Despite popular belief, only 14 of the 44 presidents of the United States were masons. Many people believe it to be a rite of passage to get into the White House, but the facts say differently. In our country's rich history, Freemasonry is quiet, but extremely significant. It is a little known fact that Washington D.C. is no longer the shape that it once was. In fact, Bro. George Washington wanted the capitol to be in the shape of a square. Look Familiar?
Due to the country's slavery issues in the years to come, and D.C. being a dividing point geographically between opinions on the matter, we have what is now Washington D.C. One of Teddy Roosevelt's biggest accomplishments in office was his domestic program known as the "Square Deal", and Andrew Jackson once said "Mr. Van Buren, your friends may be leaving you but my friends never leave me". Freemasonry while subtle, has always been present in United States history.
The following United States Presidents were Freemasons:
William Howard Taft
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Abraham Lincoln was not a Freemason. He did however, petition the Tyrian Lodge of Illinois right around the time of his presidential nomination. Shortly after he submitted his petition, he withdrew it though. His reasoning was that he did not want his petitioning the lodge to be taken as a ploy to gain more votes in the election. He was to re-petition the lodge once his presidency was over. Of course he didn't outlive his time in office, and so he never repetitioned.
Lyndon Johnson technically was a Freemason, as he was initiated into the degree of Entered Apprentice. He never did make it to Master Mason though, saying that his responsibilities in office left him with too little time.
Though not Freemasons, Dwight D. Eisenhauer, Jimmy Carter, and George H. W. Bush - whose inauguration was the bicentennial anniversary of George Washington's inauguration - all were inaugurated using George Washington's Inauguration Bible, which is owned by the St. Johns Lodge No. 1 in NY.