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Famous Freemasons

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.

U.S. Presidents

George Washington

James Buchanan

Gerald R. Ford

James A. Garfield

Warren G. Harding

Andrew Jackson

William McKinley

James Monroe

James Knox Polk

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

William Howard Taft

Harry S. Truman

Astronauts

Edwin "Buzz" E. Aldrin

Neil Armstrong

John H. Glenn

Virgil Grissom

 Supreme Court Justices

Hugo L. Black,

John Blair, Jr.

Samuel Blatchford

Henry Baldwin

Harold H. Burton

James F. Byrnes

John Catton

Thomas C. Clark

John H. Clarke

William Cushing

Willis Van Devanter

William O. Douglas

Oliver Ellsworth

Stephen J. Field

John M. Harlan

Robert H. Jackson

Joseph E. Lamar

John Marshall

Thurgood Marshall

Stanley Mathews

Sherman Minton

William H. Moody

Samuel Nelson

William Paterson

Mahlon Pitney

Stanley F. Reed

Wiley B. Rutledge

Potter Stewart

Noah H. Swayne

Thomas Todd

Robert Trimble

Frederick M. Vinson

Earl Warren

Levi Woodbury

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.

 

Initiated: 1730

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

Actors

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 Wohlt├Ątigkeit (Charity) Lodge, Austria.

 

Initiated: December 14, 1784.

Musicians\ Entertainers

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"

Sports

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

 

Writers

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

Government Leaders

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

Military

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

     intercontinental railroad

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