The true secrets of Freemasonry are not in the rituals performed as part of our meetings and Degrees. They are in fact in the stories and life experience shared between members. The bonds of brotherhood lift the barrier between men so that they may entrust their wisdom and insight to another man without the fear of throwing their pearls before swine, and make the listener more receptive to one’s words of wisdom.

Masons come from every walk of life and there have been many famous freemasons proud to count themselves amongst the ranks of the Order.

List of Famous Masons

What did George Washington, Winston Churchill and Benjamin Franklin have in common with Goethe, Mozart, and Voltaire? And with Motilal Nehru and Swami Vivekanand?

They all belonged to the biggest and the oldest fraternal organisation in the world.

And so did Edwin E. Aldrin, the first astronaut to land on moon, Sir Author Conan Doyle, the celebrated writer of “Sherlock Holmes” fame, Edward VII – King of England, George VI – King of England, Sir Alexander Fleming who invented Penicillin, many of the Presidents and Vice-presidents of America, Henry Ford, pioneer automobile manufacturer, King C. Gillett of the Gillett Razor Co., Rudyard Kipling, the famous writer who lived in India, Sir Thomas Lipton, the Tea Man.

Famous Hungarians include Kossuth Lajos, Deak Ferenc, …

Without any doubt included in the list of Masons have been people who changed the course of history both at home and abroad. The following lists are not exhaustive, but meant to show the appeal and durability of Freemasonry over the last 3 centuries.

A

Abbott, William “Bud” – Actor (Abbott and Costello)
Abbott, Sir John J.C. – Prime Minister of Canada 1891-92
Abbott, Robert Sengstacke – Founder/publisher “Chicago Defender”
Acuff, Roy – Musician
Aldrin, Edwin E. “Buzz” – Astronaut – Second man to walk on the moon
Allen, Richard – Founder/first bishop AME Church
Allende, Salvador – President of Chile, overthrown in 1970
Armstrong, Louis – Jazz Musician
Arnold, Eddie – Actor
Arnold, General Henry “Hap” – Commander of the Army Air Force
Astor, John Jacob – Fur trader and financier
Atkins, Chet – Musician
Austin, Stephen F. – Father of Texas
Autry, Gene – Actor

B

Baldwin, Henry – Supreme Court Justice
Balfour, Lloyd – Jewelry
Bartholdi, Frederic A. – Designed the Statue of Liberty
Basie, William “Count” – Orchestra leader/composer
Baylor, Robert E. B. – Founder Baylor University
Beard, Daniel Carter – Founder Boy Scouts
Bell, Lawrence – Bell Aircraft Corp.
Bellamy, Rev. Francis – Authored U.S. Pledge of Allegiance
Bennett, Viscount R.B. – Prime Minister of Canada 1930-35
Berlin, Irving – Entertainer
Black, Hugo L. – Supreme Court Justice
Blair, Jr., John – Supreme Court Justice
Blake, James Herbert “Eubie” – Composer/pianist
Blanc, Mel – Cartoonist (Bugs Bunny and others)
Blatchford, Samuel – Supreme Court Justice
Bolivar, Simon – South American freedom fighter
Booth, Rev. William – Founder of the Salvation Army
Borden, Sir Robert L. – Prime Minister of Canada 1911-1920
Borglum, Gutzon & Lincoln – Father and Son who carved Mt. Rushmore
Borgnine, Ernest – Actor
Botha, Pik – Former Foreign Minister of South Africa
Bowell, Sir Mackenzie – Prime Minister of Canada 1894-96
Bowie, James – Alamo
Bradley, Omar N. – Military leader
Bradley, Thomas – Former mayor of Los Angeles, California
Brant, Joseph – Chief of the Mohawks 1742 – 1807
Brown, Joe E. – Entertainer
Brundage, Avery – Olympic Committee
Bryan, Richard – U.S. Senator
Buchanan, James – President of the U.S.
Burbank, Luther – Pioneering botanist
Burnett, David G. – 1st President of the Republic of Texas
Burns, Conrad – U.S. Senator
Burns, Robert – The National Poet of Scotland
Burton, Harold H. – Supreme Court Justice
Byrd, Robert – U.S. Senator
Byrd, Admiral Richard E. – Flew over North Pole
Byrnes, James F. – Supreme Court Justice

C

Cain, Michael – Actor
Calvo, Father Francisco – Catholic Priest who started Freemasonry in Costa Rica 1865
Campbell, Sir Malcolm – Land speed record holder
Carlson, Curtis L. – Entrepreneur
Carnahan, Melvin – Governor of Missouri
Carson, Christopher “Kit” – Frontiersman, scout and explorer
Casanova – Italian Adventurer, writer and entertainer
Catton, John – Supreme Court Justice
Chagall, Marc – Artist
Chrysler, Walter P. – Automotive fame
Churchill, Sir Winston – British Leader
Citroen, Andre – French Engineer and motor car manufacturer
Clark, Roy – Country Western Star
Clark, Thomas C. – Supreme Court Justice
Clark, William – Explorer
Clarke, John H. – Supreme Court Justice
Clemens, Samuel L. – Mark Twain – writer
Cobb, Ty – Baseball Player
Cody, “Buffalo Bill” William – Indian fighter, Wild West Show
Cohan, George M. – Broadway star
Cole, Nat “King” – Great ballad singer
Collodi, Carlo – Writer of Pinocchio
Colt, Samuel – Firearms inventor
Combs, Earle Bryan – Baseball Hall of Fame
Cooper, Gordon – Astronaut
Crockett, David – American Frontiersman and Alamo fame
Cushing, William – Supreme Court Justice

D

Dempsey, Jack – Sports
DeMille, Cecil B. – Movie director
Desaguliers, John Theophilus – Inventor of the planetarium
Devanter, Willis Van – Supreme Court Justice
Diefenbaker, John G. – Prime Minister of Canada 1957-63
Disney, Walt – Cartoonist/movies
Dole, Robert – U.S. Senator
Doolittle, General James – Famous Army Air Corps Pilot
Douglas, William O. – Supreme Court Justice
Dow, William H. – Dow Chemical Co.
Doyle, Sir Author Conan – Writer – Sherlock Holmes
Drake, Edwin L – American Pioneer of the Oil industry
DuBois, W.E.B. – Educator/scholar
Dunant, Jean Henri – Founder of the Red Cross

E

Ebbets, Charles – Baseball Owner, Ebbets Field
Edward VII – King of England
Edward VIII – King of England who abdicated the throne in less than 1 year
Ellery, William – 1 of 9 Masonic signers of the Declaration of Independance
Ellington, Duke – Composer, Arranger and Stylist
Ellsworth, Oliver – Supreme Court Justice
Evers, Medger Wiley – Civil rights leader
Ervin Jr, Samual J. – U. S. Senator – headed “Watergate” committee

F

Faber, Eberhard – Head of the famous Eberhard Faber Pencil Company
Fairbanks, Douglas – Silent film actor
Field, Stephen J. – Supreme Court Justice
Fields, W.C. – Actor
Fisher, Geoffrey – Archbishop of Canterbury 1945 – 1961
Fitch, John – Inventor of the Steamboat
Fleming, Sir Alexander – Discovered Penicillin
Ford, Gerald R. – President of the U.S.
Ford, Henry – Pioneer Automobile Manufacturer
Forten, James – Abolitionist/manufacturer
Fortune, Timothy Thomas – Journalist
Franklin, Benjamin – 1 of 13 Masonic signers of Constitution of the U.S.
Freeman, Orville – Former governor of Minnesota and secretary of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

G

Gable, Clark – Actor
Garfield, James A. – President of the U.S.
Garibaldi, Giuseppe – Italian freedom fighter
Gatling, Richard J. – Built the “Gatling Gun”
King George IV – King of England 1762 – 1830
George VI – King of England during W.W. II
Gibbon, Edward – Writer – Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Gilbert, Sir William S. – Was the libretis for “Pirates of Penzance”
Gillette, King C. – Gillette Razor Co.
Glenn, John H. – First American to orbit the earth/U.S. Senator
Godfrey, Arthur – Radio and early televison personality
Goldwater, Barry – Former U.S. Senator
Gompers, Samuel – Founder American Federation of Labor
Grassley, Charles – U.S. Senator
Gray, Harold Lincoln – Creator of “Little Orphan Annie”
Griffeth, David W. – Movie Director
Gris, Juan – Spanish artist- Synthetic Cubism
Grissom, Virgil – Astronaut
Grock – Swiss Circus Clown
Guillotin, Joseph Ignace – Inventor of the “Guillotin”

H

Hall, Prince – First black American Freemason
Haley, Alex – Author of “Roots”
Hampton, Lionel – Orchestra leader/composer
Hancock, John – 1 of 9 Masonic signers of Declaration of Independance
Handel, George Fredrick – Composer
Handy, William C. – Composer “Father of the Blues”
Harding, Warren G. – President of the U.S.
Hardy, Oliver – Actor – Comedian
Harlan, John M. – Supreme Court Justice
Harvey, Paul – Radio personality
Hatfield, Mark – U.S. Senator
Hawkins, Augustus F. – U.S. Congressman California
Haydn, Franz Joseph F. – Composer and Musician
Hedges, Cornelius – “Father” of Yellowstone National Park
Helms, Jesse – U.S. Senator
Henson, Josiah – Inspired the novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
Henson, Matthew – Explorer
Hilton, Charles C. – American Hotelier
Hoban, James – Architect for the U.S. White House
Hoe, Richard M. – Invented the rotary press, revolutionizing newspaper printing
Hollings, Ernest – U.S. Senator
Hooks, Benjamin L. – Former Executive Director NAACP
Hoover, Frank – Vacuum cleaner fame
Hoover, J. Edgar – Director of FBI
Hope, Bob – Comedian
Hornsby, Rogers – An original member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Houdini, Harry – Magician
Houston, Sam – 2nd & 4th President of the Republic of Texas
Humphrey, Hubert H. – Vice President of the U.S.

I

Irwin, Jim – Astronaut
Ives, Burl – Musician

J

Jackson, Andrew – President of the U.S.
Jackson, Rev. Jesse – Minister/politician
Jackson, Robert H. – Supreme Court Justice
James, Daniel “Chappie” – General U.S. Air Force
Jenner, Edward – Inventor – Vaccination for Small Pox
Johnson, Andrew – President of the U.S.
Johnson, John A ‘Jack’ – Heavyweight boxing tiltle holder, 1908-1915
Johnson, John H. – Publisher EBONY and Jet magazines
Johnston, Jr. , J. Bennett – U.S. Senator
Jolson, Al – Acted in the first ‘talking picture,’ The Jazz Singer
Jones, Anson – 5th President of the Republic of Texas
Jones, John Paul – Naval Commander
Jones, Melvin – One of the founders of the Lions International

K

Keaton, Buster – Movie pioneer
Kemp, Jack – Former U.S. Congressman/sports hero
Kern, Jerome – Composer
Key, Francis Scott – Wrote U.S. National Anthem
Kipling, Rudyard – Writer
Knox, Henry – Revolutionary War General

L

Lafayette, Marquis de – Supporter of American Freedom
LaGuardia, Fiorello H. – Diplomat and 3-time New York City Mayor
Lake, Simon – Built first submarine successful in open sea
Lamar, Joseph E. – Supreme Court Justice
Lamar, Mirabeau B. – 3rd President of the Republic of Texas
Land, Frank S. – Founder Order of DeMolay
Lemon, Mark – Founder of Punch, humorous British magazine
Lewis, Meriwether – Explorer
Lincoln, Elmo – First actor to play Tarzan of the Apes (1918)
Lindbergh, Charles – Aviator
Lipton, Sir Thomas – Tea
Livingston, Robert – Co-Negotiator for purchase of Louisiana Territory
Lloyd, Harold C. – Entertainer
Lott, Trent – U.S. Senator

M

MacArthur, General Douglas – Commander of Armed Forces in Philipines
MacDonald, Sir John A. – Prime Minister of Canada 1867-73 & 1878-91
Marshall, James W. – Discovered Gold at Sutter’s Mill California 1848
Marshall, John – Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court 1801 – 1835
Marshall, Thurgood – Supreme Court Justice
Mathews, Stanley – Supreme Court Justice
Mayer, Louis B. – Film producer – formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Mayo, Dr. William and Charles – Began Mayo Clinic
Mays, Benjamin – Educator/former president Atlanta University
Maytag, Fredrick – Maytag
McKinley, William – President of the U.S.
Menninger, Karl A. – Psychiatrist famous for treating mental illness
Mellon, Andrew – American industrialis, banker and philanthropist
Mesmer, Franz Anton – Practiced Mesmerism which led to Hypnotism
Metcalfe, Ralph H. – Olympic champion
Michelson, Albert Abraham – Successfully measured the speed of light in 1882
Miller, Glenn – Musician
Minton, Sherman – Supreme Court Justice
Mix, Tom – U.S. Marshal turned actor – Starred in over 400 western films
Monroe, James – President of the U.S.
Montgolfier, Jacques Etienne – Co-developer of the first practical hot-air balloon
Montgolfier, Joseph Michel – Co-developer of the first practical hot-air balloon
Moody, William H. – Supreme Court Justice
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus – Composer
Murphy, Audie – Most decorated American Soldier of WWII, Actor

N

Naismith, James – Inventor of Basketball
Nash, Charles – Automobile industry
Nelson, Samuel – Supreme Court Justice
New, Harry S. – Postmaster General who established Airmail
Newton, Joseph Fort – Christian Minister
Nunn, Sam – U.S. Senator

O

Olds, Ransom E. – American automobile pioneer
Otis, James – Famous for “Taxation without Representation is Tyranny”

P

Palmer, Arnold – Golf Pro
Papst, Charles F. – Coined the term “Athletes Foot”
Paterson, William – Supreme Court Justice
Peale, Norman Vincent – Founder of “Guidepost”
Peary, Robert E. – First man to reach the North Pole (1909)
Penney, James C. – Retailer
Pershing, John Joseph – Decorated American Soldier
Pitney, Mahlon – Supreme Court Justice
Poinsett, Joel R. – U.S. Minister to Mexico who developed the flower: Poinsettia
Polk, James Knox – President of the U.S.
Pound, Roscoe – Former Dean, Harvard Law School
Pryor, Richard – Actor – Comedian
Pullman, George – Built first sleeping car for trains.
Pushkin, Aleksander – Russian Poet

R

Rangel, Charles B. – U.S. Congressman New York
Randolph, A. Phillip – Founder – first president, International Brotherhood Sleeping Car Porters
Retief, Piet – Afrikaans leader and one of the founders of the South African nation
Reed, Stanley F. – Supreme Court Justice
Revere, Paul – Famous American
Rhodes, Cecil – “Rhodes Scholarship”
Rickenbacker, Eddie – Great American Army Air Corps “Ace”
Rickey, Branch – Baseball legend
Ringling Brothers – All 7 brothers and their father were Masons.
Robinson, Sugar Ray – American Boxer
Rodgers, Jimmie – Entertainer
Rogers, Roy – American cowboy and screen star
Rogers, Will – Actor
Roosevelt, Franklin D. – President of the U.S.
Roosevelt, Theodore – President of the U.S.
Rush, Benjamin – 1 of 9 Masonic signers of the Declaration of Independance
Rutledge, Wiley B. – Supreme Court Chief Justice

S

Salten, Felix – Creator of Bambi
Sanders, Harland “Colonel” – Founder Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants
Sarnoff, David – Father of T.V.
Sax, Antoine Joseph – Invented the Saxophone (1846)
Schoonover, George – Founder of “The Builder”
Schirra, Wally – Astronaut
Scott, Sir Walter – Writer
Sellers, Peter – Actor
Sexson, W. Mark – Founder of Rainbow Girls, Masonic historian/author/researcher
Sibelius, Jean – Composer (Finland)
Simpson, Alan – U.S. Senator
Skelton, Red – Entertainer
Smith, John Stafford – Wrote the music that became the U.S. National Anthem.
Sousa, John Philip – Led the U.S. Marine Band from 1880 – 1892
Stanford, Leland – Railroads & Stanford University
Starr, Bart – Football legend
Stassen, Harold – Statesman, sole surviving signer of the United Nations Charter
Stewart, Potter – Supreme Court Justice
Still, Andrew T. – American Physician who devised osteopathy treatment
Stokes, Carl B. – Former mayor, Cleveland, OH
Stokes, Louis – U.S. Congressman Ohio
Stratton, Charles “Tom Thumb” – Entertainer
Swayne, Noah H. – Supreme Court Justice
Swift, Johathan – Wrote Gulliver’s Travels

T

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. govenrment)
Teets, John W. – Chairman and President of Dial Corporation
Tetau, Max – French Doctor who presides over Homoeopathia Universalis
Thomas, Craig – U.S. Senator
Thomas, Dave – Founder of Wendy’s Restaurants
Thomas, Lowell – Brought Lawrence of Arabia to public notice
Thompson, Tommy – Governor of Wisconsin
Thurmond, Strom – U.S. Senator
Tillis, Mel – Musician
Tirpitz, Alfred Von – German Naval officer responsible for submarine warfare
Todd, Thomas – Supreme Court Justice
Tolstoi, Leo – Author
Travis, Colonel William B. – Alamo
Trimble, Robert – Supreme Court Justice
Truman, Harry S. – President of the U.S.

V

Vinson, Frederick M. – Supreme Court Justice
Voltaire – French writer and philosopher

W

Wadlow, Robert Pershing – Tallest human on record being almost 9 feet tall
Wagner, Honus – Baseball legend
Wallace, George C. – Former Alabama governor and presidential candidate who was nearly assasinated
Wallace, Lewis – Wrote “Ben Hur”
Wallenda, Enrico – Circus legend
Waner, Lloyd – Baseball Hall of Fame member from Pittsburg
Waner, Paul – “Big Paul” Baseball Hall of Fame member from Pittsburg
Warner, Jack – Warner Brothers Fame
Warren, Earl – Supreme Court Justice
Warren, Joseph – Revolutionary War General – “Martyr of Bunker Hill”
Washington, Booker T. – Educator and author
Washington, George – First President of U.S.
Wayne, John – Actor
Webb, Matthew – First man to swim the English Channel (1875)
Wells, H. G. – Author
Whiteman, Paul – “King of Jazz”
William IV – King of England 1765 – 1837
Williams, Egbert Austin “Bert” – Actor/ comedian
Williamson, Harry A. – Author/Masonic historian
Woodbury, Levi – Supreme Court Justice
Woods, William B. – Supreme Court Justice
Wyler, William – Director of “Ben Hur”
Wynn, Ed – Actor

Y

Young, Andrew – Former mayor of Atlanta, GA

Z

Zanuck, Darryl F. – Co-founder of 20th Century Productions in 1933
Ziegfeld, Florenz – His Ziegfeld’s Follies began in 1907

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  • George Canning (1770 – 1827)
  • Lord Randolph Churchill (1849 – 1895)
  • Cecil Rhodes (1852 – 1903)
  • Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)
  • Leopold S. Amery (1873 – 1955)
  • Sir Joseph Banks (1744 – 1820)
  • Dr Edward Jenner (1749 – 1823)
  • Sir Alexander Fleming (1881 – 1955)
  • Sir Bernard Spilsbury (1877 – 1947)
  • Sir Richard Burton (1821 – 1890)
  • Capt Robert Falcon Scott, RN (1868 – 1912)
  • Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 – 1922)
  • Dr T. J. Barnardo (1845 – 1905)
  • Sir William “Billy” Butlin (1899 – 1980)
  • Peter Sellers (1925 – 1980)
  • Ernest Borgnine (1917 – 2012)
  • Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)
  • Edward Gibbon (1734 – 1794)
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 – 1816)
  • Robbie Burns (1759 – 1796)
  • Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832)
  • Anthony Trollope (1815 – 1882)
  • Sir William S. Gilbert (1836 – 1911)
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930)
  • Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)
  • Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842 – 1900)
  • Nathaniel Adams Coles (’Nat King Cole’) (1919 – 1965)
  • Alfred Marks OBE (1921 – 1996)
  • Jim Davidson OBE (b:1953)
  • Oliver Hardy (1892 – 1957)
  • Roger de Courcey (b:1944)
  • Harry Houdini (1874 – 1926)
  • Harry H Corbett OBE (1925 – 1982)
  • ‘Bud’ Abbott (1895 – 1974)
  • William ‘Jack’ Dempsey (1895 – 1983)
  • Arnold Palmer (b: 1929)
  • Sugar Ray Robinson(1921 – 1989)
  • Tony Allcock MBE (b: 1955)
  • Sir ‘Alf’ Ramsey (1920 – 1999)
  • Peter Ebdon (b:1970)
  • Mark Wildman (b: 1936)
  • “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier (1944 – 2011)