HISTORY OF THE MODERN ORDER
Our Order traces its roots back to the ancient Knights Templar founded by Hugues de Payens in 1118. Our Grand Masters are elected and serve for life, just as it has been done since the beginning of the Order. The position of Grand Master can not be passed on through anyone's will or by being the son of a Grand Master. Any, so called, "Templar" Order that uses those claims to support Grand Master succession is not legitimate. The Master of our Order is his General Ronald S. Mangum.
Our Order was restored by His Imperial Majesty, Napoleon Bonaparte, by imperial decree in 1807. In 1853, it was given recognition by Emperor Napoleon III. In 1918, the Order was re-registered in France in accordance with French law. On January 19th, 1932, it was registered in Brussels, Belgium: 1957 Namur / Belgium BE-410 20708. This recording was done by three Belgian Templars in Brussels, Joseph Cleeremans, Gustave Jonckbloedt and Théodore Covias. The record of the registration of the "Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem" appears in the Belgian Monitor on January 20, 1933. Lastly our Order was re-registered in Namur, Belgium on November 15th, 1975.