Famous Masons Section
- So many times people say "
I have never known or heard of anyone who was a Mason". This is
a very common response. But chances everyone knows a few people who were
- Here are a few well known and
respected men: John Wayne (Actor), Wolfgang Mozart
(Musician), Will Rogers (Actor), Ernest Borgnine (Actor),
Clark Gable (Actor), "Duke" Ellington" (Musician),
George Washington (Farmer, Politician(1st President of the United
Abbott, Sir John J.C. - Canadian
politician who served as Prime Minister (1891-1892).
Abbott, William "Bud" - Famous half of the Abbott &
Costello comedy team.
Acuff, Roy - "King of Country Music"
Aldrich, Nelson Wilmarth - U. S. Senator, known for his
extensive impact on banking reform. He also served as Treasurer of the
Grand Lodge of Rhode Island.
Aldrin, Edwin E. - Known as "Buzz" - American astronaut
who as a crew member of Apollo 11 became the second human being to walk
on the moon (July 20, 1969).
Alfond, Harold - Owned famous 'Dexter Shoe Company' and
noted philanthropist. Sports complexes throughout Maine made possible by
his generous contributions bear his name.
Allen, Charles H. - First Governor of Puerto Rico
(1800-1802) when it was freed of its 400 year despotic rule by Spain.
Allen, Ira - Known as the 'Father of Vermont', he
played a significant role in the acceptance of Vermont as a State and
then gave land to help found the University of Vermont.
Althouse, Monroe - Director, Ringgold Band of
Ames, Ezra - Portrait painter
who painted portraits of Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John
Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Martin
Van Buren, George Clinton, DeWitt Clinton.
Anderson, Brad - Cartoonist and creater of the popular
'Marmaduke' comic strip
Anderson, Robert - Major General U.S.
Army who was in command of Fort Sumter at time
of Confederate attack. Known as "Hero Of Fort
André, Major John - British soldier who attempted to assist
Benedict Arnold in his treasonous betrayal of West Point. He was
sendenced to death and hanged in 1790.
George - Eccentric composer of the 1920s. His trademark work
was the 1924 work "Le Ballet Mecanique", which incorporated sounds from
machines like airplane propellers and car horns.
Archer, Dennis - Mayor of Detroit, Michigan
Arlen, Richard - Movie actor.
Armstrong, Louis - Known as "Satchmo."
American jazz trumpeter. A virtuoso musician and popular, gravelly
voiced singer, he greatly influenced the development of jazz.
Arnold, Eddie - Country Music legend and member of the
Grand Ole Opry
Arnold, General Henry "Hap" - Medal of Honor recipient
and American general whose efforts helped establish what is now the U.S.
Air Force. Commander, Army Air Force in World War II.
Arthur William Patrick Albert / Prince Arthur - Third
son of Queen Victoria and the longest serving Grand Master of the United
Grand Lodge of England
Asher, Max - US movie actor - Keysone Kop.
Audubon, John James -
American ornithologist and artist known for
his imposing works in full color of Birds of America.
He referred to himself as a "Mason" and
"Brother" in his diary but no proof has been found
of his membership.
Elden - US baseball 'submarine' pitcher
Austin, Stephen F. - American colonizer and political
leader who worked to make Texas a state of Mexico but later helped Texas
settlers gain their independence (1836). Known as the 'Father of Texas'.
Autry, Gene - American actor who made some 90 movies
from the 1930s through the 1950s, cowboy singer ("Back in the Saddle
Again" and more), and professional sports team owner (original owner of
the California Angels baseball team). Many young people today have grown
up listening to his rendition of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer".
Brother Gene was a "true gentleman".
Bagley, Edward E.
- Composer of 'National Emblem' march
Bahr, Hermann - Austrian writer, essayist and critic, he
was an intellectual interpreter of his time.
Baldry, Tony - Current (1999) UK Member, House of Commons
Baldwin, Henry - American jurist who served as an associate justice
of the U.S. Supreme Court (1830-1844).
Balfour, Lloyd - Jewelry Manufacturer. Millions of students
have for generations chosen class rings from Balfour Jewelry
Banks, Sir Joseph - Noted naturalist who accompanied Capt.
Cook on his journeys around the world.
Barnard, Lawrence "Slim"
- Creator and host of TV's 'The Happy Wanderer' travelogue show of the
Barnes, Roy - 80th/Present (1999) Governor of Georgia
Barnes, W. W. - Professor of church history at Southwestern
Bartholdi, Frederic A. - French sculptor best known for his figure
of Liberty Enlightening the World, the Statue of Liberty, in New
Barton, Edmund - Speaker of the legislative assembly, New
South Wales, Australia, Attorney General, and judge of the Australian high
Basie, William "Count" - Orchestra leader/composer
Bates, Frederick - Governor of Missouri
Bayh, Birch - US Democratic Senator from Indiana from
Baylor, Robert E. B. - Founder of Baylor University, Texas'
first Baptist college
Beard, Daniel Carter - American writer and illustrator. In
1905, he founded the Sons of Daniel Boone which in 1910 became the first Boy
Scout organization in the US.
Bell, Lawrence - Bell Aircraft Corp.
Bellans, Francis J. - The minister who created America's
Pledge of Allegiance
Benes, Eduard - President of Czechoslovakia elected in
1935, he led his nation's government into exile after the outbreak of World
War II. He resigned in 1948 when he was forced to yield to a Communist
Bennett, Viscount R.B. - 12th Prime Minister of Canada
Benton, Thomas Hart - U. S. Senator from Missouri for 30
years and Grand Master of Iowa
Bentsen, Lloyd M. - A life member of his Masonic Lodge in
Texas, Bro. Bentsen served the U. S. with honor and distinction as a bomber
pilot in WWII, a US Congressman, Senator and Secretary of the Treasury. His
run for the presidency in 1976 allowed the country to meet this kind and
considerate man. He was the Vice Presidential candidate with Michael Dukakis
in the 1988 campaign where, during the debate with his opponent he used the
now-famous phrase "I knew John Kennedy....". Bro. Bentsen's daughter advises
us that he suffered a stroke about two years ago and is now confined to a
wheel chair but in November, 2000 will celebrate his 57th wedding
anniversary! His daughter Tina was a member of Rainbow and is now an Eastern
Star. Her daughter is a Rainbow Grand Representative so the Masonic
connection runs deep.
Berlin, Irving - Entertainer and songwriter who wrote more
than 1,500 songs including "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1911) and several
musical comedies like Annie Get Your Gun (1946)
Berthold, Bartholomew - Businessman who organized the first
territorial bank in the Louisiana Territory
Black, Hugo L. - U. S. Senator and Supreme Court Justice
Blair, Jr., John - U. S. Supreme Court Justice and member
of the Constitutional Convention.
Blanc, Mel - If you've heard cartoon characters Bugs Bunny,
Elmer Fudd, Barney Rubble of the Flintstones, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig,
Sylvester the cat or others, you've heard the voice this 50+ year Mason who
brought so much pleasure to so many children for so many years.
Blatchford, Samuel - U.. S. Supreme Court Justice
Boaz, Hiram Abiff - Bishop of the Methodist Church, one of
the first presidents of Texas Wesleyan University and a member of two Texas
Bond, Shadrach - First Grand Master of Freemasons and first
Governor of Illinois
Boone, Daniel - Mythologized early U. S. pioneer
responsible for the exploration of Kentucky. Although his Masonic membership
is unprovable, here is what Nathan Boone had to say about his father's
funeral: "Father's body was conveyed to Flanders Callaway's home at Charette,
and there the funeral took place. There were no military or Masonic honors,
the latter of which he was a member, as there were then but very few in that
region of the country." (Hammon, Neal O. (ed.) "My Father, Daniel Boone-
The Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone." Lexington, Kentucky: The
University Press of Kentucky, 1999. p. 139.)
Borden, Sir Robert Laird - Prime Minister of Canada during World
Borglum, Gutzon & Lincoln - Father and Son who carved the
presidential busts on Mt. Rushmore
Borgnine, Ernest - Film and television actor. In 1955
received the Oscar as Best Actor for the film Marty. Known to a
generation of television fans for his role as the Captain in McHale's
Navy. He actively serves Freemasonry and is presently
the Honorary Chairman of a program to support the Scottish Rite Childhood
Language Center in Richmond.
Bortnyansky, Dimitry Stepanovich - Genius Russian composer,
author of many religious musical works and the song "How Glorious is Our
Lord in Zion" which served for a considerable time as the national anthem of
the Russian empire.
Bowell, Sir Mackenzie - British-born Canadian Prime
Minister 1894-96 who later led the Conservative opposition.
Bowie, James - American-born Mexican colonist who joined
the Texan forces during the struggle for independence from Mexico. He died
during the defense of the Alamo.
Bradley, Omar N. - American general. Played a major part in
the Allied victory in World War II.
Brant, Joseph - Chief of the Mohawks 1742 - 1807. Supported
the British in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.
Breckinridge, John C. - American Vice President, he ran as
the pro-slavery candidate and lost to Abraham Lincoln. His bust is in the
Senate wing of the US Capitol.
Brown, Major General Charles E. Jr. - Served as US Army
Chief of Chaplains.
Brown, Joe E. - Immensely popular actor with the BIG mouth!
Bruce, James of Kinnaird - Scottish explorer who made an
epic voyage to Abyssinia in the 18th century. Not as widely known, however,
is that he was a considerable scholar who brought back from Abyssinia three
copies of the Book of Enoch, the apocryphal book which relates to the Royal
Arch Degrees, certain of the Scottish Rite Degrees and to the Royal Order of
Scotland. The book did not make it into the Biblical canon primarily because
no complete copy existed in Europe prior to Kinnaird's journey. The copies
he brought back were in the Abyssinian language which he learned before
going there although no one knows how!
Bryan, William Jennings - US Secretary of State under President
Buchanan, James - 15th President of the U.S. (1857-1861).
Bullock, Bob - Texas Lt. Governor.
Burke, Arleigh - Highly decorated US Navy Admiral whose
leadership helped win the battle in the Pacific during World War II
Burnett, David G. - 1st President of the Republic of Texas
Burrows, Lansing - President of the Southern Baptist
Convention (1914-1916), secretary of the SBC from 1881-1913, and pastor of 8
Southern Baptist churches.
Burns, Conrad - US Senator from Montana
Burns, Robert - The National Poet of Scotland. His lyrics,
written in dialect and infused with humor, celebrate love, patriotism, and
rustic life. Freemasonry was more important to him than any other
institution in Scotland!
Burton, Harold H. - Supreme Court Justice (1945-1958)
Burton, Ron - Professional football player with the Boston
Patriots, Past Master of his lodge, and involved in the Grand Lodge of
Butterfield, Daniel - Major General in the Civil War Union
Army; holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor but known especially for
his writing of America's best known bugle call, "Taps"
Byrd, Admiral Richard E. - American naval officer and
explorer. He was the first to fly over the North Pole (with Floyd Bennet in
Byrd, Robert C. - The "Dean" of the US Senate.
Byrnes, James F. - Supreme Court Justice and Secretary of
State. He tried unsuccessfully to ease post-WW2 tensions between the US and
Calvo, Father Francisco - Catholic Priest who started
Freemasonry in Costa Rica 1865
Cantor, Eddie - Popular vaudevillian
Carroll, B. H. - First president of Southwestern Seminary
and instrumental in the creation of the Department of Evangelism of the Home
Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention
Carson, Christopher "Kit" - Frontiersman, scout and
Cass, Lewis - American solider, politician and diplomat.
Served as Secretary of War, Secretary of State, and U. S. Senator. He was a
Grand Master of Iowa and the first Grand Master of Michigan.
Catton, John - U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Christian, John T. - Baptist Minister; Professor of Church
History and Librarian of the Baptist Bible Institute. The Library on the New
Orleans seminary campus bears his name.
Chrysler, Walter P. - American automobile manufacturer who
founded the Chrysler Corporation
Churchill, Winston - British politician and writer. Prime
Minister (1940-1945 and 1951-1955). His inspiration is often credited with
helping Britain survive under the onslaught of Hitler's evil.
Citroen, Andre - French engineer and motor car manufacturer
Clark, Mark Wayne - US Army General who commanded the
American Fifth Army when it made its initial landings on the Italian
mainland. Later commanded the 15th Army Group consisting of the British
Eight and American Fifth Armies as it effected the conquest of Italy.
Clark, Montague Graham, Jr. - Presbyterian
minister and President of the School of the Ozarks.
Clark, Roy - Country-Western star and singer; member of the
Grand Ole Opry
Clark, Tom C. - Supreme Court Justice (1949-1967)
Clark, William - American explorer and frontier politician
who joined another Freemason, Meriwether Lewis on the Lewis and Clark
expedition (1804-6), the first overland exploration of the American West and
Pacific Northwest. Clark was responsible for the careful mapmaking. He later
served as Native American agent and governor of the Missouri Territory
Clarke, John H. - Supreme Court Justice (1916-1922)
Clay, Henry - Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
and Grand Master of Kentucky
Clemens, Samuel L. - Mark Twain - Writer and humorist. His
famous works include the characters of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
Clinton, De Witt - Mayor of New York City, Governor of New
York, and presidential candidate, he also served as Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of New York.
Clinton, George - Third Vice President of the United States
and first to die in office.
Cobb, Ty - U. S. baseball player and manager who was the
first player elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Cody, "Buffalo Bill" William - American guide, scout and
showman, he founded the "Wild West Show" which toured Europe and America.
Cody, Wyoming is named after him.
Cohan, George M. - American composer and lyricist, famous
for such songs as "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
Cole, Nat 'King' - Great pianist and ballad singer
Coleman, Frank - Founder of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Collodi, Carlo - Writer of 'Pinocchio'
Colt, Samuel - Firearms inventor and manufacturer. He
invented the first revolver.
Combs, Earle Bryan - Baseball Hall of Fame
Conner, W. T. - Taught theology at Southwestern Seminary
Cook, Joseph - British
Craig, John B. - Career US foreign service officer and
current (1999) Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman
Crockett, David ('Davy') - Frontiersman and politician. US
Representative from Tennessee who joined the Texas revolutionaries fighting
against. Mexico. He died at the siege of the Alamo.
Crosby, Norm - Comedian and entertainer. Always seen on the
Jerry Lewis telethons for muscular dystrophy in the US. He is a Past Master
of a Lodge in Massachusetts.
Crowe, William J. Jr. - Served as Commander-in-Chief, US
Pacific Command; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sworn in as U.S.
Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on
May 19, 1994.
Cushing, William - Supreme Court Justice
Dallas, George M. - 12th American Vice President, he
also served as Minister to Russia (1837-39) and to Great Britain (1856-61)
Darrah, Delmar -
Stimulus, imagination and drive for the founding of the
American Passion Play, a vivid portrayal of the life of Jesus of Nazareth,
for more than four decades, one of the Midwest US's greatest religious
dramas and the forerunner of all such plays in the United States.
Daub, Hal -
Mayor of Omaha, Nebraska (2001)
Dearborn, Major General Henry - Ranking US Army commander
during the War of 1812.
DeBar, Ben - One of the most famous of the early day US
actors and one of the first of prominence to play in 'talkies'.
Decroly, Ovide - Noted developer of educational psychology
delPilar, Marcelo - The "Father of Philippine Masonry", a
lawyer who founded the first daily newspaper published in the native Tagalog
DeMille, Cecil B. - Film director. DeMille directed the
first Hollywood film, The Squaw Man, in 1914. DeMille became the creative
genius behind Paramount Pictures and was integral to Hollywood's development
as the film capitol of the world. Two of his greatest film successes were
The Ten Commandments (1923, remade 1956) and The Greatest Show on
Dempsey, (William Harrison) Jack - Became a professional
boxer in 1912 and fought in more than 100 semi-pro and professional bouts
before winning the heavyweight championship in 1919. He successfully
defended his title five times before losing to Gene Tunney in an upset in
1926. In the rematch in 1927, Dempsey knocked Tunney down in the seventh
round but delayed going to a neutral corner, so the referee gave the
controversial "long count" (estimated from 14 to 21 seconds) and Tunney went
on to win on points. Later became a restaurant owner in New York.
Desaguliers, John Theophilus - Inventor of the planetarium
Devanter, Willis Van - Supreme Court Justice
Dickens, Little Jimmy -
Grand Old Opry member
Diefenbaker, John G. - Prime Minister of Canada 1957-63
Dirksen, Everett M. - American political leader, he served
eight terms in the US House of Representatives and became Republican
minority leader of the Senate.
Dole, Robert J. - Decorated Veteran, World War II; U.S.
Congressman and Senator from Kansas, 1961–96; Majority and Minority Leader,
U.S. Senate; Nominee for President of the United States 1996; Humanitarian
Dodge, Henry - First U.S. Marshal in Missouri, Governor of
Wisconsin Territory, Senator from Wisconsin.
Doolittle, General James - American Army officer and
aviator, he led the daring raids on Tokyo.
Douglas, William O. - US Supreme Court Justice for 36
Dow, Herbert Henry - Founded Dow Chemical Co.
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan - British physician and writer,
creator of the famous "Sherlock Holmes".
Drake, Edwin L. - American pioneer of the oil industry
Driver, Captain Thomas - In 1831 received a delegation of
ladies aboard his ship, the SS Charles. They presented him with a new flag
which they had just made. Touched by the unexpected gift, he immediately
ordered the new colors run up the mast and as he saluted declared, "I name
thee Old Glory." The name stuck and Bro. Driver carried "Old Glory" twice
around the world.
DuBois, W.E.B. - Educator/Scholar and co-founder of the
Dunant, Jean Henri - Philanthropist who inspired the
foundation of the Red Cross
- Easton, Rufus - First postmaster west of the
Ebbets, Charles H. - Owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers
baseball team and President of the National League for 27 years. He
build Ebbets Field.
- Edson, Carroll A. - Co-founder of the Order of the
Arrow, a Boy Scout honor fraternity.
Edward VII - Prince of Wales and subsequently King of
Edward VIII - King of England who abdicated the throne in less
than 1 year in order to marry the woman he loved.
Elgin, Lord - In addition to being the Chief of the
Name of Bruce, he is the Convenor of the Standing Council of Scottish
Chiefs, retired Brigadier General in the Scots Guard Reserve, and is a
Knight of the Thistle. He is a former Grand Master Mason of Scotland
(the Grand Master as styled in Scotland) and has been head of the Royal
Arch Chapter in Scotland for many years. Additionally he is the
worldwide head of the Royal Order of Scotland.
Ellington, Duke - American jazz composer, orchestrator,
bandleader, and pianist, considered the greatest composer in the history
of jazz music and one of the greatest musicians of the 20th Century.
Ellison, Dr. Marcus - Past President of Virginia Union
University and an author of various Masonic publications. He was an
active member of the United Supreme Council - Southern Jurisdiction and
a member of Jonathan Lodge #112 F&AM, Richmond, VA
Ellsworth, Oliver - The third Chief Justice of the US Supreme
Court and responsible for the term "United States" appearing in the
Enzi, Michael B. - United States Senator (Wyoming)
whose father was also an active Mason and whose mother was a member of
the Order of Eastern Star.
Ernette, James L. - Pennsylvania State Trooper also
served as Grand Master of the GL of PA (1998-99)
Ervin Jr, Samuel J. - As U.S. Senator from North
Carolina, he led the "Watergate" committee during the Nixon presidency
and was widely praised for his fair-handed behavior.
Evanko, Col. Paul J. - Current (1999) Commissioner of
the Pennsylvania State Police.
Evans, Bob - Famous restaurateur, his eateries are
found throughout the United States.
Faber, Eberhard - Head of the famous Eberhard Faber Pencil
Fairbanks, Douglas - American silent film actor known for
his performance in swashbuckling adventures such as 'Robin Hood'
Farragut, David G. - Admiral, US Navy. Leading Union naval
officer of the US Civil War.
Feller, Bob - Hall of Fame baseball pitcher with the 28th
most winning record.
Fernández-Juncos, Manuel - Hero of Puerto Rico, the
capital's second most important boulevard is named after him.
Fiala, Anthony - War correspondent and famous photographer
of Brazilian and polar expeditions.
Field, Stephen J. - US Supreme Court Justice (1863-1897)
Fields, W. C. - American entertainer known for his raspy
voice, bulbous nose, and sardonic disposition. His films include My
Little Chickadee (1940) and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
Fisher, Geoffrey - English churchman, the 99th Archbishop
of Canterbury. He became Bishop of London in 1939, and archbishop of
Canterbury in 1945. Fisher was a distinguished pastor and administrator,
helping to reorganize the work of the Church of England after World War II.
As President of the World Council of Churches (1946-54), he was a vigorous
proponent of ecumenism.
Fitch, John - American inventor, who probably developed the
first American steamboat, an achievement often attributed to American
inventor Robert Fulton.
Fleming, Sir Alexander - British bacteriologist who
discovered penicillin in 1928. He shared a 1945 Nobel Prize for this
Foelsche, Paul - First police inspector in Australia's
Ford, Gerald R. - 25 year Congressman and Minority Leader
of the US House of Representatives, he was appointed Vice President of the
U.S. in the wake of the Spiro Agnew scandal. When President Richard Nixon
resigned, he became the 38th President of the United States.
Ford, Glenn - Famous US movie actor
Ford, Henry - Invented the first gasoline powered
automobile in 1893, founded Ford Motor Company in 1903 and mass-produced the
first widely available and affordable car
Franklin, Benjamin - American printer (he published the
first book to come off the press in the colonies - Anderson's Constitutions
of 1723), author, diplomat, philosopher, and scientist, whose contributions
to the American Revolution (1775-1783), and the newly formed federal
government that followed, rank him among the country's greatest statesmen.
He held the Masonic title of Grand Master of Pennsylvania and was one of the
13 Masonic signers of the Constitution of the United States.
Francona, Tito - US baseball player for the Cleveland
Indians. He held a record for the most hits for a player in under 400 at
Frederick II ("The Great") - King of Prussia (1712-1786)
Effective military commander, music composer, patron of literature and the
arts and institutor of many social reforms.
Fulton, Robert - Often referred to as a Mason (as a member
of Hiram Lodge in New York City), his Masonic membership cannot be
established factually. At least one Masonic Lodge was named for him -
Robert Fulton Lodge #104, New York, NY.
- Gable, Clark - American actor who played opposite
nearly every major female star during the 1930's. Perhaps best
remembered for his role as Rhett Butler in 'Gone with the Wind', he had
received an Academy Award as Best Actor (in the Best Movie) of 1934 ('It
Happened One Night').
Garfield, James A. - The 20th President of the United
States, he was assassinated in 1881 and his death was the cause of
considerable mourning in the US.
Gatling, Richard J. - Inventor of the famous "Gatling
George VI - King of England during World War II.
Gerry, Elbridge - American politician. Signer of the
Declaration of Independence and a delegate to the Continental Congress,
he served as Governor of Massachusetts (1810-1811) and Vice President of
the United States until his death (1813-1814).
Gibbon, Edward - Writer, perhaps best known for the
classic 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'.
Gilbert, Sir William S. - British playwright and lyricist known
for a series of comic operas including "H.M.S. Pinafore" and "The
Pirates of Penzance" written with composer Sir Arthur Sullivan.
Gillette, King C. - American inventor and manufacturer
who developed the safety razor and founded the Gillette Safety Razor Co.
Gilman, Benjamin A. - One of the highest ranking
members in seniority, a U.S. congressman from the 20th New York District
who in 1978 was successful as a champion of human rights.
Girard, Stephen - Born in France, he was an enormously
successful merchant, mariner and banker. He largely financed the U.S.
government during the War of 1812.
John H., Jr. - U. S. astronaut and
first American to orbit the earth in a space craft in 1962, he became a
U. S. Senator from Ohio from 1974 through 1998 and in November, 1998,
returned to space 36 years after his original journey as the oldest
American astronaut. "God speed, Brother Glenn!"
- Glickman, Dan - US Congressman from Kansas and
Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture
Godfrey, Arthur - American television personality and
one of the medium's dominant stars throughout the 1950s as host of
variety show programs. This redhead's songs and skits with his ukulele
Goldwater, Barry - American politician, a
conservative Republican he served as Senator from Arizona and
unsuccessfully ran for president in 1964.
Gompers, Samuel - He led in the formation of the
American Federation of Labor and (with the exception of one year)
headed it from 1886 to 1924. He opposed socialism and communism and
radicalism generally and kept the movement focused on economic goals
and job security. He saw several reforms in child labor.
Goodman, E. Urner - Co-founder of the Order of the
Arrow, a Boy Scout honor fraternity.
Goodnow, David - Newscaster and former long-time news
anchor on CNN News
Gorham, Bradford - Former Rhode Island House Minority
Leader, he served as Master of his Masonic lodge.
Gorham, Nicholas - Son of Bradford and a RI State
Gray, Harold Lincoln - Creator of "Little Orphan Annie"
Grissom, Virgil "Gus" - Astronaut who made the second
crewed spaceflight in 1961, he was tragically killed in a launch pad
explosion in 1967.
Grock - Swiss Circus Clown, known as the "King of
Clowns" and recognized for his virtuosity in both circus and theatre.
Guillotin, Joseph Ignace - French physician and
revolutionary who advocated for a more humane method of death which
came to bear his name.
Prince - The man whose name is
honored by generations of black Freemasons who follow in his footsteps.
There are several conflicting stories of his life and achievements.
Hamilton, William W. - Named the Southern Baptist Convention's Home
Mission Board's first head of the Department of Evangelism in 1906. He
served as president of Baptist Bible Institute (BBI), now the New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary, from 1927to 1943. While president, he saved
BBI from bankruptcy in 1932 when the school defaulted on $353,000 in bonds.
President of the SBC from 1940 to 1942.
Hampton, Lionel - Best known for playing the vibraphones,
he is a jazz giant.
Hancock, John - One of nine Masons - and the first
signer of the Declaration of Independence, he was President of the
Continental Congress and served nine terms as Governor of Massachusetts.
Harding, Warren G. - The 29th President of the United
States. His political appointments engaged in serious corruption leading to
the "Teapot Dome" scandal. He died in office.
Hardy, Oliver - American comedian, famous for the slapstick
abuse he inflicted upon his partner, Stan Laurel.
Harlan, John M.. - US Supreme Court Justice
Haydn, Franz Joseph - Austrian composer who exerted great influence
on the development of the classical symphony.
Helms, Jesse - Well-known conservative US Senator from
North Carolina, he has been a leader in the field of US foreign relations
Henry, Patrick - American colonial patriot, member of the
Continental Congress, he spurred the creation of the Virginia militia with
the famous words "Give me liberty or give me death". Later served as the
Governor of Virginia
Henley, Vernard W. Henley Sr. - C.E.O. and President, Consolidated
Bank and Trust Co in Richmond, Virginia, the oldest Black owned Bank in the
United States. Made a Mason at Sight in 1997 at the Annual Grand Lodge
Session held in Arlington, Va. by The Most Worshipful Grand Master Of
Henson, Matthew - Sole companion of Bro. Adm. Robert Peary
when he discovered the North Pole in 1909. He authored the book "A Negro
Explorer at the North Pole" and was honored by the White House before his
death. Celestial Lodge #3, PHA, NYC.
Herkimer, Nicholas - Brigadier General of the US Revolution
Herrmann, Alexander - "King of Magic"
Hershey, Lewis - Director of the U.S. Selective service for
Hoban, James - Irish-born American architect who designed
and supervised the construction (1793-1801) and renovation (1815-1829) of
the White House in Washington, DC.
Hobbs, Herschell Harold (d. 1995). - An ordained Southern
Baptist minister for 69 years, he wrote at least 147 books and Bible
commentaries used in Southern Baptist churches. He preached more than 700
sermons on the syndicated radio program, the "Baptist Hour" between 1958 and
1978. He was president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1961-63. He
was raised a Master Mason in Siloam Lodge No. 276 in Oklahoma City at the
age of 54, which was during his first term as president of the Southern
Baptist Convention. He became a Scottish Rite Mason in 1966 while a preacher
on the "Baptist Hour".
Hoe, Richard M. - Inventor and businessman.
Holland, Leonard - Longtime Adjutant General of the Rhode
Island National Guard
Holliday, Frank Jr.
- American motion picture actor of the 1930s.
Hoover, Frank - A brand of vacuum cleaners is named after
Hoover, J. Edgar - American Director of the Federal Bureau
of Investigation (1924-1972). He is remembered for fighting gangsterism
during the Prohibition ear (1919-1933) and for a vigorous anti-Communist
campaign after World War II.
Hornsby, Rogers - US baseball player, led the National
League in hitting for 5 years and had a lifetime batting average second only
to Bro. Ty Cobb.
Horton, Frank Reed - Lawyer, textbook author, Scouter, and
Founder of the
Alpha Phi Omega
service fraternity, an organization at the forefront of college service
Horton, Tim - Canadian ice hockey legend, he founded the
donut chain which bears his name.
Houdini, Harry (Ehrich Weiss) - Premiere American magician
known for his escapes from chains, handcuffs, straitjackets and padlocked
containers, he was immensely proud of his Masonic affiliations and became a
Shriner just before his untimely death.
Houston, Sam - American general who became the 2nd&4th
President of the Republic of Texas. When Texas was admitted to the Union, he
served as US senator and governor.
Humphrey, Hubert H. - US Vice President under Lyndon
Tommy - Georgia's Commissioner of Agriculture and the state's
longest serving official, he is also a Past Grand Master.
Irwin, James B. - American astronaut, he was a member of the 4th
moon landing team.
- Legendary entertainer and ballad singer.
Jackson, Andrew - 7th President of the United States
(1829-1837) and first Westerner to be elected President. A national military
hero for his actions in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812,
His term addressed many of the significant issues in the formation of the
country but was marked by political partisanship so common in that time. He
left a legacy of a strong presidency. He was Grand Master of Masons in
Tennessee two terms (1822-1824).
Jackson, Reverend Jesse - Baptist Minister, American civil
rights leader and politician. His concerns for the oppressed and his
dramatic oratory have attracted a large grassroots constituency called the
Jackson, Robert H. - American Supreme Court Justice and
Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Trials.
Janos, Paul - Mayor of Tarrytown, NY (2000)
Jenner, Edward - English physician. Discoverer of small pox
Johansson, Bengt - Finnish composer
Johnson, Andrew - The 17th President of the United States, he
succeeded the assassinated Abraham Lincoln. An attempt to unseat Secretary
of War Edwin Stanton led to his impeachment on purely political grounds; he
was acquitted by one vote.
Johnson, Richard M. - American Vice President under Martin
Jolson, Al - American vaudeville and film performer, whose
trademark became minstrel-style singing in blackface makeup. He starred in
'The Jazz Singer', the first important motion 'talking' picture with
Jones, Anson - 5th President of the Republic of Texas
Jones, Frank - Hotel and brewery owner, President of the Boston &
Maine Railroad, his hotel hosted the delegates to the conference that ended
the Russo-Japanese War. Brother Franklin Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel
Peace prize for his skills in negotiating at that conference.
Jones, John Paul - Scottish born seaman, he became a naval hero and
'Father of the U. S. Navy'. He later commanded Russian naval ships in their
war against the Ottoman empire.
Jones, Melvin - One of the founders of the Lions
International, the international service organization.
Juarez, Benito - President of Mexico whom some refer to as
"the George Washington of Mexico".
Kahn, Gus -
Songwriter for Broadway and Hollywood musicals. His songs include "Toot Toot
Tootsie Goodbye", "It had to be you" and "Yes Sir, That's My Baby".
Kalakaua, King David - Last monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom
Kamehameha (s), King (III, IV, and V) - all of whom were Monarchs
of the Hawaiian Kingdom
Kellar, Harry - America's premier magician from 1887 to
Kelly, Oliver Hudson - Agrarian reformer and Founder of the
Kemp, Jack - US Republican Congressman from New York, Secretary of
Housing and Urban Development, and Vice Presidential candidate with Mason
Key, Francis Scott - American lawyer and poet who wrote the
lyrics which in 1931 became the United States' National Anthem
Kheraskov, Mikhail - Journalist, publisher and trustee of
King, Charles - American biochemist who isolated vitamin C.
King, Ernest J. - Fleet Admiral, he was Commander of Chief
of the US Fleet during World War II.
King, Karl L. - One of America's top four march composers
King, William - First Governor of Maine and first Grand
Master of the Grand Lodge of Maine
King, William Rufus - American Vice President, he died in
office. His bust is in the Senate wing of the US Capitol.
Kipling, Rudyard - British writer who won the Nobel Prize
for literature. Many of his works have strong Masonic themes and some are
specifically about Freemasonry, despite the fact that he was only active in
his lodge for a brief period of time.
Knox, Major General Henry - US Revolutionary War hero, he
was the first Secretary of War under the U.S. Constitution. A Masonic lodge
named in his honor was constituted on the gun deck of the USS Constitution
('Old Ironsides') in 1926. Knoxville, Tennessee and the famous "Fort Knox"
were named in his honor.
Kossuth, Lajos (Louis) -
Tireless campaigner for Hungarian freedom, he was the
first 'foreigner' to address the U. S. Congress after Lafayette.
Kostiainen, Pekka - Finnish Composer
Kresge, Sebastian S. - Founded S. S. Kresge, one of the
great Five and Dime Stores. It's now known as K-Mart.
Kutuzov, Mikhail - Russian field marshal who distinguished
himself in the wars against Turkey (1770-1774 and 1787-1791) and commanded
(1805-1812) the Russian opposition to Napoleon.
Ladd, Dr. Joseph - Pioneer in Rhode Island on behalf of the
Lafayette, Marquis de - French soldier and politician, he
took part in the American Revolution as a close supporter and friend of
Brother George Washington.
Lake, Simon - Engineer who built the first submarine to
operate successfully in open sea.
LaGuardia, Fiorello - American politician, the major
airport in New York city is named in his honor.
Lamar, Joseph R. - US Supreme Court Justice
Lamar, Mirabeau B. - American politician and diplomat, he
was the 2nd President of the Republic of Texas and later served as Minister
Land, Frank S. - In 1919, founded the Order of DeMolay, a
fraternal organization for young men aged 12-21. Originally a group of
fatherless boys, DeMolay quickly grew and was 'adopted' by Freemasonry in
the United States. Today DeMolay is international in scope and millions of
boys and men still refer to the founder of the Order as "Dad".
Lawrence, J. B. - Vice president of the Southern Baptist
Convention and Secretary-Treasurer of the Home Mission Board for 30 years.
Lawton, Henry Ware - US Civil War Medal of Honor winner, he was a
Major General at the famous charge of the Rough Riders at San Juan Hill by
Bro. Col. Theodore Roosevelt. He was killed in a battle against insurgents
in the Philippines and has been honored by them on a postage stamp issued in
Lewis, Meriwether - American soldier and explorer who, with fellow
Mason William Clark conducted the first overland exploration of the West and
Pacific Northwest. He also served as Governor of the Louisiana Territory and
was proclaimed a National Hero. He was the first Master of St. Louis Lodge
Lincoln, Elmo - First actor to play 'Tarzan of the Apes'
Lindbergh, Charles - American aviator who made the first
solo transatlantic flight.
Lipton, Sir Thomas - British merchant and yacht racer who
opened a successful chain of grocery stores in Great Britain and established
tea processing factories in England and the US.
Livingston, Robert R. - American statesman and diplomat, he
was a member of the Continental Congress, was on the committee which drew up
the Declaration of Independence and was a co-negotiator for purchase of
Lloyd, Harold C. - Entertainer and American silent film
Long, Odel Squier - Clerk of the Supreme Court of West
Virginia for 30 years.
Lott, Trent - US Senator from Mississippi and current
(2001) Senator Majority Leader.
- "Dean of the Texas trail-drivers". The Goodnight-Loving Trail was named in
Lyons, Theodore A. - Baseball pitcher who struggled to
bring credibility back to the shattered Chicago White Sox out of their
scandal-ridden period in the early 1900s.
MacArthur, General Douglas - A former US Chief of Staff, he
commanded the Allied Forces in the South Pacific during World War II. He
promised the Filipino people "I shall return" to save them from the
occupying Japanese Forces. He was ultimately removed from military
leadership by another Mason, President Harry S. Truman.
MacDonald, Sir John A. - The first Prime Minister of the
Dominion of Canada (1867-1873 and 1878-1891 when he died in office). Began
the creation of rail service across Canada.
MacLean, John B. - Founder of MacLeans Magazine.
Macquarie, Lauchlan - Major General and the first governor
in Chief of New South Wales. During his twelve years in office he raised
NSW from a prison camp to a thriving colony.
Marsh, Henry - First Black Mayor of Richmond, Virginia
Marshall, George C. - American soldier, diplomat and
politician. He served as Secretary of State from 1947-1949 and organized the
European Recovery Plan most often referred to as the "Marshall Plan" for
which he received the 1953 Nobel Peace Prize.
Marshall, James W. - Discovered Gold at Sutter's Mill California
Marshall, John - A former Grand Master of his Grand Lodge
(Virginia), he servied as Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court 1801 - 1835 and
firmly established the judiciary branch of US government.
Marshall, Peter - Presbyterian pastor of churches in
Georgia & Washington, DC, Chaplain of the US Senate and author of such books
as 'Mr. Jones, Meet the Master'. His biography is entitled "A Man Called
Marshall, Thomas R. - 22nd Vice President of the United
Marshall, Thurgood - The first Black to be appointed to the
Massey, Hart - Massey-Ferguson farm equipment
Mathews, Stanley - US Supreme Court Justice
Mayer, Louis B. - Film producer who merged to form
Maynard, David S. "Doc"
- Pioneer settler doctor who named the city of Seattle, Washington. He
helped create the Washington Territory.
Mayo, Dr. Charles - One of the brothers who began the
world-famous Mayo Clinic, recognized as the first 'medical group practice'
in the United States.
Maytag, Fredrick - Headed the company which produced farm
equipment, the now little-known Maytag car and the first washing machine
capable of being operated by an outside power source.
McCall, Abner V. - President, Chancellor and
President-Emeritus of Baylor University in Texas, he also served as the
First Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention (1979-80) and a
long-time leader of the Organization of Baptist Colleges and Universities.
He wrote "In thousands of meetings of Freemasons and of Baptists stretching
back 60 years, I have seen nothing that made my belief and work in the
Fraternity of Freemasons incompatible with my belief and work as a member of
a Southern Baptist church."
McCarthy, Glenn H. - Famous Houston oilman, known as "king
of the wildcatters"; built the Shamrock Hotel and was the basis for the
character of Jett Rink played by James Dean in the 1956 film "Giant"."
McCoy, Clyde L. - Inventor of the 'wah-wah- trumpet and
McHenry, James - Was a surgeon in the American Revolution
and private secretary to Generals Washington and Lafayette. Fort
McHenry, Maryland, of "Star Spangled Banner" fame was named after
this U.S. Secretary of War.
McKenzie, Dr. Parker Paul - A Kiowa Indian, he created an
alphabet and recorded the words, grammar and syntax to provide a written
language for Kiowa. At the time of his death in 1999, he was the oldest
McKinley, William - The 25th President of the United States
(1897-1901). His presidency was marked by the Spanish-American War (1898),
the annexation of Cuba and the Philippines, an open-door policy with China,
and the passage of the Gold Standard Act (1900). He was assassinated by an
anarchist in Buffalo, New York.
McLemore, Richard A. - President of Mississippi College in
Melchior, Lauritz - One of the world's foremost Wagnerian
Mellon, Andrew - Financier, public official,
philanthropist; He helped found the Union Trust Company of Pittsburgh
(1898), the Gulf Oil Corporation (1895), the Pittsburgh Coal Company (1899),
the Aluminum Company of America, and the company that built the Panama Canal
locks. He served as Secretary of the Treasury under three presidents and
stressed policies aimed at reducing the national debt. He forged agreements
with European governments for repayment of their World War I debts and
served as ambassador to Britain (1932--33). In 1913 he established the
Mellon Institute for Industrial Research and he endowed the National Gallery
of Art (1937).
Menninger, Dr. Karl A. - Psychiatrist famous for treating
mental illness and headed the Menninger Foundation until his death in 1990.
Menninger, Dr. William - Psychiatrist with the Menninger
Clinic, Topeka, Kansas. Was active with the Boy Scout movement and in 1934
wrote the "Skipper's Handbook" for Sea Scout Leaders.
Mercherle, George Jacob - Founder of State Farm Insurance
Mesmer, Franz Anton - practiced Mesmerism, the precursor of
hypnosis in modern psychotherapy.
Mfume, Kweisi - U. S. Congressman and President and CEO of
Michelson, Albert Abraham - Successfully measured the speed of
light in 1882. For this and other pioneering work in optical
instrumentation, he became the first American scientist to win a Nobel Prize
Minton, Sherman - US Senator and Supreme Court Justice from
Mitchell, Edgar D. - US Astronaut who flew on the Apollo 14
Mix, Tom - Champion rodeo rider, soldier and cowboy, he
stared in over 400 western films
Mokranjac, Stevan - Serbian composer (18560-1914)
Molson, John - Founder of Molson Breweries.
Monroe, James - The fifth President of the United States
(1817-1825), whose administration was marked by the acquisition of Florida
(1819), the Missouri Compromise (1820), in which Missouri was declared a
slave state, and the profession of the Monroe Doctrine (1823), which
declared U.S. opposition to European interference in the Americas.
Montgolfier, Jacques Etienne - Co-developer with his
brother of the first practical hot-air balloon.
Moody, William H. - Supreme Court Justice
Moore, David - Well known Baptist pastor in Southeastern
New Mexico until his death in 1992 at the age of 103.
Morris, Rob - Lawyer, educator, 'Poet Laureate of Masonry',
and founder of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - (1756-1791) Austrian composer
considered among the greatest and most prolific composers in history. Of his
more than 600 compositions, the finest works, including his last three
symphonies (1788) and the operas Don Giovanni (1787)and The Magic
Flute (1791), were written in the last five years of his short life.
Murphy, Audie - Most decorated American Soldier of WWII, he
also achieved fame as an actor in movies (Westerns). An autobiographical
movie was made of his heroic combat exploits.
He was active and interested in Freemasonry as
this page on this
excellent website about his life explains.
Murrow, Joseph Samuel - Southern Baptist Home Missionary -
and the 'Founder of Freemasonry in Oklahoma', he is said to have established
more than 100 churches.
The list of
Famous Masons above was acquired from several different sources