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"
Adams, Sherman - Governor of New Hampshire and US Congressman
Aguinaldo, Emilio - President of the Philippines, he declared their
independence in 1898.
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,
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 Pennsylvania
Ames, Ezra - Portrait painter who painted portraits of Washington, Alexander
Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Martin Van Buren, George Clinton,
Anderson, Brad - Cartoonist and creater of the popular 'Marmaduke' comic
Anderson, Robert - Major General U.S. Army who was in command of Fort Sumter at
time of Confederate attack. Known as "Hero Of Fort Sumter."
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.
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
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 - Keystone Kop.
Astor, John Jacob - A German immigrant to the US, he at one point was
considered the wealthiest man in America. He was Master of Holland Lodge in New York and
served as Grand Treasurer for that Grand Lodge.
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
Auker, 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'.
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".
Listings of those who are (or were during their lifetime) Masons
serves to remind us of the many notables who have - of their own free will - chosen to
associate with this noble institution. Those who preach anti-Masonic hate must - in the
depth of their souls - wonder how it is that so many have been (supposedly) deceived -
while they have found the 'truth'....
And while some will argue that these men have been deceived; others
contend they are/were part of a New World Order conspiracy. What is not arguable is
that they represent all walks of life and that they were - in their respective ways -
Bagley, Edward E. -
Composer of 'National Emblem' march.
Bahamonde, Ramon Franco - An aviator and Spanish politician, he was the
brother of dictator, General Francisco Franco. He was Commander of Aviation and received
the Aerial Medial for his valiant action in the Morocco conflict. He was one of the Masons
who refused the initiation of General Franco into Freemasonry.
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.
Lawrence "Slim" - Creator and host of TV's 'The Happy
Wanderer' travelogue show of the 1960s
Barnes, Roy - 80th/Present (1999) Governor of Georgia
Barnes, W. W. - Professor of church history at Southwestern Seminary 1913-1953.
Bartholdi, Frederic A. - French sculptor best known for his figure of Liberty
Enlightening the World, the Statue of Liberty, in New York Harbor
Barton, Edmund - Speaker of the legislative assembly, New South Wales,
Australia, Attorney General, and judge of the Australian high court
Basie, William "Count" - Orchestra leader/composer
Bass, Edward - First Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts
Bates, Frederick - Governor of Missouri
Bayh, Birch - US Democratic Senator from Indiana from 1962-1981.
Baylor, Robert E. B. - Founder of Baylor University, Texas' first Baptist
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
Bell, Lawrence - Bell Aircraft Corp.
Bellamy, Francis J. - The Baptist Minister who created America's Pledge
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 directed cabinet.
Bennett, Viscount R.B. - 12th Prime Minister of Canada 1930-35
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
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 lodges.
Bond, Shadrach - First Grand Master of Freemasons and first Governor of
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 War I
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
Brown, Major General Charles E. Jr. - Served as US Army Chief of
Brown, Foster V. - US Congressman from Tennessee, he served as Attorney
General for Puerto Rico
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 Woodrow Wilson.
Buchanan, Edgar - Dentist and actor in the US television
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. He was known as "31 knot
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
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 Massachusetts.
Bush, Vannevar - Pioneer in development of atomic and nuclear energy;
Vice President and Dean of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT);
frequent speaker at Massachusetts Lodges of Instruction.
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 1926).
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 the USSR.
When preparing this list, I was asked, "How does somebody
know if a person is a Mason or not?". The answer seemed simple: because they're proud
to say that they are - and since Masonry is not a "secret organization" as some
would have you believe, then it's pretty easy!
Calvo, Father Francisco
- Catholic Priest who started Freemasonry in Costa Rica 1865
Canham, Erwin D. - Rhodes Scholar; Editor of The Christian Science
Monitor; Governor of Guam
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 explorer
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
Chamberlain, Joshua L. - The Union General who received the only
battlefield promotion to general during the US Civil War and was credited with the victory
in the crucial Battle of the Little Round Top for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor
for his bravery. He was chosen to receive the surrender of the arms and colours of
the Confederacy. A chivalrous man, he had his troops salute the defeated army as they
marched by. Many believe that this singular act was crucial to begin the healing process
at the end of that horrid war. He later served as Governor of his home state of Maine for
four terms and was the President of Bowdoin College where he taught every subject in the
curriculum except mathematics. He was the last soldier to die of wounds received in the
War and even today is used as an example in leadership by the US Army. See here and here and here for excellent online
sites about this amazing man.
Chennault, Clair Lee - American General nicknamed "Old Leather
Face", he organized the daring "Flying Tigers" and was a heroic symbol to
the Chinese throughout World War II. An interesting story on Bro. Chennault is found here.
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
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
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 (1813-1821).
Clarke, John H. - Supreme Court Justice (1916-1922)
Clay, Henry - Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Grand
Master of Kentucky
Clayton, Lou - Vaudevillian. He was part of the
"Clayton and Durante" Vaudeville act with Jimmy Durante.
Cleaveland, Moses - Active in the Revolutionary War, he was the Founder
of Cleveland, Ohio.
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. We have a few more comments on
Brother Cobb's career here.
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
Collins, Ray - Actor who played "Lt. Tragg", the
cop who was Perry Mason's nemisis.
Collodi, Carlo - Writer of 'Pinocchio'
Colt, Samuel - Firearms inventor and manufacturer. He invented the first
Combs, Earle Bryan - Baseball Hall of Fame
Conner, W. T. - Taught theology at Southwestern Seminary 1910--1949.
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
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
"Isn't a Mason bound to answer truthfully when asked if
they're a Mason?" a recent online poster asked? The answer is: no more than a
person when asked if they're a member of the Anglican Church or the National Rifle
Association. However, except for those parts of the world where persecution would subject
a member or his family to potential harm, most Masons are proud to have others know of
their involvement - as this list attests!
Dallas, George M. -
12th American Vice President, he also served as Minister to Russia (1837-39) and to Great
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
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 language.
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 Earth(1952).
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, 196196; Majority and Minority Leader, U.S. Senate; Nominee for
President of the United States 1996; Humanitarian and Philanthropist.
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, James - Became Governor of Vermont in 2003. You can read about
his Masonic involvement on a web page at the Grand Lodge of Vermont
Douglas, William O. - US Supreme Court Justice for 36 years.
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 NAACP
Dunant, Jean Henri - Philanthropist who inspired the founding of the Red
Dym, Jack - Known to New Yorkers as "Jack The Hack". Brother
Dym was forced to leave high school just days before his graduation to serve in World War
II. Upon his return, he became a New York City taxicab driver - possibly the only friendly
one, who gives smiley face balloons to his passengers - and has been doing that for some
57 years. Despite his own lack of a diploma, he put his children and grandchildren through
college even selling a rare NYC taxi medallion (signifying ownership) for this purpose. In
2002, he wrote to his former high school and asked if he could attend their graduation,
having missed his so many years before: the school welcomed his attendance with open arms
and he even 'danced the night away' with the his wife of 50+ years and other high school
graduates at the senior prom - wearing (what else?) the tuxedo he uses for Masonic events.
Brother Dym was profiled by Correspondent Bill Geist on a June 30, 2002 segment of the
nationally-aired CBS television program, Sunday Morning. Yet another famous Mason!
Easton, Rufus - First postmaster west of the Mississippi
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, the Boy Scout
Edward VII - Prince of Wales and subsequently King of England
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 Constitution.
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
Evanko, Col. Paul J. - Current (1999) Commissioner of the Pennsylvania
Evans, Bob - Famous restaurateur, his eateries are found throughout the
Faber, Eberhard - Head of the famous Eberhard Faber
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
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 (1941).
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 achievement.
Foelsche, Paul - First police inspector in Australia's Northwest
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
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
Francis, Russell Ross - Professional football player: New England
Patriots and San Francisco 49ers.
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 bats.
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.
Gatchell, T. James (Jim) - With no formal post high school education, he
became a pharmacist, historian and collector. As a volunteer fireman, he was injured twice
and he acted as a physician during the 1918 flu epidemic and was involved in early skin
graft. He was a musician and was fluent in Lakota and Plains Indian sign language. He
collected historical objects from white pioneers and Indians from the Buffalo, Wyoming
area. He died in 1954 and his collection is now the basis for a 2002 AAM accredited
Gates, John - Known as "Bet-a-million" Gates, he was the
founder of Texaco Oil Company and popularized barbed wire.
Gatling, Richard J. - Inventor of the famous "Gatling Gun".
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
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
Glenn, 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
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 entertained millions.
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
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 Representative.
Gowdy, Curtis E. "Curt" - National television and radio sports
announcer and commentator, well known as the 'voice' of the Boston Red Sox. President of
the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Graham, Albert Belmont - Father of the 4-H Rural Youth Program. You can
read about it here.
Gray, Harold Lincoln - Creator of "Little Orphan Annie"
Griffith, D. W. - Pioneer filmaker
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.
Hahnemann, Samuel - German physician and founder of homeopathy. His full
name was Captain Frederich Samuel.
Hall, 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, Frederick William - Unitarian minister and President of Tufts College.
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
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.. - U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Harrington, Jonathan - Last survivor of the Battle of Lexington
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 for decades.
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 Virginia. (P.H.A.).
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,
Herkimer, Nicholas - Brigadier General of the US Revolution
Herrmann, Alexander - "King of Magic"
Hershey, Lewis - Director of the U.S. Selective Service for 30 years
Herter, Christian - Diplomat and Journalist; Under Secretary of State,
Governor of Massachusetts and United States Congressman.
Hoban, James - Irish-born American architect who designed and supervised
the construction (1793-1801) and renovation (1815-1829) of the White House in Washington,
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
Hoe, Richard M. - Inventor and businessman.
Holland, Leonard - Longtime Adjutant General of the Rhode Island National
Frank Jr. - American motion picture actor of the 1930s.
Hoover, Frank - A brand of vacuum cleaners is named after him.
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.
Hornish, Jr., Sam - Race car driver, he was the youngest champion of a
major, North American open-wheel series in modern racing history. In 2001, he lead the
Indy Northern Light Series from start to finish. You can follow Brother Sam's racing
career at www.samhornish.com
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 fraternities.
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 first President of the
Republic of Texas even though his candidacy was announced only 12 days previously. He
later served a second term. When Texas was admitted to the Union, he served as US senator
Humphrey, Hubert H. - US Vice President under Lyndon Johnson.
Irvin 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
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 Rainbow Coalition.
Jackson, Robert H. - American Supreme Court Justice and Prosecutor at the
Nuremberg War Trials.
Janos, Paul - Mayor of Tarrytown, NY (2000)
Jeffries, John - Physician & pioneer balloonist; Revolutionary War
Loyalist - surgeon with British forces; made first crossing of the English Channel by
Balloon, January 7, 1785; delivered the first public lecture in New England on anatomy at
Jenner, Edward - English physician. Discoverer of small pox vaccine.
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 VanBuren
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 synchronized sound.
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
Jones, Melvin - One of the founders of the Lions International, the
international service organization.
Juarez, Benito - First Native-American President of Mexico, he
reestablished republican government there.
Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, the names of the good and the famous
adorn Freemasonry's roll. We believe it's really true: Masonry makes good men better.
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
Keating, Kenneth B. - Congressman and Senator from New York, Ambassador
to India and then Israel. He died in office in 1975. (Note: this is NOT the
Keating of the banking scandals!)
Kellar, Harry - America's premier magician from 1887 to 1908
Kelly, Oliver Hudson - Agrarian reformer and Founder of the Grange
Kemp, Jack - US Republican Congressman from New York, Secretary of Housing and
Urban Development, and Vice Presidential candidate with Mason Bob Dole
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 Moscow
King, Charles - American biochemist who isolated vitamin C.
King, Ernest Joseph - Fleet Admiral, he was Commander-in-Chief of the US
Fleet in 1941 and Chief of Naval Operations from 1942-1945.
King, Karl L. - One of America's top four march composers (1891-1971)
King, William - First Governor of Maine and first Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Maine, he held both offices simultaneously.
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.
Eschewing most honors, Bro. Kipling accepted recognition from Freemasonry by being named
one of forty living Fellows of the Philalethes Society.
Kleinknecht, Kenneth S. - Manager for Command and Service Modules in the
Apollo space program
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.
Kruger, David - An optometrist who, in an era of racial discrimination,
opened his office to all regardless of race or social status. His efforts on behalf of
children have been untiring and he was honored by a tribute in the Congressional Record in
September, 2002. You can read about this remarkable man and Mason here.
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 mentally retarded
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 to Nicaragua.
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.
Lawrence, James - A US Navy Captain at age 31, he bravely commanded the Chesapeake
against the frigate Shannon in the War of 1812. He was buried with Masonic and
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 1966.
Leidy, Joesph - Naturalist, known as the "father of American
LeJeune, John A. - Major General, U.S. Marine Corps and 13th Commandant of the
Marine Corps (1920-1949) he earned the proud title of "the greatest leatherneck of
Lemon, Mark - English founder and Editor of Punch Magazine
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 #111.
Lincoln, Elmo - First actor to play 'Tarzan of the Apes' (1918)
Lindbergh, Charles - American aviator who made the first solo
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 Louisiana Territory.
Lloyd, Harold C. - Entertainer and American silent film actor
Long, Odel Squier - Clerk of the Supreme Court of West Virginia for 30
Lord, John Wesley - Bishop, United Methodist Church
Lott, Trent - US Senator from Mississippi and current (2001) Senator
"Dean of the Texas trail-drivers". The Goodnight-Loving Trail was named in his
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
Freemasonry regards no man for his worldly wealth or honors. All Masons meet
together as equals and put aside their power and position in order to gather in harmony.
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.
Macy, Rowland Hussey - Owner of a small dry goods store in Haverhill,
Massachusetts, he was the founder of R. H. Macy & Company, New York City.
Marsh, Daniel L. - (1880-1968) Clergyman and Educator. President of
Boston University, 1925-1952; Chancellor of Boston University, 1951-1968; Doctorates from
many colleges and universities but was a down-to-earth and friendly person. On a personal
note, at the behest of his son-in-law, a Methodist Minister, he met with this site's
author who was then a high school senior and encouraged him to attend college, personally
approving his admission to BU! The huge dome of Marsh Chapel named in his honor
dominates the campus of Boston University on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.
Marsh, Henry - First Black Mayor of Richmond, Virginia (1977)
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
Marshall, James W. - Discovered Gold at Sutter's Mill California 1848
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 Peter".
Marshall, Thomas R. - 22nd Vice President of the United States.
Marshall, Thurgood - The first Black to be appointed to the Supreme Court
of the United States
Mason, William Castein - A physician who practiced both medicine and
Masonry actively in his native city of Bangor, Maine from the date of his graduation from
Harvard University to the day he laid down his working tools. The statement is literally
true for within 48 hours of his passing, he performed an extremely difficult operation of
which 30 years before he was one of the founders. Named in his honor is the main
auditorium of Maine's second largest hospital where he practiced all his life. (Mason
Auditorium at Eastern Maine Medical Center.)
Massey, Hart - Massey-Ferguson farm equipment
Mathews, Stanley - US Supreme Court Justice
Mayer, Louis B. - Film producer who merged to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
David S. "Doc"
- Pioneer settler doctor who named the city of Seattle, Washington. He helped create the
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
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"."
McCown, John - Confederate General who died while attending his lodge
meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas
McCoy, Clyde L. - Inventor of the 'wah-wah- trumpet and talented
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 living Kiowa.
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.
Mclellan, Archibald - Editor-in-Chief , The Christian Science Monitor.
McLemore, Richard A. - President of Mississippi College in Clinton,
Melchior, Lauritz - One of the world's foremost Wagnerian tenors.
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).
Mellos, Nicholas - Senior Chief Petty Officer, US Navy. He was the senior
enlisted person on the P3 airplane which was rammed by a Chinese jet and forced to land in
China in 2001. In addition to being awarded the Air Medal, Senior Chief Mellos was one of
only two crew members awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his bravery and leadership
during their captivity. (The other MSM went to the aircraft's Commanding Officer.)
Bravo Zulu, Senior Chief - from another Senior Chief/Mason!
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
Mfume, Kweisi - U. S. Congressman and President and CEO of the NAACP.
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 (1907).
Minton, Sherman - US Senator and Supreme Court Justice from 1949-1956.
Mitchell, Edgar D. - US Astronaut who flew on the Apollo 14 mission.
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
Montgolfier, Jacques Etienne - Co-developer with his brother of the first
practical hot-air balloon.
Montgomery, Richard - First general officer of the (US) Continental Army
to be killed in battle (in the attack on the British fort at Quebec City).
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
Freemasonry regards no man for his worldly wealth or honors. All Masons meet
together as equals and put aside their power and position in order to gather in harmony.
Naismith, James -
Canadian-born American sports educator who invented the game of basketball.
Navikov, Nikolay - Russian journalist who debated with Tzarina Ekaterina
the Great and a publisher who published more books than ever before in history.
Nelson, Samuel - Supreme Court Justice
New, Harry S. - Postmaster General of the United States who established
Newman, Robert - Revolutionary War Patriot. He was the Sexton of Christ
Church (Old North), Boston, when lanterns were hung for Paul Revere. He served as Grand
Tyler for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
Newton, Joseph Fort - Christian Minister and Masonic Author
Newton, Louie D. - President of the Southern Baptist Convention; Vice
President of the Baptist World Alliance; served 27 years on the SBC Executive Committee.
Nicholas, Samuel - First American Marine Corps officer, he was also
considered the first Commandant of the Marines. He owned the Tun Tavern which the Corps
considers their birthplace and which was also the meeting place of the first lodge in
Nicholson, Samuel - American Navy and first Commander of the famous
frigate, U.S.S. Constitution.
Nickerson, LtGen Herman Jr., USMC - Former Commanding
General, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Commander of I-Corps theater
of operations in Vietnam
Nunn, Sam - Respected former U.S. Senator from Georgia. For seven years, he
Chaired the Armed Services Committee.
O'Higgins, Bernardo - the Liberator of Chile. Educated in
England but returned to his country to lead them in their fight for independence form
Olds, Ransom E. - American automobile inventor and manufacturer. Founded the Olds
Oppenheimer, David - Mayor of Vancouver who had the foresight to preserve
and enormous tract of land for use as a park, dedicated to Lord Stanley, yet another
Otis, James - American Revolutionary politician and publicist. Famous for
"Taxation without Representation is Tyranny"
Palmer, Arnold - Golf Professional who for years set the
example to make golf a 'gentlemen's' sport
Papst, Charles F. - Coined the term "Athletes Foot"
Peale, Rev. Norman Vincent - American cleric, founder of
"Guidepost", and known for his famous book, "The Power of Positive
Peary, Admiral Robert E. - First man to reach the North Pole (1909)
Penney, J. (James) C. - US retailer who donated large amounts of money to
Pepper, Claude - US Senator from Florida, he was an active supporter of
rights for senior citizens and when he died in 1989 was the oldest man ever to serve in
Congress (an honor presently held by Bro. Strom Thurmond).
Perkins, Jacob - Early American Engraver and Engineer; emigrated to
England in 1819 and established the bank note firm of Perkins, Fairman and Heath; this
firm produced the first British postage stamps, including the famous "Penny
Perry, Matthew - American Naval hero, he commanded one of the first steam
ships and made a famous expedition to the Far East opening it for trade.
Pershing, John Joseph - ("Black Jack") American Army General
who led the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War I. In 1921, he was
given the rank of General of the Armies, a rank only conferred once.
Pickett, General George E. - Commanded the Confederate lines at the US
Civil War battle of Gettysburg and led the final assault.
Pike, Albert - Pioneer, explorer, Confederate General, he re-wrote the
rituals of the US Southern Masonic jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite Bodies.
Pike, Zebulon M. - Discovered the great peak that bears his name. He was
killed in action at Toronto during the War of 1812.
Pitney, Mahlon - US Congressman and later Supreme Court Justice
Poinsett, Joel R. - First U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and an amateur
botanist who developed the flower: Poinsettia.
Polk, James Knox - Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Governor
of Tennessee and eleventh President of the U.S.
Pound, Roscoe - Dean, Harvard University School of Law; President
International Academy of Comparative Law. He served as a Deputy Grand Master of the Grand
Lodge of Massachusetts and was considered an outstanding authority on Masonic
jurisprudence. A charter member of The Harvard Lodge.
Preble, Edward - Commander of USS Constitution and US Navy hero, he was
one of the first five commissioned Lieutenants at the creation of the US Navy. At the
commissioning of a new warship named in his honor, the ship's Commanding Officer and
members of the crew as well as the Grand Lodges of Maine and Massachusetts laid a wreath
at his grave in Portland, Maine.
Pullman, George - Inventor and businessman, he built first sleeping car
on train which became a standard throughout the world.
Purdy, George I. - One of the most well-respected businessmen in
post-WWII Japan. His autobiography - A Summer for a Lifetime - is one which should
be read by Masons and non-Masons alike and talks at length about the importance of
Freemasonry in his life. You can buy it and read several reviews right here and buy it at
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeyvich - Famous Russian poet and author who, among
other works, wrote "Boris Godunov".
Putnam, Israel - One of four Major Generals at the start of the
Revolutionary War, he was the only one to serve throughout. He is remembered for his order
to his troops at the Battle of Bunker Hill: "Don't fire until you see the whites of
their eyes." His son joined Freemasonry as well.
Putnam, Rufus - American Revolutionary War General, 'Father of the
Northwest Territory' and First Grand Master of Masons in Ohio.
Quezon, Manuel L. - First President of the Philippine
Senate, first Commonwealth of the Philippines and first Grand Master of Philippine
Quitman, John Anthony - Legislator, Governor or Mississippi and US Congressman,
he served as Grand Master of Masons
"Isn't a Mason bound to answer truthfully when asked if
they're a Mason?" a recent online poster asked? The answer is: no more than a
person when asked if they're a member of the Anglican Church or the National Rifle
Association. However, except for those parts of the world where persecution would subject
a member or his family to potential harm, most Masons are proud to have others know of
their involvement - as this list attests!
Rangel, Charles - U.S.
Democratic Congressman from New York
Raín, Dr. Alois - Resistance fighter and Czech Republic economist. The
first act of Czech law is in his handwriting. In 1923, Raín was to become the first
Czechoslovak victim of communist terror.
Reed, Stanley F. - US Supreme Court Justice (1938-1957)
Revere, Paul - American silversmith, engraver and Revolutionary hero who
on April 18, 1775 made his famous ride to warn "The British are coming!" as
celebrated in a poem by Longfellow. Revere was a Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of
Richards, Michael - The talented actor most popularly known as
"Kramer" from the Seinfeld television series.
Richardson, Elliott - Decorated soldier (Bronze Star & 2 Purple
Hearts), he held many top governmental posts. As Attorney General of the United
States, he resigned in what became known as the 'Saturday Night Massacre' rather than
carry out President Richard Nixon's orders to fire Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald
Cox who had been investigating White House wrongdoings.
Richardson, Kermit - Master, The National Grange
Richet, Charles Robert - French physician, physiologist and
metaphysician, he was the co-discoverer of the medical phenomenon which he named
anaphylaxis and in 1913 received the Nobel Prize for physiology.
Rickenbacker, Eddie - American aviator who was the most decorated combat
pilot of World War I and later became president of Eastern Airlines.
Rickey, Branch - US baseball executive most remembered as the General
Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he created the 'farm system' for developing players and
he hired Jackie Robinson to break the 'color line' in baseball.
Ridgeway, General Matthew B. - US Army Chief of Staff.
Ringling Brothers - All 7 of these famous Circus brothers and their
father were Masons.
Rizal, José - "The George Washington of the Philippines" who
was a patriot, poet, novelist, physician, and active Mason. Today one finds monuments to
Rizal nearly everywhere in the Republic of the Philippines.
Robinson, "Sugar Ray" - American prizefighter and six time
world champion (once as a welterweight and five times as a middleweight)
Roemer, Buddy (Charles E.) - Louisiana Governor 1988-1992.
(Leonard Franklin Slye)
- "King of the Cowboys". American singer and actor
who played a singing cowboy in motion picture Westerns. Always wearing the white hat,
Rogers played the hero who never killed his opponent but rather would shoot him in the
hand to wound him. On his grave is proudly displayed the Cross of his faith and his 33rd
Degree Masonic emblem.
Rogers, Will - Actor and beloved Humorist; noted for his wry,
homespun commentary on society and politics.
Roman, Charles Lightfoot - Canadian physician, one of the first in the
field of industrial medicine, served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge in Canada and
apparently was the first African American to head a 'mainstream' Grand Lodge in North
Roosevelt, Franklin D. - Governor of New York and 32nd President of the United
States, he was the only US president to be reelected three times. He brought his country
out of the Great Depression, guided them through World War II and died in office. He was
succeeded by another Mason, Harry S. Truman.
Roosevelt, Theodore - Hero of the Spanish-American War, Governor of New
York, Vice President and when President (and Mason) William McKinley was assassinated, he
became the 26th President of the United States. Winner of the Nobel peace prize.
Root, Joseph Cullen - "Giant of American Fraternalism"
Responsible for the establishment of Modern Woodmen of America and other Woodmen groups.
Ross, Edmund G. - United States Senator who cast the one impartial vote
of "Not Guilty" thus saving President (and Brother) Andrew Johnson from
impeachment and preserving the American system of Constitutional government.
Rusk, John W. - Gained national prominence as "Uncle Sam", he
was a regular fixture in any event involving the Nation's Capitol in his striped pants,
top hat and stilts.
Russell, Richard B. - US Senator and member of the "Warren
Commission" investigating the assassination of President Kennedy.
Rutledge, Wiley B. - Supreme Court Justice (1943-1949).
When preparing this list, I was asked, "How does somebody
know if a person is a Mason or not?". The answer seemed simple: because they're proud
to say that they are - and since Masonry is not a "secret organization" as some
would have you believe, then it's pretty easy!
Salten, Felix - Creator of Bambi.
Saltonstall, Leverett - Three term Governor of Massachusetts and US
Senator for 21 years.
Colonel Harland - Fried chicken magnate, his Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets are
found world-wide. He perfected his Original Recipe® of 11 secret herbs and spices in
1939. When he died in 1980, his body laid in state in the Rotunda of the Kentucky State
Sarnoff, David - Russian-born American broadcasting executive, he started
as an office worker with Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company, which was later absorbed by
the Radio Corporation of America. Rising to the top ranks of RCA, he organized the
National Broadcasting Company, the first permanent broadcasting network, as part of RCA.
Savalas, Telly - Actor who became famous as the bald police detective who
was strong on the outside but gentle inside - and always had a lollypop in his mouth. His
was an actor also.
Sax, Antoine Joseph - Musician who invented the Saxophone (1846).
Joseph Drayton "JD" - Methodist Layman, Adjutant General of the
Confederate Army, US Congressman and Governor of Texas
Schaefer, Julius Earl - Founded the company which later became Boeing's
Wichita plant and oversaw production of large volumes of aircraft during World War
(Raymond William) - During an 18-year career as a catcher, primarily with the Chicago
White Sox, he established many league records for fielding. Nicknamed "Cracker,"
he was an honest member of the "Black Sox" club that conspired to lose the 1919
World Series. In 1955 he was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame.
Joseph - Part of the best-known two-man vaudville singing team of Van and Schenck
Schmidt, Milton C. "Milt" - Professional Hockey Player; awarded
the national Hockey League's highest award "The Hart Trophy - Most Valuable
Schirra, Walter M. - Made a "Mason at Sight" by the Grand
Master of Masons of Florida, he carried several Masonic items with him on his Apollo 7
flight and was the command pilot on the history-making Gemini 6 flight which made a
rendezvous with the already orbiting Gemini 7 spacecraft, the first rendezvous of
two manned, maneuverable spacecraft.
George J. - Chicago business magnate
Schoonover, George - Founder of "The Builder"
Schumer, Charles E. - U.S. Congressman from Brooklyn, NY
Scott, Sir Walter - Novelist and poet, his journal is an important record
of the times in which he lived.
Sciubba, Elvio - Chief Controller, Italian Treasury Department.
Scott - American film actor. Seen in 'Joan of Arc' (1948) and Donovan's Reef
Sellers, Peter - English actor and comedian, his popularity was
unrivalled as the incompetent Inspector Clouseau in a series of films that began with The
Pink Panther (1963) and extended beyond his death to The Trail of the Pink Panther (1982).
He received an Oscar nomination for 'Being There' (1980).
Service, Robert W. - Canadian poet among whose works are "The
Cremation of Sam McGee"
Sexson, William Mark - Ordained Minister and, in 1922, founded the Order of Rainbow for Girls
Sheffield, James E. - First Black Circuit Court Judge appointed in the
City of Richmond, Virginia
Sibelius, Jean - Finnish composer whose symphonic poems reflect a romantic and
intensely nationalistic approach to music. One of his most famous pieces is the tone poem,
Simcoe, John Graves - Hero of the Revolutionary War, Founder of Ontario
and Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, Canadians annually celebrate Simcoe Day in
Simmons, Robert - U. S. House of Representatives 2000. Formerly
Connecticut State Representative.
Russell - Prolific American film actor, he had a long career spanning from 1914 to
1959. 'Beloved by all who knew him'.
Sitter, Carl L. - U. S. Congressional Medal of Honor winner, he was a
Marine Corps Company Commander at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir at Hagaru-ri during the
Korean War. At the time of his death, he was attending Virginia Theological Seminary
and Presbyterian School of Education and was scheduled to receive his Master of Divinity
Degree a month later.
"Good Night and God Bless"
Brother Red will be remembered for countless decades for
his hilarious family comedy. When others used obscenities to get a 'cheap laugh', he kept
high standards and refused to follow. His clown paintings are exceptional pieces of art.
His famous "Pledge of Allegiance" talk can be found here.
Smith, Joseph - Founder of the Mormon
Church. We have a page about Mormonism and Freemasonry right here.
Smith, John Stafford - Composer, and musical scholar, born in England. He
wrote vocal music, and the tune of "The Star-spangled Banner', the US National
Soboleff, Walter A., Rev. - Tlinglit American Indian, Presbyterian
Minister, spiritual, business and community leader in Juneau, Alaska
Sousa, John Philip - U.S. Marine Band leader from 1880 - 1892, he wrote
numerous marches including the US's 'national march', "The Stars and Stripes
Spanos, Alex G. - Owner of the San Diego Chargers professional football
team and founder of 10 companies that bear his name, Bro. Spanos is one of the US's
Spruill, Lionell - Presently a Member of the Virginia House of Delegates.
Served as Grand Master for the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia
Stanford, (Amasa) Leland - Railroad builder and government official; he
became governor of California (1861--63) and a founder and president of the Central
Pacific Railroad (1863--93). He made a fortune, and, with his wife, founded and endowed
Leland Stanford, Jr., University (1885) in memory of their only son (who died in 1884 at
age 15). He drove the gold spike linking the US continent's railroad lines.
Stanley, Sir Frederick Arthur - A keen sportsman, he originated the
Stanley Cup to encourage winter sports in Canada. Today, it is the most important award in
professional hockey given to the team winning the National Hockey League championship.
Stassen, Harold E. - Governor of Minnesota (the youngest governor ever
elected at the time), he held many positions in government including service in
Stennis, John - United States Senator from Mississippi from 1947 to 1988.
He was replaced in this office by another Mason, Trent Lott.
Stewart, Potter - Supreme Court Associate Justice (1959-1981)
Still, Andrew T. - American physician who devised treatment of
Stone, Arthur - American motion picture actor of the 1920s,
30s, and 40s.
Stotz, Carl E. - Founder of Little League Baseball, he conceived the idea
which has grown into the world's largest organized youth program.
Stout, Herald - Rear Admiral & World War II hero, in 1993 a guided
missile destroyer was named in his honor (USS Stout - DDG-55).
Stratton, Charles - 'General Tom Thumb' - American entertainer and circus
performer, he reached 3 feet 4 inches in height at maturity.
Stimson, Mark - Self-taught real estate agent, he created the largest network of
real estate companies in the state of Maine.
Stutz, Harry C. - President, Stutz Motor Car Company.
de Sucre, Antonio Jose y Alcala - Served as a General under Brother Simon
Bolivar in Peru, he became the first President of Bolivia in 1825 and was named President
for life. He resigned three years later and while traveling to Ecuador to be installed
President of that country, was assassinated. Well known for his liberation efforts of
Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
Sumarkov, Alexandr Petrovich - Russian dramatist and poet. Though largely
based on contemporary French models, his plays mark the emergence of Russian theater.
Swayne, Noah H. - Supreme Court Justice
Swift, Johathan - Clergyman and satirist, he wrote Gulliver's Travels
Carl "Alfalfa" - Child actor star of the "Little
Symington, Stuart - First Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, he was
approved for nomination for high office by the Senate six times without a dissenting vote.
He later served as Senator from Missouri.
Taft, William Howard - Civil governor of the Philippines,
Secretary of War, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court and twenty-seventh President of
Tea, Richard - Civil War hero and Medal of Honor winner. So conspicuous
was his record as a soldier during that War that he was accorded the distinction by
Congress of being permitted to enter either the Senate Chambers or the floor of the House
and enjoy any privilege of either. He was a long time member and Past Master of Aztlan
Lodge #4, Prescott, Arizona.
Teets, John W. - Chairman and President of Dial Corporation
Temple, Lewis - Noted Black Abolitionist whose basement served as a way
station on the 'Underground Railroad'.
Thayer, Sylvanus - Father of the U. S. Military Academy - West Point
Thomas, Danny - Entertainer / Founder of St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Mr. Thomas
often told the story of how physicians at his hospital explained to him the need for a
very unique therapy for a patient at St. Jude's which was only available at a Shrine
Hospital. Mr. Thomas told the doctors to proceed with the treatment, regardless of the
cost. When he was advised that there would be no cost, Mr. Thomas was
shocked and vowed to find out more about this organization. Shortly thereafter, he
petitioned and became a Mason. Prior to his death, he was featured in videos and wrote
articles praising the good works of Freemasonry.
Thomas, Dave - Founder of the very popular Wendy's Restaurants, publicly
he was the grandfatherly star of commercials. Both privately and publicly, however, he did
extensive work promoting the cause of orphans, something he had been in his own youth. The
hamburgers at Wendy's are square as a reminder of Dave's motto: "Never cut
corners." Dave was active in the Scottish Rite Philanthropies including their
Children's Hospital program. His mentor in the restaurant business was another Mason, Col.
Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame.
Thomas, Isaiah - Firebrand of the American Revolution and founder of the
American Antiquarian Society, he served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of
Thomas, Lowell - American radio commentator during both World Wars and
broadcast a nightly news program for over 45 years (1930-1976). He wrote and lectured
widely on his travel adventures and brought Lawrence of Arabia to public notice.
Thorvaldsen, Bertel - Noted Danish sculptor
J. M. - Mayor of
Dallas, Texas 1879-1880.
Thurmond, Strom - The longest-serving United States Senator
Thurston, Howard - Top magician in the U.S. from 1908 until his death in
Tillis, Mel (Lonnie Melvin) - Country and Western performer of renown.
Coins tossed into the fountain of the Mel Tillis Theatre in Branson, Missouri are divided
equally between the Scottish Rite's Childhood Language Disorders Program and the Shrine's
Hospitals. Bro. Tillis is also an aspiring painter and has created a wonderful piece with
a Masonic theme. You can read about it (and find ordering information for your own copy) here.
Tobin, Ben - Real Estate Developer
and Hotellier. Owner of the Empire State Building and Operator of the world famous Hollywood
Beach Hotel. (1904-1996)
Todd, Thomas - Supreme Court Justice (1807-1826)
Tompkins, Daniel D. - Vice President of the United States, his bust is in the
Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol.
Trachtenberg, Stephen J. - President, The George Washington University,
Travis, Colonel William B. - American military leader who commanded the
Texans who died in defense of the Alamo.
Trimble, Robert - Supreme Court Justice
Truett, George W. - Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Dallas
(1897-1944); President of the Southern Baptist Convention; President of the Baptist World
Truman, Harry S. - A U. S. Senator from Missouri (1935-45), his personal
integrity helped him get reelected in 1940 despite the exposure of the Missouri machine's
corruption. He came to national attention heading what was called the Truman Committee,
which investigated government wartime production and saved taxpayers millions of dollars.
He became vice-president in 1944. Truman became the thirty-third President of the United
States with the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, another Mason; he would go on to
win a close election in 1948. He served as Grand Master of Masons - the highest position
in Freemasonry - in Missouri 1940-1941. When he visited lodges all over the country, he
preferred to be introduced as a Past Grand Master rather than as President.
Vinson, Frederick M. - American Jurist who served as
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1946-1953.
Wadlow, Robert Pershing - Tallest human on record being almost 9 feet
tall, Wadlow was proud of his early acceptance by DeMolay and from his activities there,
determined to be a Mason also. Looked at by many as a 'freak', DeMolay and Masonry helped
Wadlow maintain a sense of normalcy for which he and his parents were extremely grateful.
The US's Public Broadcasting System has produced a documentary which places great emphasis
on Brother Wadlow's Masonic affiliations and includes many pictures of him as a DeMolay
John Honus - "The Flying Dutchman", he is considered the greatest
shortstop in the history of baseball.
Sidney - Hollywood cinematographer. 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' (1946) was
among the many films he photographed.
Wainwright, Jonathan M. - US Army General and the hero of Battan.
Wallace, Governor George C. - Alabama governor and US Presidential
Candidate who was nearly assassinated and spent his remaining years in a wheel chair and
in constant pain.
Note: Anti-Masons enjoy pointing to
George Wallace as a representation of racial discrimination, ignoring the great majority
of the population of non-Masons who also espoused such positions at the time, including
perhaps even their own relatives - both then and now! They also overlook the change in his
later years and the fact that those whom he stood against were to later praise his
humanity and recognize his change in heart.
Walker, Charlie - Country music singer and legendary
member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Walkes, Jr., Joseph A. - Author of numerous publications particularly
involving Prince Hall Freemasonry and founder of the Phylaxis (Prince Hall Masonic
Wallace, Lewis - American military leader and writer. During the American
Civil War, he served in the Union army and reached the rank of Major General. At the close
of the War, he was a member of the court that tried those accused of conspiring to
assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. His novel, "Ben Hur: A Tale of the
Christ" won him a nationwide reputation.
Walker, William - LtCol, Confederate Army he was the first Master of
Eastern Star Lodge in Louisiana and served as a District Deputy Grand Master. Killed in
Wanamaker, John - A statue of this Mason stands outside of Philadelphia's
City Hall. His expertise in business led to his appointment as Postmaster General and he
established rural free delivery and parcel post. The University of Pennsylvania conferred
upon him a Doctor of Laws degree shortly after the end of World War One. Their citation
referred to Brother Wanamaker as: "Philanthropist, statesman, eminent in the councils
of the nation, Christian Leader, and constructive genius who on the basis of the Golden
Rule, by thought and practice has revolutionized the business methods of merchants of the
Ward, Rev. John - First of the Episcopalian faith to enter Missouri and
organize his people.
Warner, Glen Scobey "Pop" - Famous football coach, credited
with originating the single and double wingback formations.
Warner, Jack - One of the brothers who created the American
motion-picture production company known as Warner Brothers. They were the first to use
sequences of sound in a silent feature film.
Warren, Earl - Succeeding another Mason (Frederick Vinson), Warren served
as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court from 1953 to 1974 and led in sweeping changes in
civil rights and criminal law.
Warren, Joseph, M.D. - Noted physician and American Revolutionary War
General. Let the troops in the 'Battle of Bunker Hill' where he was killed. At the time of
his death, he was serving as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts.
Washington, Booker T - Educator and author
Washington, George - As General of the Armies of the colonies, he led the
revolution which created American independence. As the first President of the United
States, his leadership was crucial to establishing the 'tone' for the United States. His
love of Freemasonry is documented by his close reliance upon other Masons in the execution
of his duties. Following his death, his widow sent locks of his hair (a common practice of
the time) to Masons throughout the country and such revered treasures were the object of
great appreciation. To this day, a lock of his hair sent to the Grand Lodge of
Massachusetts is carried in a golden urn preceding the entry of the Grand Master at the
Annual Meeting of the Grand Lodge.
Watson, Thomas J. - American inventor and businessman who was President
and Chairman of International Business Machines (IBM) from 1914-1956.
Wayne, John - "The Duke" - One of the most popular actors of recent
years. His 'manly' roles helped define a generation.
Webb, James E. - NASA Administrator.
Webb, Matthew - First man to swim the English Channel (1875).
Webb, Wellington - Mayor of Denver, Colorado.
Wentworth, Benning - Colonial Governor of New Hampshire; Portsmouth NH merchant;
gave 500 acres of land to Dartmouth College; Bennington, Vermont is named in his honor.
Wentworth, William Carles - Well known for his exploration expeditions into the
interior of New South Wales, he was also the editor of the first newspaper in Australia.
Wesberry, James P. - Pastor of the Morningside Baptist Church of Atlanta,
Georgia for 31 years; Recording Secretary of the Georgia Baptist Convention for 20 years.
Died in 1992.
Wescott, Joseph H. - Former Deputy Commissioner, Pennsylvania State Police
White, William - President of Baylor University 1948-1961; Executive Secretary
and later President of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Whiteman, Paul - American conductor who introduced symphonic jazz to a
general audience and became known affectionately as the "King of Jazz". He
commissioned Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue'.
Wilder, Laura Ingalls - *Please don't write to me saying "She's not a
Mason!" I know. She was the author of 'Little House on the Prairie' books and
active in Eastern Star, an organization which requires a Masonic relative! (She's part of
the 'Masonic Family'!)
Wilder, Lawrence Douglass - First elected Black Governor in the US from
the State of Virginia.
Williams, Egbert "Bert" - Actor and comedian. Half of the comedy duo
Williams & Walker. Formed the Lafayette Players in New York City as a theatre company
that presented works by, for and about black people through a special arrangement with
Brother Florenz Zigfeld.
Williams, Jonathan - Colonel, United States Army; he was the first Superintendent
of the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
- Member of the Texas
Republic Senate during the 1830s and twice candidate for President of the Republic of
Wood, Grant - American painter famous stylized realism and "American
Woodbury, Levi - Governor of New Hampshire, US Senator, Secretary of the
Navy, Secretary of the Treasury and Supreme Court Justice. Woodbury County Iowa is named
Woods, William B. - American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court from 1880-1887.
Woodward, Carl R. - President of Rhode Island State College when it
became the University of Rhode Island in 1951.
Wootton, Percy, M.D. - President, American Medical Association (1997)
Wyler, William - American motion-picture director, known for his many
meticulously crafted, award-winning films. In 1936 he was signed by American producer
Samuel Goldwyn, beginning a ten-year collaboration that created pictures including Dead
End (1937), Jezebel (1938), Wuthering Heights (1939), The Little
Foxes (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942), and The Best Years of Our Lives
(1946). The latter two films won Wyler his first two Academy Awards for best director,
also earning the awards for best picture.
Wynn, Ed - Movie actor and comedian, he introduced "Carmel Comedy
Young, Brigham - Founded the Mormon Church in Utah
Young, Cy - American baseball player, he pitched for 22 seasons and was,
perhaps, the greatest pitcher in the history of the sport. He pitched the first 'perfect
game' in modern baseball.
Young, Andrew - Former United Nation's Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta,
Zanuck, Darryl F. - Co-founder of 20th Century Productions in
1933, his movie productions made him a legend. The memorial by his family notes his
Masonic affiliation above all other accomplishments!
Zigfeld, Florenz - His Ziegfeld's Follies began in 1907.