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The first Masonic Grand Lodge in America was established (1733)

The first Masonic Grand Lodge in America was established (1733)

The chief founder of the new Grand Lodge was Henry Price, who received the authority to establish it from the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England himself, Lord Montague.

On July 30, 1733, the first Masonic Grand Lodge on the entire American continent was formed. It happened in Boston, at the time one of the largest and most important cities in North America. It is important to note that Boston and Massachusetts were the intellectual centers of the new American nation (Harvard University is there) and from them the American War of Independence (for example, the famous Boston Tea Party) began. This Grand Lodge still exists today and is currently the third oldest in the world (behind the Grand Lodges of England and Ireland). It is called the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, after an American colony whose capital was Boston.

The aforementioned Grand Lodge was established at the Bunch-of-Grapes Inn on King Street in Boston. 18 founders met. The main organizer was Henry Price, a tailor by profession, who received the authorization to establish it from the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England, Lord Montague (full name and title – Anthony Browne, 6th Viscount Montague). The original name of the new lodge was the Grand Lodge of St. John (St. John’s Grand Lodge), and Henry Price became the first Grand Master. The name was changed to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in 1792. The American Grand Lodge today has branches in China, Panama and the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba.

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