John W. Bizzack, Ph.D.

The Enigmatic Life of Major John Belli Merchant, Solider, Spy, and Freemason

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / May 1, 2024 /

Download PDF The Enigmatic Life of Major John Belli Merchant, Solider, Spy, and Freemason John W. Bizzack, Ph.D.   The Enigmatic Life of Major John Belli is, in part, an excerpt from How and Why Freemasonry Came to Kentucky, Autumn House Publishing 2014, John W. Bizzack, and Notable Men in Kentucky Who Happened to be…

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The Intersecting Masonic and Political World of Henry Clay

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. and Dan M. Kemble / May 1, 2024 /

Download PDF Searching for the Intersecting Masonic and Political World of Henry Clay John W. Bizzack and Dan M. Kemble This research appears in The Rubicon Masonic Society Transactions, Volume 1, 2023. The research is a product of the collaborative work between Lexington Lodge No.1, the William O. Ware Lodge of Research, and the Rubicon…

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The Great Masonic Can-Kicking: 1779-2024

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / April 29, 2024 /

Download PDF THE GREAT MASONIC CAN-KICKING: 1779-2024 John W. Bizzack, PM, Lexington, Lodge No. 1, Lexington, Kentucky A paper read at the 80th Annual Consistory of The Society of Blue Friars, Friday, February 9, 2024, Arlington, Virigina. On December 27, 1779, American Union Lodge 1, which was first chartered in Massachusetts in 1776 Oand functioned…

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The Steamboat Captain Who Changed the Course of Freemasonry in Kentucky

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / April 29, 2024 /

Download PDF The Steamboat Captain Who Changed the Course of Freemasonry in Kentucky John W. Bizzack PM, Lexington Lodge No. 1, Research Committee Chair, William O. Ware Lodge of Research ABSTRACT History does not give a us a clear account of what the man who, in August 1851 at the 51st Annual Communication of the…

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Burlesquing Freemasonry

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. and Dan M. Kemble / April 29, 2024 /

Download PDF BURLESQUING FREEMASONRY THE WORKING JACKET OF A MASTER MASON AND THE AGE OF FRIVOLITY John W. Bizzack and Dan M. Kemble   BURLESQUING FREEMASONRY The Working Jacket of a Master Mason and The Age of Frivolity Past Masters John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. and Dan M. Kemble, J.D. This research appears in Volume 1…

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Unraveling Tall Tales

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / March 10, 2024 /

Download PDF Unraveling Tall Tales A 21st Century Investigation into the Disputable Masonic Claims that Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett Were Freemasons John W. Bizzack, Ph.D..     PREFACE In matters of history, even a casual concern for accuracy can have staggering rippling effects. Unless proven otherwise, often what is continually reported will be taken…

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Men of Good Timber – As Goes Society, So Goes Freemasonry

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. and Dan M. Kemble / March 8, 2024 /

When we refer to the caliber of a good man’s character, his work ethic, resilience, decency, citizenship, faith, family values, and other aspects of what we commonly consider the measure of such a man, we say the man is of good timber.American poet and short-story writer, Douglas Malloch, is credited with bringing that term into popular usage in his 1922 poem, “Good Timber.” The significance of the poem is Malloch’s use of a sagely metaphor that reminds us that, like a tree, a man must consistently bear up against strong winds and other elements of his surroundings, and develop deep roots to nourish growth if he is to live an upright life of value, upon which a premium may be placed. Men who strive hard to surmount struggles of their sum and substance become, like trees, good timber. Some interpret Malloch’s work as a reminder that life without hardship is one of unfulfilled potential.

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What Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time – Shooting Ourselves In The Foot

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / December 31, 2023 /

From 1793-1805, England’s growing concern and fear of invasion by Napoleon’s enormous army and navy resulted in Parliament authorizing several watch stations to be built along the English coast and manned by civil servants. The purpose of these watch stations and duties of the lookouts was to serve as the early warning system to an invasion fully expected to arrive by way of the English Channel. Napoleon’s plan to invade England,however, was sidetracked in 1805 as he became more focused on his military campaigns in Austria and Egypt. In 1815, the English army defeated Napoleon once and for all at the Battle of Waterloo and the threat of an invasion completely disappeared.

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Following Reason In Freemasonry

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / December 31, 2023 /

We call the natural ability to make sound judgments based on observable facts, common sense. As we are told in a quote often attributed to Voltaire, common sense is not so common. Keeping an open mind, no matter one’s bias is a hallmark resting at the core of any research, especially research about American Freemasonry. Another guiding principle for research about Freemasonry and the institutions that surround it, is appreciating the reality that to attain truth is to be open to the possibility that we are simply not right about a lot of things because we do not take into consideration the original meaning or intent of actions,courses, and even simple mottos. The story behind the seal of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts is an example of what research can do when reason is followed. In fact, the term, Follow Reason, appears today as a motto on that grand lodge seal. Following reason is precisely what Masons in that state did in 1880 after a committee in 1857 presented a report that changed the original 1733 seal and motto.

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Feeds, Functions And Fraternity Politics – The Way We’ve Always Done It?

By John W. Bizzack, Ph.D. / December 31, 2023 /

Surely the founders of Freemasonry and the authors and revisers of our ritual must have given due regard to this basic problem of life when they designed the ceremonies whereby candidates are inducted into our Craft. Certainly, the central theme of all our rituals is the leading of those blinded by the darkness of ignorance, and bound by the cords of superstition, out into the uplifting light of truth and knowledge. Who can justly deny the design of Freemasonry’s educational aims and activities; but some may doubt whether we are placing proper emphasis on the fundamental objectives of our Fraternity today?

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