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Some Well-known Masons

U.S. Presidents

George Washington

James Monroe

Andrew Jackson

James Polk

James Garfield

James Buchanan

Andrew Johnson

William McKinley

Theodore Roosevelt

Howard Taft

Warren Harding

Franklin Roosevelt

Harry Truman

Gerald Ford


James Bowie, Alamo fame

Joseph Brant, Chief of the Mohawks 1742 - 1807

Benjamin Franklin - St. John's Lodge Philadelphia, PA;
1 of 13 Masonic signers of Constitution of the U.S.

Buffalo Bill Cody, pioneer, Wild West Show

Davey Crockett, American Frontiersman and Alamo fame

Christopher "Kit" Carson, frontiersman, scout and explorer

John Hancock, 1 of 9 Masonic signers of Declaration of Independance

Patrick Henry, patriot

Sam Houston, 2nd &4th President of the Republic of Texas

Francis Scott Key, wrote U.S. National Anthem

Marquis de Lafayette, supporter of American Freedom

Paul Revere, patriot and Grand Master of Massachusetts


Edwin E.Aldrin, astronaut

Roald Amundsen

Admiral Richard E. Byrd, flew over North Pole

Lewis and Clark

John Glenn, astronaut and US Senator - Concord Lodge No.688 Concord, OH

Virgil "Gus" Grissom, astronaut

Charles Lindbergh, aviator

Robert E. Peary, first man to reach the North Pole (1909)

Zebulon Pike, Pike's Peak is named after him


General Omar Bradley - West Point Lodge No.877, NY

Lord Cornwallis

General James Doolittle, Air Force Pilot

Viscount Jellicoe

Lord Kitchener

Curtis Lemay

George C. Marshall

Gen. Douglas MacArthur - Manila Lodge No.1 Phillipines

Lord Mountbatten

Audie Murphy, most decorated American Soldier of WWII

Lord Nelson

John Paul Jones, Naval Commander

John Pershing

Eddie Rickenbacker, great American Air Force ace

Field Marshal Suvorov

Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, German Naval officer responsible for submarine warfare

Duke of Wellington

Business and Government

John Jacob Astor, financier. - W.M. Holland Lodge No.8 (1798)

Stephen F. Austin, Father of Texas

Robert E. B. Baylor, Founder Baylor University

Hugo L. Black, Supreme Court Justice

John Blair, Jr., Supreme Court Justice

Samuel Blatchford, Supreme Court Justice

Thomas Bradley, mayor of Los Angeles

Walter P. Chrysler, founder Chrysler Motors

Andre Citroen, founder Citroen Motor Car Co.

Robert J. Dole, US Senator - Russell Lodge No. 177, Russell, Kansas

William O. Douglas, Supreme Court Justice

Edward VII - King of England

Edward VIII - King of England

Medgar W. Evers, civil rights leader

Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company

George VI - King of England during W.W. II

King C. Gillett, Gillett Razor Co.

Barry M. Goldwater, US Senator. (Arizona Lodge No. 2, Phoenix, May 12, 1931)

Rev. Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader

John H. Johnson, publisher Ebony and Jet Magazines

Aga Khan III, statesman

Fiorella H. La Guardia, Mayor of New York 1930s & 40s

John Marshall, Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court 1801 - 1835

Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice

Stanley Mathews, Supreme Court Justice

Ransom E. Olds, American automobile pioneer

J.C. Penney, department store founder

Fredrick Maytag, Maytag appliances

George Jacob Mecherle, founder, State Farm Insurance

John Molson, founder Molson Breweries

Joel R. Poinsett, USA Secretary of War, Master: Solomon's Lodge No. 1, Charleston

Baron Nathan Mayer Rothschild - Initiated Oct. 24, 1802: Emulation Lodge No. 12, London

Col. Harland Sanders, Kentucky Fried Chicken

Morris Sachs, Sachs 5th Ave.

Carl B. Stokes, mayor of Cleveland

Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's Restaurants

Andrew Young, mayor of Atlanta, Georgia

Whitney M. Young, director of National Urban League

Education and Literature

Robert Burns

Casanova, Italian adventurer, writer, and entertainer

Sir Winston Churchill

Carlo Collodi, author of Pinocchio

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

W.E.B. DuBois, educator & scholar

Edward Gibbon, historian, Initiated Dec. 19, 1774, Lodge of Friendship No. 3

Alex Haley

Rudyard Kipling

Norman Vincent Peale - Midwood Lodge No. 1062, Brooklyn, NY. May 31, 1898

Alexander Pope

Aleksander Pushkin, Russian poet

Felix Salten, creator of Bambi

William Shakespeare

Sir Walter Scott

Leland Stanford, founded Stanford University and drove the gold spike linking the intercontinental railroad

Jonathan Swift

Mark Twain

Booker T. Washington, educator & author - Grand Master, Massachusetts, PHA

Oscar Wilde

Scientists and Inventors

Samuel Colt, Colt Firearms

Erasmus Darwin (1732-1802) physician and botonist.
Initiated at St. David's Lodge No. 36, Edinburgh in 1754

Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), inventor of penicillin

Sir Sandford Fleming (1827-1915), creator of first Canadian stamp and standard time

Edward Jenner (1749-1823), physician, discoverer of smallpox vaccine

C.W. Mayo, founder of Mayo Clinic

William James Mayo (1861-1939), surgeon

Charles Horace Mayo (1865-1939), surgeon

Karl A. Menninger, psychiatrist famous for treating mental illness

Franz Anton Mesmer, practiced Mesmerism which led to Hypnotism

Jacques and Joseph Montgolfier, inventors of the hot air balloon

Jacob Perkins (1766-1849), mechanical engineer and inventor;
printed first penny postage stamp in 1840

David Sarnoff, father of T.V. (RCA)

James F. Smathers, inventor of the electric typewriter, Gate City Lodge No 522, Kansas City.

James Watt (1736-1819) inventor of the steam engine. Initiated 1763.


Sir Joseph Banks, designed Kew Gardens, London

Gutzon Borglum, Mount Rushmore

Frederick Bartholdi, Statue of Liberty

Alexander Eiffel, designer of the Eiffel Tower

James Hoban, architect for the U.S. Capitol

Alphonse Mucha - Initiated 1898, Paris, founder of Czech Freemasonry

James Smithson, founder Smithsonian Institute

Christopher Wren, St. Pauls Cathedral, Lodge of Antiquity No. 2, London (attributed)


Johann Christian Bach

Irving Berlin - Munn Lodge No.190 New York City, NY

Ludwig van Beethoven

George M. Cohen

Gilbert & Sullivan

W.C. Handy

Franz Haydn

Jerome Kern

Franz Liszt

Wolfgang Mozart

Antoine Joseph Sax, invented the Saxophone (1846)

Hans Schuler

Jean Julius Sibelius

John Phillip Sousa

Eddy Arnold

Roy Acuff

Rex Allen

Gene Autry - Catoosa Lodge No. 185, Catoosa, Oklahoma: 1927

Roy Clark

Jim Davis

Ferlin Husky

Burl Ives

Eddy Peabody

Tex Ritter

Jimmy Rodgers

Roy Rogers - Hollywood Lodge No. 355, Hollywood. 1946

Mel Tillis

Hank Thompson

William "Count" Basie - Wisdom Lodge No. 102, Chicago

Eubie Blake

Nat King Cole - Waller Lodge No.49, Los Angeles, CA Prince Hall

Duke Ellington

Lionel Hampton

Al Jolson

Tony Martin

Oscar Peterson

Paul Whiteman


Bud Abbott

Eddie Albertson

Cliff Arquette - Ravenwood Lodge No.777, Chicago

Ernest Borgnine

Wallace Beery

Mel Blanc

Eddie Cantor

Charles Correll (Amos) - Trio Lodge No. 57, Chicago

Freeman Gosden (Andy) - Petersburg Lodge No. 15, VA

William DeBeck - North Shore Lodge No. 936, Chicago

Cecil B. DeMille, actor, playwright, director. Prince of Orange Lodge No. 16, New York.

Douglas Fairbanks

Glenn Ford


Hoot Gibson

Clark Gable - Beverly Hills Lodge No.528 CA

Harold Gray - Lombard Lodge No. 1098, Lombard, IL

Oliver Hardy

Jean Hersholt

Harry Houdini, Initiated Aug 21, 1923, St. Cecile Lodge No. 568, New York

Buck Jones

Emmott Kelly

Wayne King - Paul Revere Lodge No. 998

Harold Lloyd

Louis B. Mayer, film producer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Harpo Marx

Tom Mix, U.S. Marshal turned actor; stared in over 400 western films

Conrad Nagel

Carroll O'Connor

Tyrone Power

Dick Powell

Richard Pryor - Henry Brown Lodge No. 22, Peoria, IL

Ringling Brothers, all 7 brothers and their father were Masons

Roy Rogers, American cowboy and screen star

Will Rogers

Charles "Chic" Sale - Urbana Lodge N0. 157, Urbana, IL

Red Skelton (33Ð)

Peter Sellers

Frank Skinner - Benevolent lodge No.52, Meredosia, IL

Charles "Tom Thumb" Stratton

Danny Thomas

Lewis Wallace, wrote "Ben Hur"

Hal Brent Wallis - Prudence Lodge No. 958, Chicago

Jack Warner - Warner Brothers

John Wayne

Billy Wilder

Chill Wills

Jonathan Winters

William Wyler, director of "Ben Hur"

Ed Wynn

Allan Young, (Mr. Ed)

Darryl F. Zanuck, co-founder of 20th Century Productions in 1933

Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., his Ziegfeld's Follies began in 1907 - Accordia Lodge No.277


Arnold "Red" Auerbach

George Brent

Avery Bundage

Ty Cobb - Royston Lodge No.426 Detroit, MI

Jack Dempsey - Kenwood Lodge No.800 Chicago, IL

Jake Gaudaur

Rogers Hornsby, an original member of the Baseball Hall of Fame

Tim Horton

Jack Johnston

Willie Mays

James A. Naismith, inventor of basketball

Arnold Palmer

Scottie Pippin, Chicago Bulls

Branch Rickey

Sugar Ray Robinson

Cy Young

Scientists and Inventors
Education and Literature
Business and Government
U.S. Presidents
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