St. John's Masonic Lodge No. 53
Freemasonry was established in Tyler, Texas more than a century ago.
Freemasons welcome you to Tyler and this website.
Masons are the largest fraternity in the world.

323 W. Front Street
Tyler, TX 75702

A 163 year old Masonic Lodge
Charter granted January 19, 1849
Stated meeting: second Thursday 7:00
Masonic District 16

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What Is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is a way of life. It is a society of friends and brothers banded together into a Fraternity, for at the very foundation of Masonry is the precept of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man. It can be said that our great Fraternity is a Philosophy of Life.

Famous Masons

Fourteen of our nation's Presidents were Freemasons: George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson and both Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt just to name a few. Other Famous Masons were: John Wayne, John Glenn, Roy Rogers and Roy Acuff. These are but a few of the celebrities we know well.Ty Cobb, Jack Dempsey, "Sugar Ray" Robinson are all extraordinary athlete's and Freemasons

Famous Texas Freemasons;
Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, Anson Jones, Jim Bowie, William B.Travis and Davey Crockett are but a few of the many men included in our great Fraternity. Texas has a proud and long history of Freemasonry.

Supreme Count Justices and Judges
John Jay, Earl Warren, Joseph Lamar, Thurgood Marshall, William Taft, and John Marshall.

Since 1789, there have been 108 Justices of the United States Supreme Court. It s said that up to 40 of them were Freemasons. This means almost one-third of the Supreme Court Justices were Masons, percentage wise: a larger proportion than in the general population. Some I’m sure were Masons in name only, however it appears that several of these men were Masters of their Lodges, and some were also Grand Masters of their Grand Lodges. One would hope the spirit and philosophies of Freemasonry had some effect on them, Their were other Masons on the Supreme Court. This may mean that the decisions of the Supreme Court, which have had so much of an impact on the lives of all Americans, may reflect some of the teachings that were learned thru Freemasonry.

As you can see their are some great men, great Masons in our Fraternity, why you might ask?

Perhaps one of the greatest innate qualities of intelligent man is the desire for self-improvement, spiritual, physical, and mental.
Without question, it is this inbred trait that has led man to his present high level of mental and physical attainment.
Freemasonry offers you this opportunity. To be one, ask one.