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The first President of the United States of America had a strong relationship with the Masons.
He was given the rank of Master Mason less than a year after initiation, and he performed Masonic rites at the laying of the U.S. Capitol's cornerstone on September 18, 1793.
Initiated: November 4, 1752.
Gerald R. Ford
James A. Garfield
Warren G. Harding
James Knox Polk
Franklin D. Roosevelt
William Howard Taft
Harry S. Truman
Edwin "Buzz" E. Aldrin
John H. Glenn
Supreme Court Justices
Hugo L. Black,
John Blair, Jr.
Harold H. Burton
James F. Byrnes
Thomas C. Clark
John H. Clarke
Willis Van Devanter
William O. Douglas
Stephen J. Field
John M. Harlan
Robert H. Jackson
Joseph E. Lamar
William H. Moody
Stanley F. Reed
Wiley B. Rutledge
Noah H. Swayne
Frederick M. Vinson
William B. Woods
Franklin became a member of Saint John's Lodge in Philadelphia, a few years after starting his own society --
The Leathern Apron Club.
His membership in the order and time spent as Grand Master of Pennsylvania didn't interfere with his role as hero of the Revolutionary War, Founding Father, and inventor.
The first recipient of the prestigious annual Mark Twain Humor Prize in 1998, Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III was an influential and popular American comedian. A veteran of 40 films between 1967 and 1991.
Member of Henry Brown Lodge No. 22, Peoria, IL
Initiated : Circa 1981
Gene Autry - Actor
Ernest Borgnine - Actor
W.C. Fields - Actor
Clark Gable - Actor
Tom Mix - US Marshal turned actor. Stared in over 400 western films
Audie Murphy - Most decorated American Soldier of WWII and Actor
Roy Rogers - American cowboy and screen star
Will Rogers - Actor
Peter Sellers - Actor
Mel Blanc - Over 1,500 Voices including Bugs Bunny
John Wayne - Actor
Austrian composer and son of a Freemason, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart created a number of masonic musical numbers during his prolific career. He was a part of the Zur Wohltätigkeit (Charity) Lodge, Austria.
Initiated: December 14, 1784.
William "Count" Bassie - Orchestra leader/composer
Irving Berlin - Entertainer
Roy Clark - Country Western Star
Little Jimmy Dickens - Grand Ole Opry Star
Duke Ellington - Composer, Arranger and Stylist
Al Jolson - Singer, Film Actor and Comedian. Dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer".
Francis Scott Key - Wrote US National Anthem
Antoine Joseph Sax - Invented the Saxophone (1846)
Jean Sibelius - Composer (Finland)
Red Skelton - Entertainer
John Stafford Smith - Wrote the music that became the US National Anthem.
Mel Tillis - Country Singer
Paul Whiteman - "King of Jazz"
Shaquille O'Neal - Basketball Player with 4 NBA Championships
Ty Cobb - An original member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Earle Bryan Combs - Baseball Hall of Fame
Jack Dempsey - American Heavy Weight Boxer
Rogers Hornsby - A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
James Naismith - Inventor of Basketball
Arnold Palmer - Golf Pro
Robert Burns - The National Poet of Scotland and Freemasonry
Casanova - Italian Adventurer, writer and entertainer
Samuel L. Clemens - a.k.a. Mark Twain
Carlo Collodi - Author of Pinocchio
Sir Author Conan Doyle - Writer of Sherlock Holmes
Harold Lincoln Gray - Creator of "Little Orphan Annie"
Rudyard Kipling, - Writer
Sir Walter Scott - Writer
William Shakespeare - Writer
Jonathan Swift - Author of Gulliver's Travels
Voltaire - French writer and philosopher
Lewis Wallace - Wrote "Ben Hur"
Early American Pioneers
Stephen F. Austin - Father of Texas
James Bowie - Alamo
Joseph Brant - Chief of the Mohawks 1742 - 1807
David G. Burnett - 1st President of the Republic of Texas
Christopher "Kit" Carson - Frontiersman, scout and explorer
William Clark - Explorer
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody - Indian fighter, Wild West Show
Samuel Colt - Firearms innovator.
David Crockett - American Frontiersman and Alamo fame
Patrick Henry - Patriot
Sam Houston - 2nd&4th President of the Republic of Texas
Anson Jones - 5th President of the Republic of Texas
Mirabeau B. Lamar - 3rd President of the Republic of Texas
Meriwether Lewis - Explorer
Robert Livingston - Co-Negotiator for purchase of Louisiana Territory
Paul Revere - Famous American
Colonel William B. Travis - Alamo
Sir John J.C. Abbott - Prime Minister of Canada 1891-92
Viscount R.B. Bennett - Prime Minister of Canada 1930-35
Sir Robert L. Borden - Prime Minister of Canada 1911-1920
Sir Mackenzie Bowell - Prime Minister of Canada 1894-96
Winston Churchill - British Prime Minister
John G. Diefenbaker - Prime Minister of Canada 1957-63
Edward VII - King of England
Edward VIII - King of England who abdicated the throne in less than 1 year
George VI - King of England during W.W. II
Sir John A. MacDonald - Prime Minister of Canada 1867-73 & 1878-91
Sam Nunn - US Senator
Governor George C. Wallace - Presidential Candidate who was nearly assassinated
General Henry "Hap" Arnold - Commander of the Army Air Force
Omar N. Bradley - Military leader
Admiral Richard E. Byrd - Flew over North Pole
General James Doolittle - Famous Air Force Pilot
Admiral John Paul Jones - First Admiral of the US Navy
Charles Lindbergh - Aviator
General Douglas MacArthur - Commander of Armed Forces in Philippines
George Marshall - General of the Armies
General George B. McClellan - Presidential candidate against Abe Lincoln
Major General Richard Montgomery - Fist General Officer of the Continental Army
Audie Murphy - Most decorated soldier of WW11.
Robert E. Peary - First man to reach the North Pole (1909)
John Joseph Pershing - Decorated American Soldier
Eddie Rickenbacker - Great American Air Force Ace
Other Famous Masons
Lloyd Balfour - Jewelry
Frederic A. Bartholdi - Designed the Statue of Liberty
Robert E. B. Baylor - Founder Baylor University
Daniel Carter Beard - Founder Boy Scouts
Lawrence Bell - Bell Aircraft Corp.
Gutzon & Lincoln Borglum - Father and Son who carved Mt. Rushmore
W.E.B. BuBois - Educator/scholar
Father Francisco Calvo - Catholic Priest who started Freemasonry in Costa Rica 1865
Walter P. Chrysler - Automotive fame
Andre Citroen - French Engineer and motor car manufacturer
John Theophilus Desaguliers - Inventor of the planetarium
William H. Dow - Dow Chemical Co.
Edwin L Drake - American Pioneer of the Oil industry
Jean Henri Dunant - Founder of the Red Cross
Samual J. Ervin Jr - Headed "Watergate" committee
Geoffrey Fisher - Archbishop of Canterbury 1945 - 1961
John Fitch - Inventor of the Steamboat
Sir Alexander Fleming - Invented Penicillin
Henry Ford - Pioneer Automobile Manufacturer
Richard J. Gatling - Built the "Gatling Gun"
Sir William S. Gilbert - Was the librettis for "Pirates of Penance"
King C. Gillett - Gillett Razor Co.
Joseph Ignace Guillotin - Inventor of the "Guillotin"
John Hancock - 1of 9 Masonic signers of Declaration of Independence
Cornelius Hedges - "Father" of Yellowstone National Park
Josiah Henson - Inspired the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Charles C. Hilton - American Hotelier
James Hoban - Architect for the US Capital
Richard M. Hoe - Invented the rotary press, revolutionizing newspaper printing
J. Edgar Hoover - Director of FBI
Harry Houdini - Magician
Edward Jenner - Inventor - Vaccination
Melvin Jones - One of the founders of the Lions International
Simon Lake - Built first submarine successful in open sea.
Sir Thomas Lipton - Tea
James W. Marshall - Discovered Gold at Sutter's Mill California 1848
Louis B. Mayer - Film producer who merged to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Dr. William and Charles Mayo - Began Mayo Clinic
Fredrick Maytag - Maytag
Karl A. Menninger - Psychiatrist famous for treating mental illness
Albert Abraham Michelson - Successfully measured the speed of light in 1882
Jacques Etienne Montgolfier - Co-developer of the first practical hot-air balloon
Harry S. New - Postmaster General who established Airmail
Ransom E. Olds - American automobile pioneer
James Otis - Famous for "Taxation without Representation is Tyranny"
Norman Vincent Peale - Founder of "Guidepost"
James C. Penny - Retailer JCPenny
Joel R. Poinsett - US Minister to Mexico who developed the flower: Poinsettia
George Pullman - Built first sleeping car on train.
Ringling Brothers - All 7 brothers and their father were Masons.
Felix Salten - Creator of Bambi
David Sarnoff - Father of T.V.
Leland Stanford - Railroads & Stanford University. Drove the gold spike linking the
Andrew T. Still - American Physician who devised treatment of Osteopathy
John W. Teets - Chairman and President of Dial Corporation
Dave Thomas - Founder of Wendys Restaurant
Lowell Thomas - Brought Lawrence of Arabia to public notice
Robert Pershing Wadlow - Tallest human on record being almost 9 feet tall
Jack Warner - Warner Brothers Fame
Matthew Webb - First man to swim the English Channel (1875)
William Wyler - Director of "Ben Hur"
Darryl F. Zanuck - Co-founder of 20th Century Productions in 1933