The history books tell us that James Buchanan, Jr. was the 15th President of the United States (1857–1861). He is the only president from Pennsylvania and the only president who remained a lifelong bachelor.
What they seldom mention is that he was a Mason and he was a member of Lodge No. 43. He served his Blue Lodge as Worshipful Master. Imagine that! Only one lodge on Pennsylvania can boast it is the Blue Lodge of a President of the United States – and that is our lodge!
So it was a special day when President Buchanan himself visited the Masonic Center of Lancaster – and Lodge No. 43 in particular – during our Open House on August 18.