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President William McKinley decided to become a Freemason when he saw acts of compassion by a Union soldier toward Confederate prisoners during the Civil War. The Union Brother who extended the kindness told McKinley, "It makes no difference to me; they are Brother Masons in trouble and I am only doing my duty." "If that is Masonry," replied McKinley, "I will take some of it myself." At that, McKinley petitioned for membership. Even though he was a Union Major at the time, he was…

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The perfect ashlar is in us all. We must chip away the rough exterior with life experience and become who we were meant to be.

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11th US President- James K. Polk Born: November 2, 1795, near Pineville, North Carolina Died: June 15, 1849 Party: Democratic Age when inaugurated: 49 Term: 1845–1849. Polk was the first "dark horse"or little-known nominee to become President. He presided over the Mexican War, which added Texas, California, and other territory to the U.S. Famous Fact: Polk is the only President to have served as Speaker of the House.

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This picture of Elizabeth Aldworth dressed in her Masonic regalia was published in Robert Freke Gould's "Concise History of Freemasonry." The original from which the engraving was made is said to be a portrait painting in the possession of her descendents.

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