During a recent visit to the U.S. Capitol in
Washington, D.C., we were taken to the “House
Cox Corridors” and shown a painting in the
ceiling depicting George Washington dressed in
Masonic garb, laying the cornerstone to the U.S.
Capitol in 1793, as Grand Master of a
Freemasonic Lodge, with masonic rituals. Does
this not prove that George Washington was a
This painting was executed in 1974 by Allyn Cox, then official artist to the U.S. Capitol, under the direction of the Architect of the Capitol, George M. White, a Freemason.
The cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol was laid by George Washington on September 18, 1793. Washington, as President of the United States (the capital of the nation then being Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), was invited by the Commissioners of the City of Washington to lay it.
In a September 25, 1793 article, The Colombian Mirror and Alexandria Gazette newspaper reported that, from Georgetown (then Maryland), at about 10 o’clock, Lodge No. 9 were visited by that congregation, Lodge No. 22, of Virginia, with all their officers and regalia; and directly afterwards appeared on the southern banks of the Grand River Potomack, one of the finest companies of Volunteer Artillery that has been lately seen, parading to receive the President of the United States, who shortly came in sight with his suite – to whom the Artillery paid their military honors, and his Excellency and suite crossed the Potomack, and was received in Maryland, by the officers and brethren of No. 22, Virginia and No. 9, Maryland. The President headed the parade, preceded by a band of music and the rear brought up by the Alexandria Volunteer Artillery.
A list of those in the parade are given. The procession marched with dignity, music playing, drums beating, colours flying, and spectators rejoicing; from the President’s Square to the Capitol, in the City of Washington; where the Grand Marshall ordered each file in the procession – the Grand Sword Bearer led the van; followed by the Grand Master P.T. on the left – the President of the United States in the Centre – and the Worshipful (Grand) Master of Lodge No. 22, Virginia, on the right, to the south-east corner of the Capitol; and the Artillery filed off to the destined ground to display their manoeuvers and discharge their cannon: the President of the United States – The Grand Master, P.T. and Worshipful (Grand) Master of Lodge No. 22, taking their stand to the east of a huge stone. The Artillery discharged a Volley. The Grand Marshall delivered the Commissioners a large Silver Plate with an inscription thereon, which the Commissioners ordered to be read, and was as follows:
This South-east cornerstone, of the Capitol of the United States of America in the City of Washington, was laid on the18th day of September 1793, in the thirteenth year of American Independence, in the first year of the second term of the Presidency of George Washington, whose virtues in the civil administration of his country have been as conspicuous and beneficial, as his Military valor and prudence have been useful in establishing her liberties, and in the year of Masonry 5793, by the Grand Lodge of Maryland, several Lodges under its jurisdiction, and Lodge No. 22, from Alexandria, Virginia.
THOMAS JOHNSON, DAVID STUART, DANIEL CARROLL,
JOSEPH CLARK, R.W.G.M. – P.T. (Right Worshipful Master)*
JAMES HOBAN, STEPHEN HALLATE, Architects.
COLLEN WILLIAMSON, Master Mason.
The Artillery discharged a Volley. The Plate was then delivered to the President, who – attended by the Grand Master, P.T., and three most Worshipful Masters, descended to the cavesson trench – and deposed the plate, and laid on it the cornerstone of the Capitol of the United States of America.
George Washington, President of the United States and attendants ascended from the cavesson to the east of the cornerstone, and there the Grand Master P.T., elevated on a triple rostrum, delivered an Oration.
The event concluded with fifteen successive vollies from the Artillery, whose militia discipline and manoeuvers merit every commendation.1
The above original account of the U.S. Capitol Cornerstone Laying, makes it clear that, George Washington, President of the United States was invited by the Commissioners of the City of Washington to lay the Capitol cornerstone; that “Washington and his suite” crossed the Potomac River to Georgetown, Maryland (incorporated into the District of Columbia in 1895), where he was independently welcomed by a parade consisting of the Commissioners of Washington City; companies of Volunteer Artillery; Freemasonic Lodges of Maryland and Lodge 22 of Alexandria, Virginia; the Grand Marshall of the parade and a band of music; that in the parade, the President of the United States was placed “in the Centre,” with “the Grand Master, P.T. on his left,” and the “Worshipful Grand Master of Lodge 22, Alexandria, Virginia, on his right;” that the President of the United States was handed a Silver Plate, previously inscribed, extolling his virtues and valor, which the Commissioners ordered to be read – Washington being unapprised of its contents, bearing the names of the Commissioners of Washington City; James Hoban (architect of the White House; and Stephen Hallate, Architect); Joseph Clark, Right Worshipful Grand Master, P.T.; and Collen Williamson, Master Mason; and that the President was then requested, with “attendants,” to lay it on the cornerstone. This original account exposes the falsified Freemasonic records that George Washington “laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol as Grand Master of Lodge 22, Alexandria, Virginia,” – Washington’s own words testifying against the Freemason’s claim that he was a Freemason, and that he laid the Capitol Cornerstone as Grand Master of the Freemasonic Lodge 22 in Alexandria Virginia: “I preside over no Lodges in the United States, nor have I been in one more than once or twice, within the last thirty years.”
From the above-cited facts, the 1974 U.S. Capitol House Cox Corridors’ painting of George Washington Laying the Capitol Cornerstone as a Grand Master Freemason, by Allyn Cox, under the jurisdiction of Architect of the Capitol, George M. White, Freemason, being false, ought to be immediately erased from the walls of the U.S. Capitol, having contaminated millions of Americans since 1974 – youth in particular – with its “pernicious, nefarious and diabolical” defamation of George Washington’s true character and identity.
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The Colombian Mirror and Alexandria Gazette, September 25, 1793, Alexandria, Virginia.