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Friday, 30 March 2007
Millard v. the Masons
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Have I actually learned anything at this Magic Flute colloquium, a reader asks?

Well, yes, lots. For example: Millard Fillmore got his start in politics in a party that had been set up to combat Freemasonry. I never knew that (though I bet Hugh Fitzgerald did). The anti-Freemason party later merged in with the Whigs.

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Posted on 03/30/2007 4:21 PM by John Derbyshire
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30 Mar 2007
Hugh Fitzgerald

Well, yes. I'm not a 33-degree Mason but?I know about Millard Fillmore and?the calumny heaped on Masons because of the William Morgan business because I saw the exhibit on Freemasonry at the Museum of Our National Heritage, in Massachusetts, a free-to-the-public museum founded and run by ?the Scottish Rite Masons. That permanent exhibit (there are many temporary exhibits, also excellent) contained a forthright discussion of the William Morgan?disappearance, and the founding of an Anti-Mason party. Can't remember exactly where Millard Fillmore's name came up, but come up it did. ?