Famous Masons


Aldrin, Edwin E. "Buzz"
Armstrong, Neil
Cooper, Gordon
Glenn, John H. - First American to orbit the earth/U.S. Senator
Grissom, Virgil
Irwin, Jim
Schirra, Wally


Bellamy, Rev. Francis - Authored U.S. Pledge of Allegiance
Burns, Robert - The National Poet of Scotland
Casanova - Italian Adventurer, writer and entertainer
Clemens, Samuel L. - Mark Twain - writer
Collodi, Carlo - Writer of Pinocchio
Doyle, Sir Author Conan - Writer - Sherlock Holmes
Fortune, Timothy Thomas - Journalist
Gibbon, Edward - Writer - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Gray, Harold Lincoln - Creator of "Little Orphan Annie"
Henson, Josiah - Inspired the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Johnson, John H. - Publisher EBONY and Jet magazines
Kipling, Rudyard - Writer
Pushkin, Aleksander - Russian Poet
Salten, Felix - Creator of Bambi
Scott, Sir Walter - Writer
Sexson, W. Mark - Founder of Rainbow Girls, Masonic historian/author/researcher
Shakespeare, William - Writer
Swift, Johathan - Wrote Gulliver's Travels
Tolstoi, Leo - Author
Voltaire - French writer and philosopher
Wallace, Lewis - Wrote "Ben Hur"
Wells, H. G. - Author
Williamson, Harry A. - Author/Masonic historian


Chrysler, Walter P. - Automotive fame
Citroen, Andre - French Engineer and motor car manufacturer
Ford, Henry - Pioneer Automobile Manufacturer
Nash, Charles - Automobile industry
Olds, Ransom E. - American automobile pioneer


Bell, Lawrence - Bell Aircraft Corp.
Lindbergh, Charles - Aviator
New, Harry S. - Postmaster General who established Airmail


Churchill, Sir Winston - British Leader
Edward VII - King of England
Edward VIII - King of England who abdicated the throne in less than 1 year
George VI - King of England during W.W. II


Grock - Swiss Circus Clown
Ringling Brothers - All 7 brothers and their father were Masons.
Wallenda, Enrico - Circus legend


Armstrong, Louis - Jazz Musician
Atkins, Chet - Musician
Bellamy, Francis - Wrote The Pledge of Alligance
Blake, James Herbert "Eubie" - Composer/pianist
Hampton, Lionel - Orchestra leader/composer
Handel, George Fredrick - Composer
Handy, William C. - Composer "Father of the Blues"
Haydn, Franz Joseph F. - Composer and Musician
Ives, Burle - Musician
Key, Francis Scott - Wrote Star Spangled Banner
Miller, Glenn - Musician
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Composer
Sax, Antoine Joseph - Invented the Saxophone (1846)
Sibelius, Jean - Composer (Finland)
Smith, John Stafford - Wrote the music that became the U.S. National Anthem.
Tillis, Mel - Musician
Whiteman, Paul - "King of Jazz"


Hawkins, Augustus F. - California
Rangel, Charles B. - New York
Stokes, Louis - Ohio


Bartholdi, Frederic A. - Designed the Statue of Liberty
Borglum, Gutzon & Lincoln - Father and Son who carved Mt. Rushmore
Colt, Samuel - Firearms inventor
Desaguliers, John Theophilus - Inventor of the planetarium
Fitch, John - Inventor of the Steamboat
Gatling, Richard J. - Built the "Gatling Gun"
Guillotin, Joseph Ignace - Inventor of the "Guillotin"
Hoban, James - Architect for the U.S. White House
Hoe, Richard M. - Invented the rotary press, revolutionizing newspaper printing
Lake, Simon - Built first submarine successful in open sea
Montgolfier, Jacques Etienne - Co-developer of the first practical hot-air balloon


Baylor, Robert E. B. - Founder Baylor University
DuBois, W.E.B. - Educator/scholar
Mays, Benjamin - Educator/former president Atlanta University
Pound, Roscoe - Former Dean, Harvard Law School
Rhodes, Cecil - "Rhodes Scholarship"
Stanford, Leland - Railroads & Stanford University
Washington, Booker T. - Educator and author


Autry, Gene - Actor
Berlin, Irving - Entertainer
Borgnine, Ernest - Actor
Cain, Michael - Actor
Casanova - Italian Adventurer, writer and entertainer
Clark, Roy - Country Western Star
Cohan, George M. - Broadway star
DeMille, Cecil B. - Movie director
Disney, Walt - Cartoonist/movies
Fairbanks, Douglas - Silent film actor
Fields, W.C. - Actor
Gable, Clark - Actor
Gilbert, Sir William S. - Was the libretis for "Pirates of Penzance"
Godfrey, Arthur - Radio and early television personality
Hardy, Oliver - Actor - Comedian
Harvey, Paul - Radio personality
Hope, Bob - Comedian
Houdini, Harry - Magician
Jolson, Al - Acted in the first 'talking picture,' The Jazz Singer
Keaton, Buster - Movie pioneer
Lincoln, Elmo - First actor to play Tarzan of the Apes (1918)
Lloyd, Harold C. - Entertainer
Mayer, Louis B. - Film producer - formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Mix, Tom - U.S. Marshal turned actor - Starred in over 400 western films
Rogers, Roy - American cowboy and screen star
Rogers, Will - Actor
Sarnoff, David - Father of T.V.
Sellers, Peter - Actor
Skelton, Red - Entertainer
Stratton, Charles "Tom Thumb" - Entertainer
Warner, Jack - Warner Brothers Fame
Wayne, John - Actor
Williams, Egbert Austin "Bert" - Actor/ comedian
Wyler, William - Director of "Ben Hur"
Zanuck, Darryl F. - Co-founder of 20th Century Productions in 1933
Ziegfeld, Florenz - His Ziegfeld's Follies began in 1907


Carson, Christopher "Kit"
Clark, William
Henson, Matthew
Lewis, Meriwether
Peary, Robert E. - First man to reach the North Pole (1909)


Abbott, Robert Sengstacke - "Chicago Defender"
Beard, Daniel Carter - Boy Scouts
Bell, Lawrence - Bell Aircraft Corp.
Dow, William H. - Dow Chemical Co.
Dunant, Jean Henri - Red Cross
Faber, Eberhard - Eberhard Faber Pencil Company
Gillette, King C. - Gillette Razor Co.
Hedges, Cornelius - "Father" of Yellowstone National Park
Hilton, Charles C. - American Hotelier
Hoover, Frank - Vacuum cleaner fame
Jones, Melvin - One of the founders of the Lions International
Land, Frank S. - Order of DeMolay
Lipton, Sir Thomas - Tea
Maytag, Fredrick - Maytag
Peale, Norman Vincent - "Guidepost"
Penney, James C. - Retailer
Retief, Piet - Afrikaans leader and one of the founders of the South African nation
Sanders, Harland "Colonel" - Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants
Schoonover, George - "The Builder"
Teets, John W. - Chairman and President of Dial Corporation
Thomas, Dave - Wendy's Restaurants


Carnahan, Melvin - Missouri
Freeman, Orville - Minnesota and secretary of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Thompson, Tommy - Wisconsin
Wallace, George C. - Alabama


Bradley, Thomas - Los Angeles, California
Stokes, Carl B. - Cleveland, OH
Young, Andrew - Atlanta, GA


Fleming, Sir Alexander - Discovered Penicillin
Jenner, Edward - Inventor - Vaccination for Small Pox
Mayo, Dr. William and Charles - Began Mayo Clinic
Menninger, Karl A. - Psychiatrist famous for treating mental illness
Papst, Charles F. - Coined the term "Athletes Foot"
Still, Andrew T. - American Physician who devised Osteopathy treatment


Arnold, General Henry "Hap" - Commander of the Army Air Force
Byrd, Admiral Richard E. - Flew over North Pole
Bradley, Omar N. - Military leader
Doolittle, General James - Famous Army Air Corps Pilot
James, Daniel "Chappie" - General U.S. Air Force
Jones, John Paul - Naval Commander
Knox, Henry - Revolutionary War General
MacArthur, General Douglas - Commander of Armed Forces in Philipines
Murphy, Audie - Most decorated American Soldier of WWII.
Pershing, John Joseph - Decorated American Soldier
Rickenbacker, Eddie - Great American Army Air Corps "Ace"
Sousa, John Philip - Led the U.S. Marine Band from 1880 - 1892
Tirpitz, Alfred Von - German Naval officer responsible for submarine warfare
Travis, Colonel William B. - Alamo
Warren, Joseph - Revolutionary War General - "Martyr of Bunker Hill"


Abbott, Sir John J.C. - 1891-92
Bennett, Viscount R.B. - 1930-35
Borden, Sir Robert L. - 1911-1920
Bowell, Sir Mackenzie - 1894-96
Diefenbaker, John G. - 1957-63
MacDonald, Sir John A. - 1867-73 & 1878-91


Allen, Richard - Founder/first bishop AME Church
Bellamy, Rev. Francis - Authored U.S. Pledge of Allegiance
Booth, Rev. William - Founder of the Salvation Army
Calvo, Father Francisco - Catholic Priest who started Freemasonry in Costa Rica 1865
Fisher, Geoffrey - Archbishop of Canterbury 1945 - 1961
Newton, Joseph Fort - Christian Minister
Poinsett, Joel R. - U.S. Minister to Mexico who developed the flower: Poinsettia


Bryan, Richard
Burns, Conrad
Byrd, Robert
Dole, Robert
Ervin Jr, Samual J. - Headed "Watergate" committee
Glenn, John H. - Also First American to orbit the earth
Goldwater, Barry
Grassley, Charles
Hatfield, Mark
Helms, Jesse
Hollings, Ernest
Johnston, Jr. , J. Bennett
Kemp, Jack - Also a sports hero
Lott, Trent
Nunn, Sam
Simpson, Alan
Thomas, Craig
Thurmond, Strom


Franklin, Benjamin - 1 of 13 Masonic signers


Ellery, William - 1 of 9 Masonic signers
Hancock, John - 1 of 9 Masonic signers
Rush, Benjamin - 1 of 9 Masonic signers

Of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence, the following were known to be members of a Masonic lodge:
Franklin, Benjamin - 1 of 13 Masonic signers of Constitution of the U.S. member of St. John's Lodge, Tun Tavern,
                                         Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Past Provincial Grand Master of Pennsylvania.
Gerry, Elbridge - member of Philanthropic Lodge, Marblehead, Massachusetts.
Hancock, John - made a Master Mason, at the age of 23, in 1760, in Merchants Lodge No. 1, Quebec City, the first civilian Lodge
                                         established in Canada after the Conquest. In 1763, he went to Boston, Massachusetts, where he affiliated
                                         with St. Andrew's Lodge.
Hooper, William - member of Hanover Lodge, Masonborough, North Carolina.
Stockton, Richard - charter member, and first Master of St. John's Lodge, Princeton, New Jersey.
Thorton, Matthew - made a Mason in a Lodge attached to a British Regiment of Foot during the Siege of Louisburg, Canada, in 1745,
                                         serving in a New Hampshire Colonial Regiment as a surgeon. Baron Von Steuben, while at Valley Forge,
                                         is said to have conferred the higher Degrees on him and to have been the only Signer who attained the 32nd
                                         Degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite.
Walton, George - member of Solomons Lodge No. 1, Savannah, Georgia.
Whipple, William - member of St. Johnžs Lodge No. 1, Portsmouth, New Jersey.

The following named Signers have been referred to as members of the Fraternity by various Masonic writers, and in Masonic publications, but their Lodge affiliation is not known:

Sherman, Roger - claimed to have been made a Mason prior to the American Revolution. A Masonic Apron said to be worn by
                                         him is in the collection at Yale University.
Bartlett, Josiah - one so named is listed as a charter member of King Solomon's Lodge, Charlestown, Massachusetts. Descendants,
                                         however, say he was not a member of the Craft. There is doubt that this Bartlett is the signer, and records
                                         of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts do not show his Lodge affiliation.
Livingston, Philip - often referred to as a Mason, but this is open to debate. Records of the Grand Lodge of New York do not disclose
                                         his name. Several members, named Livingston, are noted in the records of Holland Lodge No. 8, New York City,
                                         New York.
Hewes, Joseph - Records of Unanimity Lodge No. 7, Edenton, North Carolina, show his name as a visitor on St. John's Day,
                                         December, 1776.
Paine, Robert Treat - member of a Massachusetts Lodge. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts records do not show his affiliation.
                                         He was said to be present at the celebration of St. John's Day, Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, in June, 1759.
Mc Kean, Thomas - noted as a frequent visitor to Perseverance Lodge No. 2l, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The McKean genealogy has
                                         stated he was a Mason, although his name is not found on the records of the Grand Lodge of Delaware,
                                         which was not organized until the close of the American Revolution. A brother, Samuel McKean, was a
                                         member of the Fraternity.
Penn, John - known to have attended Lodges in North Carolina, but his Masonic affiliation is not known.
Hall, Lyman - claimed to have been a member of Solomons Lodge No. 1, Savannah, Georgia.
Ellery, William - claimed as a member of a Lodge in Boston, Massachusetts.
Nelson, Jr., Thomas - claimed to have visited Lodge No. 9, Yorktown, Virginia, after the Siege of that place was lifted in the
                                         Revolutionary War, accompanied by Lafayette and Washington.

Absence of definite proof of the Masonic affiliation of the Signers named in the foregoing paragraphs, precludes the possibility of knowing. This is also the case with Thomas Jefferson; John Adams; Benjamin Rush, Robert Morris; John Witherspoon; George Wythe; Francis Lightfoot Lee; Richard Henry Lee, and others. Caesar Rodney, of Delaware fame, had a son Caesar Augustus Rodney - a member of the Craft. George Read, another Signer from Delaware, had a son - George M. Read - who was Grand Master of Pennsylvania. Samuel Huntington had a son who was Grand Master of Ohio.


Brundridge, Avery - Olympic Committee
Cobb, Ty - Baseball Player
Combs, Earle Bryan - Baseball Hall of Fame
Dempsey, Jack - Sports
Hornsby, Rogers - An original member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Metcalfe, Ralph H. - Olympic champion
Naismith, James - Inventor of Basketball
Palmer, Arnold - Golf Pro
Rickey, Branch - Baseball legend
Starr, Bart - Football legend
Wagner, Honus - Baseball legend
Waner, Lloyd - Baseball Hall of Fame member from Pittsburg
Waner, Paul - "Big Paul" Baseball Hall of Fame member from Pittsburg


Baldwin, Henry
Black, Hugo L.
Blair, Jr., John
Blatchford, Samuel
Burton, Harold H.
Byrnes, James F.
Catton, John
Clark, Thomas C.
Clarke, John H.
Cushing, William
Devanter, Willis Van
Douglas, William O.
Ellsworth, Oliver
Field, Stephen J.
Harlan, John M.
Jackson, Robert H.
Lamar, Joseph E.
Marshall, John - Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court 1801 - 1835
Mathews, Stanley
Minton, Sherman
Moody, William H.
Nelson, Samuel
Paterson, William
Pitney, Mahlon
Reed, Stanley F.
Rutledge, Wiley B.
Stewart, Potter
Swayne, Noah H.
Taft, William Howard - President of the U.S. & Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
                                         (only man to ever head these two branches of U.S. government)
Todd, Thomas
Trimble, Robert
Vinson, Frederick M.
Warren, Earl
Woodbury, Levi
Woods, William B.


Austin, Stephen F. - Father of Texas
Bowie, James - Alamo
Burnett, David G. - 1st President of the Republic of Texas
Houston, Sam - 2nd & 4th President of the Republic of Texas
Jones, Anson - 5th President of the Republic of Texas
Lamar, Mirabeau B. - 3rd President of the Republic of Texas
Crockett, David - American Frontiersman and Alamo fame
Travis, Colonel William B. - Alamo


Pullman, George - Built first sleeping car for trains.
Randolph, A. Phillip - Founder - first president, International Brotherhood
                                                  Sleeping Car Porters


Buchanan, James
Ford, Gerald R.
Garfield, James A.
Harding, Warren G.
Humphrey, Hubert H. - Vice President of the U.S.
Jackson, Andrew
Johnson, Andrew
McKinley, William
Monroe, James
Polk, James Knox
Roosevelt, Franklin D.
Roosevelt, Theodore
Taft, William Howard - Also Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
                                         (only man to ever head these two branches of U.S. government)
Truman, Harry S.
Washington, George - First President of U.S.


Balfour, Lloyd - Jewelry
Bolivar, Simon - South American freedom fighter
Borglum, Gutzon & Lincoln (Father & Son), carved Mt. Rushmore
Botha, Pik - Former Foreign Minister of South Africa
Brant, Joseph - Chief of the Mohawks 1742 - 1807
Cody, "Buffalo Bill" William - Indian fighter, Wild West Show
Drake, Edwin L - American Pioneer of the Oil industry
Evers, Medger Wiley - Civil rights leader
Forten, James - Abolitionist/manufacturer
Garibaldi, Giuseppe - Italian freedom fighter
Henry, Patrick - Patriot
Hooks, Benjamin L. - Former Executive Director NAACP
Hoover, J. Edgar - Director of FBI
Lafayette, Marquis de - Supporter of American Freedom
Livingston, Robert - Co-Negotiator for purchase of Louisiana Territory
Marshall, James W. - Discovered Gold at Sutter's Mill California 1848
Mesmer, Franz Anton - Practiced Mesmerism which led to Hypnotism
Michelson, Albert Abraham - Successfully measured the speed of light in 1882
Otis, James - Famous for "Taxation without Representation is Tyranny"
Revere, Paul - Famous American
Stassen, Harold - Statesman, sole surviving signer of the United Nations Charter
Thomas, Lowell - Brought Lawrence of Arabia to public notice
Wadlow, Robert Pershing - Tallest human on record being almost 9 feet tall
Webb, Matthew - First man to swim the English Channel (1875)