Benjamin Franklin Born January 17, 1706 Initiated February 1730 Raised Died April 17, 1790 Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston Massachusetts. Franklin began work in a printing press as a typesetter and author, but is best known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He is credited for founding the first public library, for his invention of the Glass Armonica, the lightning rod, bifocal glasses, the Franklin Stove, the flexible urinary catheter and the odometer. Franklin is also credited for his work and studies in the fields of electricity, light wave theory, oceanography, meteorology, geo-engineering, demography, and physics. In 1731 Franklin became a Freemason, and that year edited and published James Anderson's Constitutions of the Free-Masons, which was then the first Masonic publication in the Americas. Brother Franklin was called from labor on April 17, 1790 at the age of 84 and was laid to rest at Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia. >http://archive.fo/axvVe
Wolfgang Mozart Born January 27, 1756 Initiated December 14, 1784 Raised Died December 5, 1791 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Gerany. On January 27, 1756 he was baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. By the age of five, he was already composing, was competent on keyboard and violin, and performing before European Royalty. Mozart composed more than 600 works over his lifetime, many of which are considered as the pinnacle of chamber, operatic, choral, and symphonic music. He is among the most highly regarded classical composers in all of history, and his impact on Western music is profound. Mozart was made an Entered Apprentice Mason at the Viennese Masonic lodge called Zur Wohltätigkeit (Beneficence) on 14 December 1784. Since then it is said that many of his compositions were gilded with Masonic references, The Magic Flute being the most notable among them. Mozart many of his best-known symphonies, operas, concertos, and portions of the Requieum during his final years in Vienna. Mozart died on December 5, 1791 at the age of 35 and was interred two days later in a common grave at the St. Marx Cemetery outside of Vienna.>http://archive.fo/e1yof
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Born January 30, 1882 Initiated October 10, 1911 Raised Died April 12, 1945 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882 in Hyde Park, New York. Roosevelt became the 32nd President of the United States in 1933, and is the only president in U.S. history to have served four terms. From 1933-1945, he lead the nation through the Great Depression and World War II. Among many of his groundbreaking accomplishments, he is well known for his contributions to foreign and domestic policies and the formation of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and Social Security programs. Franklin D. Roosevelt was initiated into the fraternity of Freemasons at Holland Lodge No. 8 in New York City on October 10, 1911. Eighteen years later, he became a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, and later, a Noble in the Cyrus Shrine Temple, AAONOMS in Albany, New York, and a Prophet of the Tri-Po-Bed Grotto, MOVPER. Roosevelt also made Honorary Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Georgia and the Order of Demolay. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was called from labor on April 12, 1945 at the age of 63, and is laid to rest at the Rose Garden of the Springwood Estate in Hyde Park, New York.