A lithograph of Benjamin Brown French, published in the Masonic Keystone and Mirror, gives of us a life-like portrait of a high ranking Mason dressed in regalia. The realistic image was probably derived from a daguerreotype or photograph.  French served as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia from December 1846 through December 1853. In this capacity he had the honor to lay the cornerstone of the Washington Monument at the ceremony held on July 4, 1848, and for the occasion he wore the Masonic apron that had belonged to George Washington.

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