackson General Douglas MacArthur Franklin D. Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Harry Houdini (Ehrich Weiss)  Harry S. Truman John Wayne Arnold Palmer John Glenn  Sir Winston Churchill Peter Sellers Jack Kemp Ty Cobb   Who is Moses Paul?  Moses Paul Lodge Number 96 of Dover, NH was organized under dispensation by the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire on December 20, 1889 and received its Charter on May 20, 1890.  The Lodge is named after the late Most Worshipful Brother Moses Paul, Grand Master of New Hampshire in 1858 and 1859, and a Past Master of Strafford Lodge No. 29, also of Dover, New Hampshire. Born in Waterboro, Maine, on March 28, 1798, Moses Paul moved to Dover when he was nine years old.  Employed by the Cocheco Manufacturing Company at an early age, he became Superintendent of the company at the age of thirty and Agent at thirty-six.  A leading citizen of Dover, it is said that the city owed much to him for its prosperity.  Brother Paul’s home was located on Locust Street, at the corner of Church Street, and the building is still there today.  He died on July 9, 1860. As Grand Master, Brother Paul instituted the office of Grand Lecturer, set the stage for the Semi-annual Grand Lodge Communications, established a permanent home for the Grand Lodge in Concord, New Hampshire to request the conferring of degrees “by courtesy” in Maine and Massachusetts. Brother Paul was an ardent Free and Accepted Mason whose life was one of continual progress and accomplishment.  His many Masonic activities and services as a leader of several Masonic bodies mark him as one of the outstanding members of the craft. www.nhfreemasons.org FAMOUS HISTORIC NH MASONS William Whipple Signer of the Declaration of Independence Nicholas Gilman Signer of the Federal Constitution John Paul Jones Captain of the sloop-of-war Ranger.  First to show U.S. Flag to Europeans Major General John Stark Coined “Live Free or Die” Levi Woodbury Secretary of the Navy and Secretary of the Treasury under President Van Buren Admiral David G. Farragut First Admiral of the U.S. Navy Frank Fuller Friend of Abe Lincoln, former dentist, promoted his friend Mark Twain to success Charles F. Hall & Nathaniel Coffin North Pole expeditioners circa 1871   Did You Know?  NH has the oldest continuous running Masonic Lodge in the Americas. There are about 7000 Masons and 70 Lodges in New Hampshire. Granite used to build The George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA was quarried in Conway, NH. General John Sullivan who was born in Somersworth and raised in New Hampshire, served George Washington, was a delegate in the First Continental Congress, and was a Grand Master as well.   FOR MUCH MORE NH MASONIC HISTORY, VISIT THE WILLIAM PITT TAVERN IN PORTSMOUTH, NH OR VISIT THE NH GRAND LODGE AT www.nhgrandlodge.org Privacy Site Map