John - Norwegian
'giant' (said to be 8' 9" tall) who was a movie actor in the US. When he joined
Freemasonry over 1,500 attended. An effort to raise funds for a statue of this
Mason is underway in Norway now.
Abbott, Sir John J.C. - Canadian politician who served as
Prime Minister (1891-1892).
Abbott, William "Bud" - Famous half of the Abbott & Costello
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, 1969).
Alfond, Harold -
Owned famous 'Dexter Shoe Company' and noted philanthropist. Sports complexes
throughout Maine made possible by his generous contributions bear his name and
he began a unique college funding program for newborns in Maine as well.
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, DeWitt Clinton.
Anderson, Brad - Cartoonist and creator of the popular 'Marmaduke'
Anderson, Robert - Major General U.S. Army who was in
command of Fort Sumter at time of Confederate attack. Known as "Hero of Fort
André, Major John - British soldier who attempted to assist
Benedict Arnold in his treasonous betrayal of West Point. He was sentenced to
death and hanged in 1780.
Annanc, Louis - Chief of the Saint Francis Tribe of Indians.
(D: 1876 after having been a Mason for over 40 years.)
- Eccentric composer
of the 1920s. His trademark work was the 1924 work "Le Ballet Mecanique", which
incorporated sounds from machines like airplane propellers and car horns.
Archer, Dennis - Mayor of Detroit, Michigan
Arlen, Richard - Movie actor, best known for his role as a
pilot in "Wings".
Arnold, Benedict - American Revolutionary War General.
Arnold, Eddie - Country Music legend and member of the Grand
Arnold, General Henry "Hap" - American general whose efforts
helped establish what is now the U.S. Air Force. Commander, Army Air Force in
World War II, he is the only person to ever hold five star rank in two services
and the only person to ever hold five star rank in the US Air Force.
Arthur William Patrick Albert / Prince Arthur - Third son of
Queen Victoria and the longest serving Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of
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.
Atchison, David - US Senator, probably now best remembered for the Urban
Myth that he was President for one day - as stated on his tombstone.
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'.
Autry, Gene -
American actor who made some 90 movies from the 1930s through the 1950s, cowboy
singer ("Back in the Saddle Again" and more), and professional sports team owner
(original owner of the California Angels baseball team). Many young people today
have grown up listening to his rendition of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer".
Brother Gene was a "true gentleman".
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
Bahr, Hermann - Austrian writer, essayist and critic, he
was an intellectual interpreter of his time.
Baldry, Tony - Current (1999) UK Member, House of Commons
Baldwin, Henry - American jurist who served as an associate
justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1830-1844).
Balfour, Lloyd - Jewelry Manufacturer. Millions of students
have for generations chosen class rings from Balfour Jewelry
Banks, Sir Joseph - Noted naturalist who accompanied Capt. Cook
on his journeys around the world.
Barnard, Lawrence "Slim"
- Creator and host of TV's 'The Happy Wanderer' travelogue show of the 1960s
Barnes, Roy - 80th/Present (1999) Governor of Georgia
Barnes, W. W. - Professor of church history at Southwestern
Bartholdi, Frederic A. - French sculptor best known for his
figure of Liberty Enlightening the World, the Statue of Liberty, in New
Barton, Edmund - First Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of
Australia, 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
Bates, Frederick - Governor of Missouri
Bayh, Birch - US Democratic Senator from Indiana from
Baylor, Robert E. B. - Founder of Baylor University, Texas'
first Baptist college.
Beard, Daniel Carter - American writer and illustrator. In
1905, he founded the Sons of Daniel Boone which in 1910 became the first Boy
Scout organization in the US.
Bell, Lawrence - Bell Aircraft Corp.
Bellamy, Francis J. - The Baptist Minister who created
America's Pledge of Allegiance
Benes, Eduard - President of Czechoslovakia elected in 1935, he
led his nation's government into exile after the outbreak of World War II. He
resigned in 1948 when he was forced to yield to a Communist 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....". He was honored by his country when he received
the Medal of Freedom. 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. Bro. Bentsen passed to his eternal rest in May, 2006.
Berlin, Irving - Entertainer and songwriter who wrote more than
1,500 songs including "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1911) and several musical
comedies like Annie Get Your Gun (1946)
Berthold, Bartholomew - Businessman who organized the first
territorial bank in the Louisiana Territory
Black, Hugo L. - U. S. Senator and Supreme Court Justice
Blair, Jr., John - U. S. Supreme Court Justice and member of
the Constitutional Convention.
Blanc, Mel - If you've heard cartoon characters Bugs Bunny,
Elmer Fudd, Barney Rubble of the Flintstones, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester
the cat or others, you've heard the voice this 50+ year Mason who brought so
much pleasure to so many children for so many years.
Blatchford, Samuel - U.. S. Supreme Court Justice
Boaz, Hiram Abiff - Bishop of the Methodist Church, one of the
first presidents of Texas Wesleyan University and a member of two Texas lodges.
Bond, Shadrach - First Grand Master of Freemasons and first
Governor of Illinois
Boone, Daniel - Mythologized early U. S. pioneer responsible
for the exploration of Kentucky. Although his Masonic membership is unprovable,
here is what Nathan Boone had to say about his father's funeral: "Father's body
was conveyed to Flanders Callaway's home at Charette, and there the funeral took
place. There were no military or Masonic honors, the latter of which he was a
member, as there were then but very few in that region of the country."
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 Skipper 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
Bowell, Sir Mackenzie - British-born Canadian Prime Minister
1894-96 who later led the Conservative opposition.
Bowie, James - American-born Mexican colonist who joined the
Texan forces during the struggle for independence from Mexico. He died during
the defense of the Alamo.
Bradley, Omar N. - American general. Played a major part in the
Allied victory in World War II.
Brant, Joseph - Chief of the Mohawks 1742 - 1807. Supported the
British in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.
Breckinridge, John C. - American Vice President, he ran as the
pro-slavery candidate and lost to Abraham Lincoln. His bust is in the Senate
wing of the US Capitol.
Brown, Major General Charles E. Jr. - Served as US Army Chief
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
Bryan, William Jennings - US Secretary of State under
President Woodrow Wilson.
Buchanan, Edgar -
Dentist and actor in the US television series "Petticoat Junction"
Buchanan, James - 15th President of the U.S. (1857-1861).
Bullock, Bob - Texas Lt. Governor.
Burbank, Luther - Horticulturist and Naturalist, the practical
result of his experiments was the 'Burbank potato'.
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 Burke".
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
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
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
Bush, Vannevar - Pioneer in development of atomic and nuclear
energy; he is considered by many to be the 'godfather of the internet'. A Vice
President and Dean of Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT); frequent speaker at Massachusetts Masonic 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
Father Francisco - Catholic Priest who started Freemasonry in Costa
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
Carnahan, Melvin E. - Mel Carnahan was the State Treasurer,
Lieutenant Governor and from 1993 to 2000 when he was killed in an airplane
crash, the Governor of Missouri. He was so popular he was elected even after his
Carson, Christopher "Kit" - Frontiersman, scout and explorer
Cass, Lewis - American soldier, 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 military leader 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 colors 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 Civil War and even today is used as an example in leadership by
the US Army.
Chase, Carlton - First dedicated bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New
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.
Christian, John T. - Baptist Minister; Professor of Church
History and Librarian of the Baptist Bible Institute. The Library on the New
Orleans seminary campus bears his name.
Chrysler, Walter P. - American automobile manufacturer who
founded the Chrysler Corporation
Churchill, Winston - British politician and writer. Prime
Minister (1940-1945 and 1951-1955). His inspiration is often credited with
helping Britain survive under the onslaught of Hitler's evil.
Citroen, Andre - French engineer and motor car manufacturer
Clark, Mark Wayne - US Army General who commanded the American
Fifth Army when it made its initial landings on the Italian mainland. Later
commanded the 15th Army Group consisting of the British Eight and American Fifth
Armies as it effected the conquest of Italy.
Clark, Montague Graham, Jr. - Presbyterian minister and
President of the School of the Ozarks.
Clark, Roy - Country-Western star and singer; member of the
Grand Ole Opry
Clark, Tom C. - Supreme Court Justice (1949-1967)
Clark, William - American explorer and frontier politician who
joined another Freemason, Meriwether Lewis on the Lewis and Clark expedition
(1804-6), the first overland exploration of the American West and Pacific
Northwest. Clark was responsible for the careful mapmaking. He later served as
Native American agent and governor of the Missouri Territory (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
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.
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
- Actor who played
"Lt. Tragg", the police officer who was Perry Mason's nemesis.
Collodi, Carlo - Writer of 'Pinocchio'
Colt, Samuel - Firearms inventor and manufacturer. He invented
the first revolver.
Combs, Earle Bryan - Baseball Hall of Fame
Conner, W. T. - Taught theology at Southwestern Seminary
Conz, Brian - NASCAR driver, he'll pilot the car being
sponsored by the 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Masons during 2007
Coward, Charles "The Count of Auschwitz" - Camberwell Old Comrades Lodge
No. 4077, UGLE. "The Count of Auschwitz" as he would come to be known, joined
the British Army in 1937 and was captured by the Germans in 1940. He escaped a
total of nine times. He was also awarded the Israeli Peace medal; one of only
two British citizens to be so honored, the other recipient being Bro. Winston
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.
Crawford, James - Rose from the lowest ranks to the top rungs
of both the Minnesota State Patrol (Chief 1973-1979) and the US Army Reserves
(Brig. General) and then served two terms as Mayor of Forest Lake, MN.
Crosby, Norm - Comedian and entertainer best known for his
malapropisms. Always seen on the Jerry Lewis telethons for muscular dystrophy in
the US. He is a Past Master of a Lodge in Massachusetts. Has a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Crosley, Powel Jr. - Inventor, businessman, radio pioneer, and
owner of a major league baseball team, all in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Senior citizens may well remember the very popular Crosley Radio although this
Mason achieved fame in many, many areas including creation of his own automobile
company and department store chain.
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
Cushing, William - Supreme Court
George M. - 12th American Vice President, he also served as Minister to
Russia (1837-39) and to Great Britain (1856-61)
Darrah, Delmar - Stimulus, imagination and drive for the
founding of the American Passion Play, a vivid portrayal of the life of Jesus of
Nazareth, for more than four decades, one of the Midwest US's greatest religious
dramas and the forerunner of all such plays in the United States.
Daub, Hal - Mayor of Omaha, Nebraska (2001)
Dearborn, Major General Henry - Ranking US Army commander
during the War of 1812.
DeBar, Ben - One of the most famous of the early day US actors
and one of the first of prominence to play in 'talkies'.
Decroly, Ovide - Noted developer of educational psychology
Delaney, Martin - African-American abolitionist and arguably
the first proponent of American Black Nationalism. Commissioned as a Major
during the Civil War, he was the first African-American Line Field Officer in
the United States Army.
delPilar, Marcelo - The "Father of Philippine Masonry", a
lawyer who founded the first daily newspaper published in the native Tagalog
DeMille, Cecil B. - Film director. DeMille directed the first
Hollywood film, The Squaw Man, in 1914. DeMille became the creative genius
behind Paramount Pictures and was integral to Hollywood's development as the
film capitol of the world. Two of his greatest film successes were The Ten
Commandments (1923, remade 1956) and The Greatest Show on 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.
Dixon, Lt. George - Commander of the ill-fated submarine Hunley
during the US Civil War. Lt. Dixon's love of Freemasonry was shown by the
artifacts recovered when the Hunley was found.
Dole, Robert J. - Decorated Veteran, World War II; U.S.
Congressman and Senator from Kansas, 1961–96; Majority and Minority Leader, U.S.
Senate; Nominee for President of the United States 1996; Humanitarian and
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.
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 Cross
- Irish world champion
motorcyclist, best known for road racing. In 2005 he was voted the fifth
greatest motorcycling icon ever by Motorcycle News. Awarded the Order of the
British Empire for his humanitarian work with children in Romanian orphanages.
Joey was a dedicated Mason, and visited Lodges throughout the world when he was
on his travels, be it races or charity work.
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
Rufus - First postmaster west of the Mississippi River.
Ebbets, Charles H. - Owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team and
President of the National League for 27 years. He built 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 Convener 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, Sr., Dr. John Malcus - 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
Eberhard - Head of the famous Eberhard Faber Pencil Company.
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.
Fell, Jesse - An early political leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, he
was the first to successfully burn anthracite coal on an open air grate. His
method and 'discovery' in 1808 led to the widespread use of coal as the fuel
source that helped to foster America's industrial revolution. He lived in the
Fell House and Tavern until his death. The House stood until the 1980s when
Wyoming Valley Health Care demolished it to build a parking lot. The bricks used
to build the house are now in the house of Wayne Segar in Bear Creek
Pennsylvania. The grate used by Fell is in the possession of the Wyoming
Historical and Geological Society. A Past Master of Wilkes-Barre Lodge #61.
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
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 United States.
Ford, Glenn - Famous US movie actor
Ford, Henry - Invented the first gasoline powered automobile in 1893,
founded Ford Motor Company in 1903 and mass-produced the first widely available
and affordable car.
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,
- 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').
Gardiner, William Tudor - Former Governor of Maine, USA later Brigadier
General, US Army. He was one of two American soldiers to enter Rome while still
in the hands of the enemy to negotiate the Italian surrender.
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
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 facility collection.
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 Gatling gun which changed the face
of warfare but also saved many lives as it was thereafter unnecessary to field
so many men. He also invented a steam plow and numerous machines to sow seeds
and improve the lives of farmers. In 1943 a US Destroyer was named in his honor.
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
Gibbon, Edward - Writer, perhaps best known for the classic 'Decline and
Fall of the Roman Empire'.
Gilbert, Sir William S. - British playwright and lyricist known for a series
of comic operas including "H.M.S. Pinafore" and "The Pirates of Penzance"
written with composer Sir Arthur Sullivan.
Gillette, King C. - American inventor and manufacturer who developed the
safety razor and founded the Gillette Safety Razor Co.
Gilman, Benjamin A. - One of the highest ranking members in seniority, a
U.S. congressman from the 20th New York District who in 1978 was successful as a
champion of human rights.
Girard, Stephen - Born in France, he was an enormously successful
merchant, mariner and banker. He largely financed the U.S. government during the
War of 1812.
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
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.
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
- German physician and founder of homeopathy. His full name was Christian
- 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 giant.
Hancock, John - One of nine Masons - and the first
signer of the Declaration of Independence, he was President of the Continental
Congress and served nine terms as Governor of Massachusetts.
Harding, Warren G. - The 29th President of the United States.
His political appointments engaged in serious corruption leading to the "Teapot
Dome" scandal. He died in office.
Hardy, Oliver - American comedian, famous for the slapstick
abuse he inflicted upon his partner, Stan Laurel.
Harlan, John M.. - U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Harrington, Jonathan - Last survivor of the Battle of
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
Henley, Vernard W. Henley Sr. - C.E.O. and President,
Consolidated Bank and Trust Co in Richmond, Virginia, the oldest Black owned
Bank in the United States. Made a Mason at Sight in 1997 at the Annual Grand
Lodge Session held in Arlington, Va. by The Most Worshipful Grand Master Of
Henson, Matthew - Sole companion of Bro. Adm. Robert Peary when
he discovered the North Pole in 1909. He authored the book "A Negro Explorer at
the North Pole" and was honored by the White House before his death. Celestial
Lodge #3, PHA, NYC.
Herkimer, Nicholas - Brigadier General of the US Revolution
Herrmann, Alexander - "King of Magic"
Hershey, Lewis - Director of the U.S. Selective Service for 30
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, DC.
Hobbs, Herschell Harold (d. 1995). - An ordained Southern
Baptist minister for 69 years, he wrote at least 147 books and Bible
commentaries used in Southern Baptist churches. He preached more than 700
sermons on the syndicated radio program, the "Baptist Hour" between 1958 and
1978. He was president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1961-63. He was
raised a Master Mason in Siloam Lodge No. 276 in Oklahoma City at the age of 54,
which was during his first term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
He became a Scottish Rite Mason in 1966 while a preacher on the "Baptist Hour".
Hoe, Richard M. - Inventor and businessman.
Holland, Leonard - Longtime Adjutant General of the Rhode
Island National Guard
Holliday, Frank Jr. -
American motion picture actor of the 1930s.
Hoover, Frank - A brand of vacuum cleaners is named after him.
Hoover, J. Edgar - American Director of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (1924-1972). He is remembered for fighting gangsterism during the
Prohibition era (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 led the Indy Northern Light Series from start to finish.
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
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 and governor.
Humphrey, Hubert H. - US Vice President under Lyndon
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 team.
Ives, Burl -
Legendary entertainer and ballad
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
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 Boston, 1789.
Jenner, Edward - English physician. Discoverer of small pox
Johansson, Bengt - Finnish composer.
Johnson, Andrew - The 17th President of the United States, he succeeded
the assassinated Abraham Lincoln. An attempt to unseat Secretary of War Edwin
Stanton led to his impeachment on purely political grounds; he was acquitted by
Johnson, Richard M. - American Vice President under Martin
Jolson, Al - American vaudeville and film performer, whose
trademark became minstrel-style singing in blackface makeup. He starred in 'The
Jazz Singer', the first important motion 'talking' picture with synchronized
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 Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel
Peace prize for his skills in negotiating at that conference.
Jones, John Paul - Scottish born seaman, he became a naval
hero and 'Father of the U. S. Navy'. He later commanded Russian naval ships in
their war against the Ottoman Empire.
Jones, Melvin - One of the founders of the Lions International,
the international service organization.
Juarez, Benito - First Native-American President of Mexico, he
reestablished republican government
Kahanamoku, Duke - A three-time
Olympic Gold Medalist and native Hawaiian, his
Olympic career spanned a remarkable 20 years, he is generally credited with
popularizing the sport of surfing.
Kahn, Gus -
Songwriter for Broadway and Hollywood musicals. His songs include "Toot Toot
Tootsie Goodbye", "It had to be you" and "Yes Sir, That's My Baby".
Kalakaua, King David - Last monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom
Kamehameha, King (III, IV, and V) - all of whom were
Monarchs of the Hawaiian Kingdom
Kane, Elisha Kent - Polar explorer and physician
Keating, Kenneth B. - Congressman and Senator from New York,
Ambassador to India and then Israel. He died in office in 1975.
Kellar, Harry - America's premier magician from 1887 to 1908
Kelly, Oliver Hudson - Agrarian reformer and Founder of the
Kemp, Jack - US Republican Congressman from New York, Secretary of
Housing and Urban Development, and Vice Presidential candidate with Mason Bob
Kheraskov, Mikhail - Journalist, publisher and trustee of
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 military honors.
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
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 them all".
Lemon, Mark - English founder and Editor of Punch
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.
Lillie, Gordon - "Pawnee Bill" - US Frontiersman and showman,
an occasional partner to Mason "Wild Bill" Cody
Lincoln, Elmo - First actor to play 'Tarzan of the Apes'
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
Lloyd, Harold C. - Entertainer and American silent film actor
Long, Odel Squier - Clerk of the Supreme Court of West Virginia
for 30 years.
Lord, John Wesley - Bishop, United Methodist Church
Lott, Trent - US Senator from Mississippi and former Senator
Loving, Oliver -
"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 1900s.
MacArthur, General Douglas
- A former US Chief of Staff, he commanded the Allied Forces in the South
Pacific during World War II. He promised the Filipino people "I shall return" to
save them from the occupying Japanese Forces. He was ultimately removed from
military leadership by another Mason, President Harry S. Truman.
MacDonald, Sir John A.
- The first Prime Minister of the Dominion of Canada (1867-1873 and 1878-1891
when he died in office). Began the creation of rail service across Canada.
MacLean, John B.
- Founder of MacLeans Magazine.
- 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.
Majors, Alexander - One of the three founders of the short-lived but
famed Pony Express in the United States, each rider was required to take an oath
to clean living and honesty. Its inspiration is immediately familiar to Masons.
"You will raise your arm to a level square and repeat after me:...." Those
participating in the annual reenactment are required to take a nearly identical
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.
- First amputee firefighter in California history.
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.
- 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 Peace Prize.
Marshall, James W.
- Discovered Gold at Sutter's Mill California 1848
- A former Grand Master of his Grand Lodge (Virginia), he served as Chief
Justice U.S. Supreme Court 1801 - 1835 and firmly established the judiciary
branch of US government.
- 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.
- 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-Ferguson farm equipment
- US Supreme Court Justice
Mayer, Louis B.
- Film producer who merged to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Maynard, David S. "Doc"
- Pioneer settler doctor who named the city of Seattle,
Washington. He helped create the Washington Territory.
Mayo, Dr. Charles
- One of the brothers who began the world-famous Mayo Clinic, recognized as the
first 'medical group practice' in the United States.
- 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
McCall, Abner V.
- President, Chancellor and President-Emeritus of Baylor University in Texas, he
also served as the First Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention
(1979-80) and a long-time leader of the Organization of Baptist Colleges and
Universities. He wrote "In thousands of meetings of Freemasons and of Baptists
stretching back 60 years, I have seen nothing that made my belief and work in
the Fraternity of Freemasons incompatible with my belief and work as a member of
a Southern Baptist church."
McCarthy, Glenn H.
- Famous Houston oilman, known as "king of the wildcatters"; built the Shamrock
Hotel and was the basis for the character of Jett Rink played by James Dean in
the 1956 film "Giant"."
- Confederate General who died while attending his lodge meeting in Little Rock,
McCoy, Clyde L.
- Inventor of the wah-wah- trumpet and talented musical arranger.
- Was a surgeon in the American Revolution and private secretary to Generals
Washington and Lafayette.
Maryland, of "Star Spangled Banner" fame was named after this U.S. Secretary of
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.
- 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.
- Editor-in-Chief, The Christian Science Monitor.
McLemore, Richard A.
- President of Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi.
- One of the world's foremost Wagnerian tenors.
- 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
- 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.
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
Mercherle, George Jacob
- Founder of State Farm Insurance
Mesmer, Franz Anton
- practiced Mesmerism, the precursor of hypnosis in modern psychotherapy.
- 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).
- US Senator and Supreme Court Justice from 1949-1956.
Mitchell, Edgar D.
- US Astronaut who flew on the Apollo 14 mission.
- Champion rodeo rider, soldier and cowboy, he stared in over 400 western films
- Serbian composer (1856-1914)
- Founder of Molson Breweries.
- 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.
- 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
- Well known Baptist pastor in Southeastern New Mexico until his death in 1992
at the age of 103.
- Lawyer, educator, 'Poet Laureate of Masonry', and founder of the Order of the
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.
- 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
Murrow, Joseph Samuel
- Southern Baptist Home Missionary and the 'Founder of Freemasonry in Oklahoma',
he is said to have established more than 100 churches.
- Canadian-born American sports educator who invented the game of basketball.
- Russian journalist who debated with Tzarina Ekaterina the Great and a
publisher who published more books than ever before in history.
Neilsen, Neils F. F. Jr.
- For decades, Brother Neilsen fought to preserve the 'Old Man of the Mountain',
the state symbol of New Hampshire. This huge granite formation is emblazoned on
articles throughout New Hampshire. He was honored by being named
'Caretaker-Emeritus' of the monument. Sadly, in 2003 despite the many years and
untold hours of labor to ensure that the elements would not destroy the
monument, the 'Old Man' after standing in place for untold millennia, collapsed
and broke apart.
- Supreme Court Justice
New, Harry S.
- Postmaster General of the United States who established Airmail
- 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.
- 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
- American Navy and first Commander of the famous frigate, U.S.S. Constitution.
Nickerson, Lt Gen Herman Jr., USMC
- Former Commanding General, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and
Commander of I-Corps theater of operations in Vietnam
- Respected former U.S. Senator from Georgia. For seven years, he chaired the
Armed Services Committee.
O'Bannon, Pressley Neville
- As a U.S. Marine Lieutenant and Mason, he placed the first 'Stars & Stripes'
on foreign soil in defense of US national interests. His heroic achievement was
the basis for the line in the Marine Corps hymn, "...to the shores of Tripoli."
- the Liberator of Chile. Educated in England but returned to his country to
lead them in their fight for independence from Spain.
Olds, Ransom E.
- American automobile inventor and manufacturer. Founded the Olds Motor Company
which produced the Oldsmobile.
- 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 Freemason.
- American Revolutionary politician and publicist. Famous for "Taxation without
Representation is Tyranny"
- Top U.S. country singer and songwriter.
- Golf Professional who for years set the example to make golf a 'gentlemen's'
Papst, Charles F.
- Coined the term "Athletes Foot"
- In 2002, he was elected minority leader of the New York State Senate, the
first non-white legislative leader in New York’s history. In 2004 in Boston, he
became the first visually impaired person to address a Democratic National
Convention. And 2006 saw Mr. Paterson make history again by being elected New
York’s first African-American lieutenant governor. With the resignation of the
Governor, Bro. Paterson became Governor of New York in March, 2008.
Peale, Rev. Norman Vincent
- American cleric, founder of "Guidepost", and known for his famous book, "The
Power of Positive Thinking"
Peary, Admiral Robert E.
- First man to reach the North Pole (1909)
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- US Senator from Florida, he was an active supporter of rights for senior
citizens and when he died in 1989 he was the oldest man ever to serve in
- Legendary Maine humorist, Joe is a storyteller, speaker, writer and actor.
He's also a Past Master of his lodge in Maine.
- 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 Black".
- 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.
- One of the three Confederate generals who attacked the Union lines at the US
Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, the famous 'Pickett's Charge' is named after
- Pioneer, explorer, Confederate General, he re-wrote the rituals of the US
Southern 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.
- Popular American actor, well-known for his "Balki Bartokamous" character in
the television series 'Perfect Strangers' which ran from 1986-1993. He also
starred in a mini-series of Stephen King's 'The Langoliers' as the murderous
Toomey and continues to accumulate film credits and plaudits. Became a Mason in
Harford Lodge #445, Pennsylvania in December, 2002.
- US Congressman and later Supreme Court Justice
Poinsett, Joel R.
- First U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and an amateur botanist who developed the
Polk, James Knox
- Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Governor of Tennessee and
eleventh President of the U.S.
- 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'.
- 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.
Potter, Henry Codman - Anglican Bishop of New York 1887-1908.
- 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.
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeyvich
- Famous Russian poet and author who, among other works, wrote "Boris Godunov".
- 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.
- 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 Freemasonry.
Quitman, John Anthony
- Legislator, Governor or Mississippi and US Congressman, he served as Grand
Master of Masons
- U.S. Democratic Congressman from New York
Rašín, Dr. Alois
- Resistance fighter and Czech Republic economist. The first act of Czech law is
in his handwriting. In 1923, Rašín was to become the first Czechoslovak victim
of communist terror.
Reed, Stanley F.
- US Supreme Court Justice (1938-1957)
Reilly, John Good "Long John"
- Professional US baseball player for Cincinnati 1880-1891.
- 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 Massachusetts.
Rhodes, Elisha Hunt
- If you saw filmmaker Ken Burns' epic production 'The Civil War', you
are surely familiar with this name! Brother Rhodes diary was one of the chief
sources quoted throughout and in it, he speaks of an incident at Gettysburg
where he witnessed Union soldiers retrieve the body of a 'Rebel' and give it a
proper burial because they had determined that he was a brother Mason. Rhodes
states that he did not understand these actions but within a year he joined the
fraternity while on leave in Rhode Island and in 1892-1893 was Grand Master of
the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island.
- The talented actor most popularly known as "Kramer" from the Seinfeld
television series. In November, 2006, he exploded in a racist rant that has
received unfavorable publicity around the world.
- 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.
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.
- American aviator who was the most decorated combat pilot of World War I and
later became president of Eastern Airlines.
- 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.
- All 7 of these famous Circus brothers and their father were Masons.
- "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.
- Actor and beloved Humorist; noted for his wry, homespun commentary on society
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 America (1952).
Roosevelt, Franklin D.
- Governor of New York and 32nd President of the United States, he was the only
US president to be reelected four 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.
- 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.
Rudolph, Donald E. Sr.
- US Medal of Honor recipient - the highest award for military valor given by
the United States - for heroic action during action in the Philippines during
World War II. He was a member of Minnesota Chapter #25 National Sojourners until
his death in May, 2006.
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).
Creator of Bambi
- Three term Governor of Massachusetts and US Senator for 21 years.
Sanders, 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 Capital.
- 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
- 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.
Sayers, 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 II
Schalk, Ray (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
- Part of the best-known two-man vaudeville singing team of Van
Schmidt, Milton C. "Milt"
- Professional Hockey Player; awarded the national Hockey League's highest award
"The Hart Trophy - Most Valuable Player" 1951.
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
Schmitt, George J.
- Chicago business magnate.
Schmuck, Elmer N.
- Episcopal priest, he served as Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Wyoming from
1929 until his death in 1936.
- Founder of "The Builder".
Schumer, Charles E.
- Senior U.S. Senator from the State of New York, he'd previously served 18
years in the US House of Representatives
Scott, Sir Walter
- Novelist and poet, his journal is an important record of the times in which he
- Chief Controller, Italian Treasury Department.
- American film actor. Seen in 'Joan of Arc' (1948) and Donovan's
- 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
- Finnish composer whose symphonic poems reflect a romantic and intensely
nationalistic approach to music. One of his most famous pieces is the tone poem,
Finlandia (1899). Brother Sibelius composed a whole ritual music
covering all degree work in Craft Lodges (Opus 113, Musique Religieuse) and is
the only complete ritual music for organs and vocalist.
Simcoe, John Graves
- Hero of the Revolutionary War, Founder of Ontario and Lieutenant Governor of
Upper Canada, Canadians annually celebrate Simcoe Day in August.
- U. S. House of Representatives 2000. Formerly Connecticut State
- 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.
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 Forever".
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 greatest
- Presently a Member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Served as Grand Master
for the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia 1994-1996.
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). If you are not reading this material at masonicinfo.com then it has
been stolen in violation of copyright laws. 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.
Stafford, Robert T.
- United States Senator from Vermont, he never lost an election
in a career that spanned 41 years and touched every rung in the political ladder
in Vermont, a feat not matched since. His contribution to education while in the
Senate resulted in the Stafford Loan program which bears his name.
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 Eisenhower's cabinet.
- United States Senator from Mississippi from 1947 to 1988. He was replaced in
this office by another Mason, Trent Lott.
Stephens, William D.
- Mayor of Los Angeles, Congressman and Governor of California 1917-1927.
- Supreme Court Associate Justice (1959-1981)
Still, Andrew T.
- American physician who devised treatment of Osteopathy.
- American motion picture actor of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.
Stotz, Carl E.
- One of the three founders of Little League Baseball, it has grown into the
world's largest organized youth program.
- 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.
- 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 second
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 efforts in the liberation 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
- Clergyman and satirist, he wrote Gulliver's Travels
Switzer, Carl "Alfalfa"
- Child actor star of the "Little Rascals" series
- 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 the U.S.
- 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
- Noted Black Abolitionist whose basement served as a way station on the
- Father of the U. S. Military Academy - West Point
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
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.
- 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, George Henry
- US Civil War Major General, he was known as "the Rock of Chickamauga" but has
been given short shrift by history.
- Firebrand of the American Revolution and founder of the American Antiquarian
Society, he served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
- 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.
- Noted Danish sculptor
Thurmond, J. M.
- Mayor of Dallas, Texas 1879-1880.
- The longest-serving United States Senator
- Top magician in the U.S. from 1908 until his death in 1936
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.
- Supreme Court Justice (1807-1826)
Tompkins, Daniel D.
- Vice President of the United States, his bust is in the Senate wing of the
Trachtenberg, Stephen J.
- President, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Travis, Colonel William B.
- American military leader who commanded the Texans who died in defense of the
- 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 Alliance.
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.
Van Hollen, J. B.
- Attorney General of Wisconsin & Grand Master of Masons in Wisconsin (2007)
Vinson, Frederick M.
- American Jurist who served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from
Voltaire - François-Marie Arouet - French Enlightenment essayist and
philosopher. A Mason for less than two months.
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 officer.
Wagner, John Honus
- "The Flying Dutchman", he is considered the greatest shortstop in the history
- 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.
- 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 research) Society.
Wallace, Henry A.
- Vice President of the United States, 1941-1945. Author of many books on both
agriculture and politics including 'Statesmanship & Religion' and 'Whose
Wallace, Lewis (Lew)
- 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.
– Lt Col, Confederate Army he was the first Master of Eastern
Star Lodge in Louisiana and served as a District Deputy Grand Master. Killed in
- 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 world."
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
- 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.
- 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.
- First man to swim the English Channel (1875).
- Mayor of Denver, Colorado.
- 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
Wescott, Joseph H.
- Former Deputy Commissioner, Pennsylvania State Police (retired 2000).
- President of Baylor University 1948-1961; Executive Secretary and later
President of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
- 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, Charles P. ("Pa")
- Father of Laura Ingalls who immortalized him and her family in her books. Like
"Pa", "Ma Ingalls" and sister Carrie were members of the Eastern Star as was
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.
- 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 Texas.
- American painter famous stylized realism and "American Gothic"
- Governor of New Hampshire, US Senator, Secretary of the Navy, Secretary of the
Treasury and Supreme Court Justice. Woodbury County Iowa is named for him.
Woods, William B.
- American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from
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)
- 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.
- Movie actor and comedian, he introduced "Carmel Comedy Caravan".
- Led the pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to Utah.
- 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.
- Former United Nation's Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
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
- His Ziegfeld's Follies began in 1907.