Henry Knox First Day Issue Variation: Fellow Secretary of War and Mason, James Monroe #1851
|July 30, 2012||Posted by Lars under 1980s, Masonic, Military, U.S. History, U.S. Presidents|
Henry Knox Masonic Fist Day Cover
Continuing in the exploration of the Henry Knox 8 cent first day issue, here’s another fine-looking first day cover featuring an Edsel masonic cachet. Featured here is James Monroe, who served under President James Madison as 8th U.S. Secretary of War and concurrently Secretary of State during the War of 1812.
Monroe continued on to serve as the 5th U.S. President, being the last president who was a Founding Father and final president from the long line of Virginians to hold that office. As mentioned in the first day cover cachet by Edsel, Monroe was wounded in the Battle of Trenton and recovered to continue fighting at Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth.
As both Secretary of War and Secretary of Sate, he was the first to push for conscription of military service. The Pennsylvania Grand Lodge notes that Bro. Monroe was a member of St. John’s Regimental Lodge, initiated Nov. 9, 1775, and later member of Lodge No. 6, Williamsburg, VA. Unfortunately, a good amount of his Lodge records have been lost.