History of the Illuminati
The Illuminati ( Bavarian Illuminati) is a secret society founded on 1 May 1776. Many influential politicians, business, artists & religious people are members of the Illuminati
Jesuit Priest, Adam Weishaupt founded the Illuminati with the goal to to oppose superstition, obscurantism, religious influence over public life, and abuses of state power.
Many influential intellectuals and progressive politicians counted themselves as members, including Ferdinand of Brunswick and the diplomat Xavier von Zwack, who was the Order's second-in-command
Illuminati founder: Adam Weishaupt
The founder of the Illuminati was Johann Adam Weishaupt, he was born on 6 February 1748
Weishaupt was a Jesiuit Priest, Freemason and professor of Canon Law at the University of Ingolstadt.
On 1 May 1776 Weishaupt & 4 students Massenhausen, Bauhof, Merz & Sutor formed the Perfectibilists
In April 1778 the order became the Illuminatenorden (Order of Illuminati) with the Owl of Minerva its symbol.
The Illuminati & the Freemasons
Weishaupt joined the Freemason in February 1777 admitted to the lodge "Prudence" of the Rite of Strict Observance
In March 1779 Weishaupt obtained formed a Freemanson lodge called Theodore of the Good Council in Munich
Freemason Grand Master Adolph Knigge joined Weishaupt's lodge (The Illuminati) in 1780
In 1782 Lodge Theodore became an independent masonic lodge & by 1784 had over 2500 members
Banning of secret societies
In 1785, Duke of Bavaria Karl Theodor banned secret societies, including the Illuminati
After the ban of secret societies, the Illuminati went undeground & members starting using pseudonyms
In 1798, George Washington wrote about the Illuminati threat confirming its existance after the ban
The birthplace of the Illuminati
The Illuminati was founded in the city of Ingolstadt in Germany on 1 March 1779
Weishaupt formed the Order of the Illuminati to oppose the abuse of power
The Illuminati grew to over 2 500 members in Germany, France, Hungary, Italy and Poland