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Down through the years many famous men from all parts of the globe have also been members of the Masonic Order. Below you will see just a small sampling of some of these famous men who have proudly united themselves with our beloved Fraternity.

Brother George Washington

The First President of the United States of America, was born on February 22, 1732 and died on December 14, 1799. Initiated Nov. 4, 1752, passed March 3, 1753, raised Aug. 4, 1753 all in Fredericksburg Lodge (later No. 4) at Fredericksburg, Va. Charter Master, Alexandria Lodge No. 22, Alexandria, Va., April 28, 1788 and reelected Dec. 20 1788.

Brother James Monroe

5th President, born 1758; died 1831. Initiated in Williamsburg Lodge No. 6 at Williamsburg, Va., Nov. 9, 1775, but there is no record of his taking any further degrees. The records of Cumberland Lodge No. 8 in Tennessee, June 8, 1819, show a reception for Monroe as "a Brother of the Craft."


Brother Anderw Jackson

7th President, born 1767, died 1829. Grand Master of Tennessee, 1822-23. His lodge is unknown but he is said to have attended at Clover Bottom Lodge under the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. He was present in lodge at Greeneville in 1801 and acted as Senior Warden pro tem. The records of St. Tammany Lodge No. 29 at Nashville, which became Harmony Lodge No. 1 under the Grand Lodge of Tennessee, show that Jackson was a member.

Brother James Polk

11th President, born 1795; died 1849. Initiated, passed, and raised in Columbia Lodge No. 31, Columbia, Tenn. Exalted a Royal Arch Mason in La Fayette Chapter No. 4 at Columbia in 1825.


Brother James Buchanan

15th President, Born 1791; died 1868;(1857-1861). Initiated December 11, 1816, in Lodge 43, at Lancaster, PA. Passed and raised in 1817. Junior Warden in 1821 and 1822. Master in 1825. Also Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.


Brother Andrew Jophnson

17th President, born 1808 died 1875; initiated, passed and raised in Greeneville Lodge No. 119 now No. 3 at Greeneville, Tenn. in 1851. Probably a member of Greeneville Chapter No. 82 Royal Arch Masons, since he joined Nashville Commandery of Knights Templar No. 1 in 1859. He received the Scottish Rite degrees in the White House in 1867.


Brother James A. Garfield

20th President, born 1831; died 1881; initiated and passed in Magnolia Lodge No. 20, Columbus, Ohio, and raised in Columbus Lodge No.3O, 1864. Affiliated with Garrettsville Lodge No. 246 in 1866 Affiliated with Pentalpha Lodge No. 23 Washington, D. C. as charter member in 1869. Exalted in Columbus Royal Arch Chapter, 1866 and Knight Templar, 1866. 14th Degree Scottish Rite, 1872.


Brother William McKinly

25th President, born 1843; died 1901; is sometimes said to have been initiated, passed, and raised in Hiram Lodge No. 10 in Winchester, West Virginia in 1865. But William Moseley Brown is authority for the statement that this event took place in Hiram Lodge No. 21 at Winchester, Virginia in that year. McKinley affiliated with Canton Lodge No. 60 at Canton, Ohio in 1867 and later became a charter member of Eagle Lodge No. 43. He received the Capitular degrees in Canton in 1883 and was made a Knight Templar in 1884.

Brother Theodore Roosevelt

26th President, born 1858, died 1919. Initiated, Passed, and Raised in Matinecock Lodge No. 806, Oyster Bay, N. Y. in 1901.



Brother William Howard Taft

27th President, born 1857; died 1930. Made a Mason at sight in Kilwinning Lodge No. 356, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1901. Evidently, that made him a member at large, for the Grand Lodge issued him a demit and he became a member of the above lodge.


Brother Warren G. Harding

29th President born 1865; died 1923. Initiated in Marion Lodge No. 7O, Marion, Ohio, 1901. He received no other degree until after becoming President. He was passed and raised in Marion Lodge in 1920, Royal Arch Chapter degrees in Marion Chapter No. 62 in 1921; Knight Templar in Marion Commandery No. 36, in 1921. Scottish Rite and Shrine in 1921.


Brother Franklin D. Roosevelt

32nd President, born 1882; died 1945. Initiated, passed, and raised in Holland Lodge No. 8, New York City, in 1911, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite in Albany Consistory 1929, Shrine in 1930.


Brother Harry S. Truman

33rd President, Born May 8, 1884, Lamar, Missouri. Received the degrees in Belton Lodge No 450; organized and became a charter member of Grandview No. 618. Served as both district lecturer and deputy Grand Master for several years. Elected Grand Master of Masons in Missouri in 1940. He always claimed this was the greatest honor that had ever come to him. He received the first Gourgas Medal of the Scottish Rite, NMJ granted while he was serving as a Senator. Elected Vice-President in 1944 and became President on the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt (a Mason) on April 12, 1945. He died on December 26 1972. On December 26 1972, Truman was buried on his library's grounds with impressive rites. These included the only Masonic funeral service ever televised worldwide.

Brother Lyndon B. Johnson

36th President of the US. Initiated on October 30, 1937, in Johnson City Lodge 561, Johnson City, TX. Johnson never completed the degrees however, and therefore obtained only the Degree of an Entered Apprentice Mason.


Brother Gerald R. FOrd

38th President, Born July 14, 1913 as Leslie L. King, Jr. He was later adopted and took the name of his mother's second husband (who was also a Mason). Became President on August 9, 1974 following the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Ford received the degrees in Malta Lodge No. 405, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brother Ford was the 1974 recipient of the NY Grand Lodge Distinguished Achievement Award, the highest honor that can be presented by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York.

John Jacob Astor
Fur trader and financier
Daniel Carter Beard
 Founder of the Boy Scouts
Joel R. Poinsett
Politician & developer of Poinsettia
Arnold Palmer
Golf Legend
Gutzon Borglum
Man who carved Mt. Rushmore
Norman Vincent Peale
Minister & Founder of "Guidepost"
Irving Berlin
Songwriter and Entertainer
Branch Rickey
Baseball legend
Everett McKinley Dirksen
 U.S. Congressman and Senator
Omar N. Bradley
Military leader
Rev. Francis Bellamy
Authored U.S. Pledge of Allegiance
Roy Rogers
American cowboy and screen star
Fiorello La Guardia
The "Father" of Modern New York
Henry Ford
Founder of the Ford Motor Company
Harry Houdini
Famous magician and escape artist
Dr. James Naismith
Inventor of the sport of basketball
Paul Whiteman
Popular orchestral leader
Red Skelton
Famous comedian
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr.
Second man to set foot on the Moon
George Pullman
American inventor and industrialist
Benjamin Franklin
Scientist & US founding father
Cecil B. DeMille
Famous 20th century Filmmaker
George C. Marshall
US Army general
Cy Young
Famous baseball pitcher
Abbott, Sir John J.C. - Prime Minister of Canada 1891-92
Abbott, Robert Sengstacke - Founder/publisher "Chicago Defender"
Allen, Richard - Founder/first bishop AME Church
Allende, Salvador - President of Chile, overthrown in 1970
Armstrong, Louis - Jazz Musician
Arnold, General Henry "Hap" - Commander of the Army Air Force
Atkins, Chet - Musician
Austin, Stephen F. - Father of Texas
Autry, Gene - Actor
Baldwin, Henry - Supreme Court Justice
Balfour, Lloyd - Jewelry
Bartholdi, Frederic A. - Designed the Statue of Liberty
Basie, William "Count" - Orchestra leader/composer
Baylor, Robert E. B. - Founder Baylor University
Bell, Lawrence - Bell Aircraft Corp
Bennett, Viscount R. B. - Prime Minister of Canada 1930-35
Black, Hugo L. - Supreme Court Justice
Blair, Jr., John - Supreme Court Justice
Blake, James Herbert "Eubie" - Composer/pianist
Blatchford, Samuel - Supreme Court Justice
Bolivar, Simon - South American freedom fighter
Borden, Sir Robert L. - Prime Minister of Canada 1911-1920
Borgnine, Ernest - Actor
Botha, Pik - Former Foreign Minister of South Africa
Bowell, Sir Mackenzie - Prime Minister of Canada 1894-96
Bowie, James - Alamo
Bradley, Thomas - Former mayor of Los Angeles, California
Brant, Joseph - Chief of the Mohawks 1742 - 1807
Brundage, Avery - Olympic Committee
Bryan, Richard - U.S. Senator
Burbank, Luther - Pioneering botanist
Burnett, David G. - 1st President of the Republic of Texas
Burns, Conrad - U.S. Senator
Burns, Robert - The National Poet of Scotland
Burton, Harold H. - Supreme Court Justice
Byrd, Robert - U.S. Senator
Byrd, Admiral Richard E. - Flew over North Pole
Byrnes, James F. - Supreme Court Justice
Cain, Michael - Actor
Calvo, Father Francisco - Catholic Priest who started Freemasonry in Costa Rica 1865
Campbell, Sir Malcolm - Land speed record holder
Carlson, Curtis L. - Entrepreneur
Carnahan, Melvin - Governor of Missouri
Carson, Christopher "Kit" - Frontiersman, scout and explorer
Casanova - Italian Adventurer, writer and entertainer
Catton, John - Supreme Court Justice
Chagall, Marc - Artist
Chrysler, Walter P. - Automotive fame
Churchill, Sir Winston - British Leader
Citroen, Andre - French Engineer and motor car manufacturer
Clark, Roy - Country Western Star
Clark, Thomas C. - Supreme Court Justice
Clark, William - Explorer
Clarke, John H. - Supreme Court Justice
Clemens, Samuel L. - Mark Twain - writer
Cobb, Ty - Baseball Player
Cody, "Buffalo Bill" William - Indian fighter, Wild West Show
Cohan, George M. - Broadway star
Cole, Nat 'King' - Great ballad singer
Collodi, Carlo - Writer of Pinocchio
Colt, Samuel - Firearms inventor
Combs, Earle Bryan - Baseball Hall of Fame
Cooper, Gordon - Astronaut
Crockett, David - American Frontiersman and Alamo fame
Cushing, William - Supreme Court Justice
Dempsey, Jack - Sports
Desaguliers, John Theophilus - Inventor of the planetarium
Devanter, Willis Van - Supreme Court Justice
Diefenbaker, John G. - Prime Minister of Canada 1957-63
Disney, Walt - Cartoonist/movies
Dole, Robert - U.S. Senator
Doolittle, General James - Famous Army Air Corps Pilot
Douglas, William O. - Supreme Court Justice
Dow, William H. - Dow Chemical Co.
Doyle, Sir Author Conan - Writer - Sherlock Holmes
Drake, Edwin L - American Pioneer of the Oil industry
DuBois, W.E.B. - Educator/scholar
Dunant, Jean Henri - Founder of the Red Cross
Edward VII - King of England
Edward VIII - King of England who abdicated the throne in less than 1 year
Ellery, William - 1 of 9 Masonic signers of the Declaration of Independance
Ellington, Duke - Composer, Arranger and Stylist
Ellsworth, Oliver - Supreme Court Justice                                           Elway, John - Hall of Fame Quarterback of the Denver Broncos      Evers, Medger Wiley - Civil rights leader
Ervin Jr, Samual J. - U. S. Senator - headed "Watergate" committee
Faber, Eberhard - Head of the famous Eberhard Faber Pencil Company
Fairbanks, Douglas - Silent film actor
Field, Stephen J. - Supreme Court Justice
Fields, W.C. - Actor
Fisher, Geoffrey - Archbishop of Canterbury 1945 - 1961
Fitch, John - Inventor of the Steamboat
Fleming, Sir Alexander - Discovered Penicillin
Forten, James - Abolitionist/manufacturer
Fortune, Timothy Thomas - Journalist
Freeman, Orville - Former governor of Minnesota and secretary of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Gable, Clark - Actor
Garibaldi, Giuseppe - Italian freedom fighter
Gatling, Richard J. - Built the "Gatling Gun"
George VI - King of England during W.W. II
Gibbon, Edward - Writer - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Gilbert, Sir William S. - Was the libretis for "Pirates of Penzance"
Gillette, King C. - Gillette Razor Co.
Glenn, John H. - First American to orbit the earth/U.S. Senator
Godfrey, Arthur - Radio and early televison personality
Goldwater, Barry - Former U.S. Senator
Gompers, Samuel - Founder American Federation of Labor
Grassley, Charles - U.S. Senator
Gray, Harold Lincoln - Creator of "Little Orphan Annie"
Gris, Juan - Spanish artist- Synthetic Cubism
Grissom, Virgil - Astronaut
Grock - Swiss Circus Clown
Guillotin, Joseph Ignace - Inventor of the "Guillotin"
Hall, Prince - First black American Freemason
Haley, Alex - Author of "Roots"
Hampton, Lionel - Orchestra leader/composer
Hancock, John - 1 of  9 Masonic signers of Declaration of Independance
Handel, George Fredrick - Composer
Handy, William C. - Composer "Father of the Blues"
Hardy, Oliver - Actor - Comedian
Harlan, John M. - Supreme Court Justice
Harvey, Paul - Radio personality
Hatfield, Mark - U.S. Senator
Hawkins, Augustus F. - U.S. Congressman California
Haydn, Franz Joseph F. - Composer and Musician
Hedges, Cornelius - "Father" of Yellowstone National Park
Helms, Jesse - U.S. Senator
Henson, Josiah - Inspired the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Henson, Matthew - Explorer
Hilton, Charles C. - American Hotelier
Hoban, James - Architect for the U.S. White House
Hoe, Richard M. - Invented the rotary press, revolutionizing newspaper printing
Hollings, Ernest - U.S. Senator
Hooks, Benjamin L. - Former Executive Director NAACP
Hoover, Frank - Vacuum cleaner fame
Hoover, J. Edgar - Director of FBI
Hope, Bob - Comedian
Hornsby, Rogers - An original member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Houston, Sam - 2nd & 4th President of the Republic of Texas Humphrey, Hubert H. - Vice President of the U.S.
Irwin, Jim - Astronaut
Ives, Burle - Musician                                                                           Jackson, Robert H. - Supreme Court Justice
James, Daniel "Chappie" - General U.S. Air Force
Jenner, Edward - Inventor - Vaccination for Small Pox
Johnson, John A 'Jack' - Heavyweight boxing title holder, 1908-1915
Johnson, John H. - Publisher EBONY and Jet magazines
Johnston, Jr. , J. Bennett - U.S. Senator
Jolson, Al - Acted in the first 'talking picture,' The Jazz Singer
Jones, Anson - 5th President of the Republic of Texas
Jones, John Paul - Naval Commander
Jones, Melvin - One of the founders of the Lions International Keaton, Buster - Movie pioneer
Kemp, Jack - Former U.S. Congressman/sports hero
Kern, Jerome - Composer
Key, Francis Scott - Wrote U.S. National Anthem
Kipling, Rudyard - Writer
Knox, Henry - Revolutionary War General
Lafayette, Marquis de - Supporter of American Freedom
Lake, Simon - Built first submarine successful in open sea
Lamar, Joseph E. - Supreme Court Justice
Lamar, Mirabeau B. - 3rd President of the Republic of Texas
Land, Frank S. - Founder Order of DeMolay
Lemon, Mark - Founder of Punch, humorous British magazine
Lewis, Meriwether - Explorer
Lincoln, Elmo - First actor to play Tarzan of the Apes (1918)
Lindbergh, Charles - Aviator
Lipton, Sir Thomas - Tea
Livingston, Robert - Co-Negotiator for purchase of Louisiana Territory
Lloyd, Harold C. - Entertainer
Lott, Trent - U.S. Senator
MacArthur, General Douglas - Commander of Armed Forces in Philipines
MacDonald, Sir John A. - Prime Minister of Canada 1867-73 & 1878-91
Marshall, James W. - Discovered Gold at Sutter's Mill California 1848
Marshall, John - Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court 1801 - 1835
Marshall, Thurgood - Supreme Court Justice
Mathews, Stanley - Supreme Court Justice
Mayer, Louis B. - Film producer - formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Mayo, Dr. William and Charles - Began Mayo Clinic
Mays, Benjamin - Educator/former president Atlanta University
Maytag, Fredrick - Maytag
Menninger, Karl A. - Psychiatrist famous for treating mental illness
Mellon, Andrew - American industrialis, banker and philanthropist
Mesmer, Franz Anton - Practiced Mesmerism which led to Hypnotism
Metcalfe, Ralph H. - Olympic champion
Michelson, Albert Abraham - Successfully measured the speed of light in 1882
Miller, Glenn - Musician
Minton, Sherman - Supreme Court Justice
Mix, Tom - U.S. Marshal turned actor - Starred in over 400 western films
Montgolfier, Jacques Etienne - Co-developer of the first practical hot-air balloon
Montgolfier, Joseph Michel - Co-developer of the first practical hot-air balloon
Moody, William H. - Supreme Court Justice
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Composer
Murphy, Audie - Most decorated American Soldier of WWII     Nash, Charles - Automobile industry
Nelson, Samuel - Supreme Court Justice
New, Harry S. - Postmaster General who established Airmail
Newton, Joseph Fort - Christian Minister
Nunn, Sam - U.S. Senator
Olds, Ransom E. - American automobile pioneer
Otis, James - Famous for "Taxation without Representation is Tyranny"
Papst, Charles F. - Coined the term "Athletes Foot"
Paterson, William - Supreme Court Justice
Peary, Robert E. - First man to reach the North Pole (1909)
Penney, James C. - Retailer
Pershing, John Joseph - Decorated American Soldier
Pitney, Mahlon - Supreme Court Justice
Pound, Roscoe - Former Dean, Harvard Law School
Pushkin, Aleksander - Russian Poet
Rangel, Charles B. - U.S. Congressman New York
Randolph, A. Phillip - Founder - first president, International Brotherhood Sleeping Car Porters
Retief, Piet - Afrikaans leader and and one of the founders of the South African nation
Reed, Stanley F. - Supreme Court Justice
Revere, Paul - Famous American
Rhodes, Cecil - "Rhodes Scholarship"
Rickenbacker, Eddie - Great American Army Air Corps "Ace"
Ringling Brothers - All 7 brothers and their father were Masons
Robinson, Sugar Ray - American Boxer
Rogers, Will - Actor
Rush, Benjamin - 1 of 9 Masonic signers of the Declaration of Independance
Rutledge, Wiley B. - Supreme Court Chief Justice
Salten, Felix - Creator of Bambi
Sanders, Harland "Colonel" - Founder Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants
Sarnoff, David - Father of T.V.
Sax, Antoine Joseph - Invented the Saxophone (1846)
Schoonover, George - Founder of "The Builder"
Schirra, Wally - Astronaut
Scott, Sir Walter - Writer
Sellers, Peter - Actor
Sexson, W. Mark - Founder of Rainbow Girls, Masonic historian/author/researcher
Sibelius, Jean - Composer (Finland)
Simpson, Alan - U.S. Senator
Smith, John Stafford - Wrote the music that became the U.S. National Anthem
Sousa, John Philip - Led the U.S. Marine Band from 1880 - 1892
Stanford, Leland - Railroads & Stanford University
Starr, Bart - Football legend
Stassen, Harold - Statesman, sole surviving signer of the United Nations Charter
Stewart, Potter - Supreme Court Justice
Still, Andrew T. - American Physician who devised osteopathy treatment
Stokes, Carl B. - Former mayor, Cleveland, OH
Stokes, Louis - U.S. Congressman Ohio
Stratton, Charles "Tom Thumb" - Entertainer
Swayne, Noah H. - Supreme Court Justice
Swift, Johathan - Author of "Gulliver's Travels"
Teets, John W. - Chairman and Presiden of Dial Corporation
Thomas, Danny - Actor and Entertainer
Thomas, Dave - Founder of Wendys Restaurant
Thomas, Lowell - Reporter Who Brought 'Lawrence of Arabia' to Public Notice
Thurston, Howard - Vaudeville Magician
Tillis, Mel - Country Singer
Tirpitz, Alfred Von - German Naval officer responsible for submarine warfare
Todd, Thomas - Supreme Court Justice
Travis, Colonel William B. - Texas Patriot at the Battle of the Alamo
Trimble, Robert - Supreme Court Justice
Vinson, Frederick M. - Supreme Court Justice 1946-1953
Voltaire - French Writer and Philosopher
Wadlow, Robert Pershing - Tallest human on record, 9 feet tall
Wallace, George C. - Presidential Candidate who was the target of an assassination attempt
Wallace, Lewis - Wrote "Ben Hur"
Warner, Jack - Founder of Warner Brothers
Warren, Earl - Supreme Court Justice 1969-1986
Washington, Booker T - Educator and Author
Wayne, John - Actor
Webb, Matthew - First Man to Swim the English Channel (1875)
Wilde, Oscar - Author
Woodbury, Levi - Supreme Court Justice
Woods, William B. - Supreme Court Justice
Wootton MD, Percy - President American Medical Association (1997- )
Wyler, William - Director of "Ben Hur"
Zanuck, Darryl F. - Co-founder of 20th Century Productions in 1933
Ziegfeld, Florenz - His Ziegfeld's Follies began in 1907
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