Albert Pike was the oldest of six children born to Benjamin and Sarah Andrews Pike on 29th December, 1809, in Boston. He attended Harvard and later served in the Confederate Army as a Brigadier-General. Pike was found guilty of treason after the Civil War and imprisoned, only to be pardoned by fellow Freemason President Andrew Johnson on 22nd April, 1866, who met with him the next day at the White House.
On 20th June 1867, Scottish Rite officials conferred upon Johnson the 4th to 32nd Freemasonry degrees, and he later went to Boston to dedicate a Masonic Temple.
Pike was a 33rd degree Mason and one of the founding fathers of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, serving as Grand Commander of North American Freemasonry from 1859 until his death in 1891. In 1869, he was a prominent member of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan as well as the Knights of the Golden Circle/Sons of Liberty.
Pike was a Satanist who dabbled in the occult, and he reportedly possessed a bracelet that he used to summon Lucifer, with whom he maintained constant contact. He was the Grand Master of the Order of the Palladium (or Sovereign Council of Wisdom), a Luciferian organization founded in Paris in 1737. Pythagoras brought Palladism to Greece from Egypt in the fifth century, and it was this Satanic cult that was introduced to the Masonic lodges’ inner circle.
It was allied with the Templar Palladium. Issac Long brought a Baphomet (Satan) statue to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1801, where he helped establish the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. Long apparently chose Charleston because it is located on the 33rd parallel of latitude (as is Baghdad), and this council is regarded as the Mother Supreme Council of all Masonic Lodges worldwide.
Pike was Long’s successor, and he changed the name of the Order to the New and Reformed Palladian Rite (or Reformed Palladium). The Order contained two degrees which are Adelph (or Brother), and Companion of Ulysses (or Companion of Penelope).
Phileas Walder, a former Lutheran minister, Masonic leader, occultist, and spiritualist from Switzerland, was Pike’s right-hand man. Pike also collaborated closely with Giusseppe Mazzini of Italy (1805-1872), a 33rd degree Mason who became the Illuminati’s leader in 1834 and founded the Mafia in 1860. Albert Pike intended to use the Palladian Rite, along with Mazzini, Lord Henry Palmerston of England (1784-1865, 33rd degree Mason), and Otto von Bismarck of Germany (1815-1898, 33rd degree Mason), to create a Satanic umbrella group that would tie all Masonic groups together.
Albert Pike died on April 2, 1891, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, though his body is now housed in the headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry’s Council of the 33rd degree in Washington, D.C.