Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was a very active and prominent Freemason in colonial America. He was initiated in February 1731 at St John’s Lodge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He became the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania in 1734. He also printed and published the first masonic book in America “The Constitutions of the Freemasons“. In 1777 he became a member of the “Loge des Neuf Soeurs” of Paris, where he helped initiate the famous French philosopher Voltaire. He also met many famous and influential European Freemasons through this particular lodge. Including members of the Prussian military and nobility, who helped connect George Washington and King Frederick the Great. Who in turn supported the American Revolution financially and militarily.