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United States Presidents

George Washington
First President, born February 11, 1732, died December 14, 1799. Initiated Nov. 4, 1752, passed March 3, 1753, raised Aug. 4, 1753 all in Fredericksburg Lodge (later No. 4) at Fredericksburg, Va. Charter Master, Alexandria Lodge No. 22, Alexandria, Va., April 28, 1788 and reelected Dec. 20 1788.

James Monroe
5th President, born 1758; died 1831. Initiated in Williamsburg Lodge No. 6 at Williamsburg, Va., Nov. 9, 1775, but there is no record of his taking any further degrees. The records of Cumberland Lodge No. 8 in Tennessee, June 8, 1819, show a reception for Monroe as "a Brother of the Craft."

Andrew Jackson
7th President, born 1767, died 1829. Grand Master of Tennessee, 1822-23. His lodge is unknown but he is said to have attended at Clover Bottom Lodge under the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. He was present in lodge at Greeneville in 1801 and acted as Senior Warden pro tem. The records of St. Tammany Lodge No. 29 at Nashville, which became Harmony Lodge No. 1 under the Grand Lodge of Tennessee, show that Jackson was a member.

James K. Polk
11th President, born 1795; died 1849. Initiated, passed, and raised in Columbia Lodge No. 31, Columbia, Tenn. Exalted a Royal Arch Mason in La Fayette Chapter No. 4 at Columbia in 1825.

James Buchanan
15th President, Born 1791; died 1868;(1857-1861). Initiated December 11, 1816, in Lodge 43, at Lancaster, PA. Passed and raised in 1817. Junior Warden in 1821 and 1822. Master in 1825. Also Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

Andrew Johnson
17th President, born 1808 died 1875; initiated, passed and raised in Greeneville Lodge No. 119 now No. 3 at Greeneville, Tenn. in 1851. Probably a member of Greeneville Chapter No. 82 Royal Arch Masons, since he joined Nashville Commandery of Knights Templar No. 1 in 1859. He received the Scottish Rite degrees in the White House in 1867.

James A. Garfield
20th President, born 1831; died 1881; initiated and passed in Magnolia Lodge No. 20, Columbus, Ohio, and raised in Columbus Lodge No.3O, 1864. Affiliated with Garrettsville Lodge No. 246 in 1866 Affiliated with Pentalpha Lodge No. 23 Washington, D. C. as charter member in 1869. Exalted in Columbus Royal Arch Chapter, 1866 and Knight Templar, 1866. 14th Degree Scottish Rite, 1872.

William McKinley
25th President, born 1843; died 1901; is sometimes said to have been initiated, passed, and raised in Hiram Lodge No. 10 in Winchester, West Virginia in 1865. But William Moseley Brown is authority for the statement that this event took place in Hiram Lodge No. 21 at Winchester, Virginia in that year. McKinley affiliated with Canton Lodge No. 60 at Canton, Ohio in 1867 and later became a charter member of Eagle Lodge No. 43. He received the Capitular degrees in Canton in 1883 and was made a Knight Templar in 1884.

Theodore Roosevelt
26th President, born 1858, died 1919. Initiated, passed, and raised in Matinecock Lodge No. 806, Oyster Bay, N. Y. in 1901.

William H. Taft
27th President, born 1857; died 1930. Made a Mason at sight in Kilwinning Lodge No. 356, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1901. Evidently, that made him a member at large, for the Grand Lodge issued him a demit and he became a member of the above lodge.

Warren G. Harding
29th President born 1865; died 1923. Initiated in Marion Lodge No. 7O, Marion, Ohio, 1901. He received no other degree until after becoming President. He was passed and raised in Marion Lodge in 1920, Royal Arch Chapter degrees in Marion Chapter No. 62 in 1921; Knight Templar in Marion Commandery No. 36, in 1921. Scottish Rite and Shrine in 1921.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd President, born 1882; died 1945. Initiated, passed, and raised in Holland Lodge No. 8, New York City, in 1911, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite in Albany Consistory 1929, Shrine in 1930.

Harry S. Truman
33rd President, Born May 8, 1884, Lamar, Missouri. Received the degrees in Belton Lodge No 450; organized and became a charter member of Grandview No. 618. Served as both district lecturer and deputy Grand Master for several years. Elected Grand Master of Masons in Missouri in 1940. He always claimed this was the greatest honor that had ever come to him. He received the first Gourgas Medal of the Scottish Rite, NMJ granted while he was serving as a Senator. Elected vice-president in 1944 and became President on the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt (a Mason) on April 12, 1945. He died on December 26 1972. On the 28th he was buried on his library's grounds with impressive rites. These included the only Masonic funeral service ever televised worldwide.

Lyndon B. Johnson
36th President of the US. Initiated on October 30, 1937, in Johnson City Lodge 561, Johnson City, TX. It is not known whether he completed the degrees.

Gerald R. Ford
38th President, Born July 14, 1913 as Leslie L. King, Jr. He was later adopted and took the name of his mother's second husband (a Freemason). Became President on August 9, 1974 on the resignation of Richard Nixon (not a Mason). Ford received the degrees in Malta Lodge No. 405, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brother Ford was the 1974 recipient of the NY Grand Lodge Distinguished Achievement Award, the highest honor that can be presented by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York.



Signers of the Declaration of Independence
Gerry, ElbridgeAmerican politician. Signer of the Declaration of Independence and a delegate to the Continental Congress, he served as Governor of Massachusetts (1810-1811) U.S. Congressman MA (1789-1792),and Vice President of the United States until his death (1813-1814).
Hancock, JohnOne 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.



Signers of the Constitution
Franklin, BenjaminAmerican 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.



Senators and Congressmen
Adams, ShermanU.S. Congressman NH (1945-1946) and Governor of New Hampshire (1949-1953).1899-1986
Aldrich, Nelson WilmarthU.S. Congressman RI (1879-1882), U.S. Senator RI (1881-1910), known for his extensive impact on banking reform. He also served as Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island.1841-1915


Bayh, Birch Evans
a Senator from Indiana; born in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind., January 22, 1928; attended the public schools; served in the United States Army 1946-1948; graduated Purdue University School of Agriculture at Lafayette in 1951; attended Indiana State University, Terre Haute, 1952-1953; graduated Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, 1960; was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1961 and commenced practice in Terre Haute; farmer and lawyer; member, State house of representatives 1954-1962, serving as minority leader in 1957 and 1961 and as speaker in 1959; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1962; reelected in 1968 and 1974 and served from January 3, 1963, to January 3, 1981; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1980; chairman, Select Committee on Intelligence (Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses); lawyer practicing in Washington, D.C.1928-
Benton, Thomas HartU.S. Senator from Missouri for 30 years (1821-1850), U.S. Congressman MO (1953-1954), and Grand Master of Iowa.1782-1858
Bentsen, Lloyd Millard, Jr.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 (1949-1954), Senator (1971-1994) and Secretary of the Treasury (1993-1994). 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....". Bro. Bentsen's daughter advises us that he suffered a stroke about two years ago and is now confined to a wheel chair but in November, 2000 will celebrate his 57th wedding anniversary! 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.1921-
Brown, Foster VincentUS Congressman from Tennessee (1895-1896), he served as Attorney General for Puerto Rico.1852-1937
Bryan, Richard H.U.S. Senator NV (1989-2000).1937-
Burns, ConradUS Senator from Montana (1989-).1935-
Byrd, Robert CarlyleThe "Dean" of the US Senate WV (1959-). US Congressman WV (1953-1958).1917-
Cass, LewisAmerican solider, politician and diplomat. Served as Secretary of War, Secretary of State, and U. S. Senator MI (1845-1856). He was a Grand Master of Iowa and the first Grand Master of Michigan.1782-1866
Clay, HenrySpeaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1811-1820; 1823-1824), U.S. Congressman KY (1811-1820; 1823-1826), U.S. Senator KY (1805-1806; 1809-1810; 1831-1842; 1849-1852), and Grand Master of Kentucky.1777-1852
Dirksen, Everett McKinleyAmerican political leader, he served eight terms in the US House of Representatives IL (1933-1948), U.S. Senator (1951-1969), and became Republican minority leader of the Senate (1959-1969).1896-1969
Dole, Robert JosephDecorated Veteran, World War II; U.S. Congressman (1961-1968) and Senator (1969-1996) from Kansas; Majority and Minority Leader, U.S. Senate; Nominee for President of the United States 1996; Humanitarian and Philanthropist.1923-

Dodge, Henry
a Delegate and a Senator from Wisconsin; born in Vincennes, Ind., October 12, 1782; received a limited schooling; moved to Missouri in 1796 and settled at Ste. Genevieve; sheriff of Cape Girardeau County in 1808; moved to Galena, Ill., and operated a lead mine; moved to Wisconsin in 1827, then part of Michigan Territory, and settled near the present site of Dodgeville; served in the Black Hawk and other Indian wars; was commissioned major of United States Rangers 1832; left the Army as colonel of the First United States Dragoons 1836; appointed Governor of the Territory of Wisconsin 1836-1841; elected as a Democratic Delegate to the Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1845); was not a candidate for renomination in 1844, having again accepted the appointment of Governor of the Territory of Wisconsin, and served from 1845 until 1848; upon the admission of Wisconsin as a State into the Union in 1848 was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate; reelected in 1851 and served from June 8, 1848, to March 3, 1857; chairman, Committee on Commerce (Thirty-fourth Congress); declined the appointment of Governor of Washington Territory by President Franklin Pierce in 1857; retired to private life; died in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, June 19, 1867; interment in Aspen Grove Cemetery.1782-1867
Enzi, Michael B.United States Senator from Wyoming (1997-)whose father was also an active Mason and whose mother was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.1944-
Ervin, Samuel James, Jr.U.S. Congressman NC (1945-1946). As U.S. Senator from North Carolina (1954-1974), he led the "Watergate" committee during the Nixon presidency and was widely praised for his fair-handed behavior.1896-1985
Gilman, Benjamin ArthurOne of the highest ranking members in seniority, a U.S. Congressman from the 20th New York District (1973-2002) who in 1978 was successful as a champion of human rights.1922-
Glickman, Daniel RobertUS Congressman from Kansas (1977-1994) and Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture.1944-
Goldwater, Barry MorrisAmerican politician, a conservative Republican he served as Senator from Arizona (1953-1964; 1969-1986) and unsuccessfully ran for president in 1964.1909-1998
Grassley, Charles ErnestU.S. Congressman IA (1975-1980), U.S. Senator IA (1981-2004).1933-
Hatfield, Mark OdomU.S. Senator OR (1967-1996).1922-
Hawkins, Augustus Freeman 'Gus'U.S. Congressman CA (1963-1990).1907-
Helms, JesseWell-known conservative US Senator from North Carolina (1973-2002), he has been a leader in the field of US foreign relations for decades.1921-
Herter, Christian ArchibaldDiplomat and Journalist; Under Secretary of State, Governor of Massachusetts and United States Congressman MA (1943-1952).1895-1966
Hollings, Ernest FrederickU.S. Senator SC (1965-2004)1922-
Houston, SamuelAmerican 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 U.S. Senator (1845-1858) and Governor. U.S. Congressman TN (1823-1826).1793-1863
Johnston, John Bennett, Jr.U.S. Senator LA (1971-1996).1932-
Keating, Kenneth BarnardCongressman (1947-1958) and Senator (1959-1964) from New York, Ambassador to India and then Israel. He died in office in 1975. (Note: this is NOT the Keating of the banking scandals!)1900-1975
Kemp, Jack FrenchU.S. Republican Congressman (1969-1988) from New York, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Vice Presidential candidate with Mason Bob Dole.1935-
La Guardia, Fiorello HenryAmerican politician, the major airport in New York city is named in his honor. U.S. Congressman NY (1917-1920; 1923-1932).1882-1947
Lott, Chester TrentU.S. Congressman (1973-1998) and U.S. Senator (1999-) from Mississippi and Senator Majority Leader (2001).1941-
Mfume, KweisiU.S. Congressman MD (1987-1996) and President and CEO of the NAACP.1948-

Minton, Sherman
a Senator from Indiana; born in Georgetown, Floyd County, Ind., October 20, 1890; attended the public schools; graduated from the law department of Indiana University at Bloomington in 1915, and from Yale University in 1916; admitted to the bar in 1915 and commenced practice in New Albany, Ind.; during the First World War served as a captain in the Motor Transport Corps 1917-1919, serving overseas one year; captain in the Infantry section, Officers’ Reserve Corps 1919-1943; moved to Miami, Fla., in 1925 and continued the practice of law; returned to New Albany, Ind., in 1928 and resumed the practice of law; public counselor of Indiana 1933-1934; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from January 3, 1935, to January 3, 1941; Democratic whip 1939-1941; chairman, Committee on Pensions (Seventy-sixth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1940; served as administrative assistant in the Executive Office of the President 1941; judge of the circuit court of appeals for the seventh circuit 1941-1949; appointed by President Harry S. Truman as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, taking the oath of office October 12, 1949, and served until October 15, 1956, when he resigned due to ill health; was a resident of New Albany, Ind., where he died April 9, 1965; interment in Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery.1890-1965
Nunn, Samuel AugustusRespected former U.S. Senator (1972-1996) from Georgia. For seven years, he Chaired the Armed Services Committee.1938-
Pepper, Claude DensonU.S. Senator (1936-1950) and U.S. Congressman (1963-1989) 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 Congress.1900-1989
Pitney, MahlonU.S. Congressman NJ (1895-1898) and later Supreme Court Justice.1858-1924
Quitman, John AnthonyLegislator, Governor of Mississippi and U.S. Congressman MS (1855-1858), he served as Grand Master of Masons.1799-1858
Rangel, Charles B.U.S. Democratic Congressman (1971-) from New York.1930-
Ross, Edmund GibsonU.S. Senator KS (1866-1870) 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.1826-1907
Russell, Richard Brevard, Jr.U.S. Senator GA (1933-1971) and member of the "Warren Commission" investigating the assassination of President Kennedy. Governor of Georgia (1931-1933)1897-1971
Saltonstall, LeverettThree term Governor of Massachusetts (1939-1945) and U.S. Senator for 21 years (1945-1966).1892-1972
Sayers, Joseph Draper 'JD'Methodist Layman, Adjutant General of the Confederate Army, U.S. Congressman (1885-1898) and Governor of Texas (1899-1903).1841-1929
Schumer, Charles Ellis 'Chuck'U.S. Congressman (1981-) from Brooklyn, NY.1950-
Simmons, Robert 'Rob'U.S. Congressman (2001-). Formerly Connecticut State Representative.1943-
Simpson, Alan KooiU.S. Senator WY (1979-1996).1931-
Stennis, John CorneliusU.S. Senator from Mississippi (1947-1988). He was replaced in this office by another Mason, Trent Lott.1901-1995
Stephens, William D.Mayor of Los Angeles, U.S. Congressman (1911-1916) and Governor of California (1917-1923).1859-1944
Symington, William StuartFirst 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 (1953-1976).1901-1988
Thomas, Craig LyleU.S. Congressman (1989-1994), U.S. Senator (1995-) for Wyoming1933-
Thurmond, James StromThe longest-serving U.S. Senator SC (1953-2002).1902-2003

Vestal, Albert Henry
a Representative from Indiana; born on a farm near Frankton, Madison County, Ind., January 18, 1875; attended the common schools; worked in steel mills and factories; attended the Indiana State Normal School at Terre Haute; taught school for several years; was graduated from the law department of the Valparaiso (Ind.) University in 1896; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Anderson, Ind.; prosecuting attorney of the fiftieth judicial circuit 1900-1906; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress in 1908; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fifth and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1917, until his death; chairman, Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures (Sixty-sixth through Sixty-eighth Congresses), Committee on Patents (Sixty-ninth through Seventy-first Congresses); majority whip (Sixty-eighth through Seventy-first Congresses); died in Washington, D.C., April 1, 1932; interment in East Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Ind. Brother Vestal was Initiated May 31, 1922; Passed on June 1, 1922; and Raise to the Sublime Degree on June 2, 1922 at Mount Moriah Lodge No. 77, F. & A. M. in Anderson, Indiana.
Woodbury, LeviGovernor of New Hampshire, U.S. Senator NH (1825-1830; 1841-1845), Secretary of the Navy, Secretary of the Treasury and Supreme Court Justice. Woodbury County Iowa is named for him.1789-1851



Other Politicians
Allen, IraKnown 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.
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'.
Brant, JosephChief 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.
Bryan, William JenningsUS Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson.
Bullock, BobTexas Lt. Governor.
Burnett, David G.1st President of the Republic of Texas.
Canham, Erwin D.Rhodes Scholar; Editor of The Christian Science Monitor; Governor of Guam.
Clinton, GeorgeThird Vice President of the United States and first to die in office.
Craig, John B.Career US foreign service officer and current (1999) Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman.
Dallas, George M.12th American Vice President, he also served as Minister to Russia (1837-39) and to Great Britain (1856-61).
Easton, RufusFirst Postmaster west of the Mississippi River.
Evanko, Col. Paul J.Current (1999) Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police.
Gorham, BradfordFormer Rhode Island House Minority Leader, he served as Master of his Masonic lodge.
Gorham, NicholasSon of Bradford and a RI State Representative.
Hershey, LewisDirector of the U.S. Selective Service for 30 years.
Hoover, J. EdgarAmerican Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-1972). He is remembered for fighting gangsterism during the Prohibition ear (1919-1933) and for a vigorous anti-Communist campaign after World War II.
Humphrey, Hubert H.US Vice President under Lyndon Johnson.
Irvin TommyGeorgia's Commissioner of Agriculture and the state's longest serving official, he is also a Past Grand Master.
Johnson, Richard M.American Vice President under Martin VanBuren.
Jones, Anson5th President of the Republic of Texas.
Young, AndrewFormer United Nation's Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.



Military
Anderson, RobertMajor General U.S. Army who was in command of Fort Sumter at time of Confederate attack. Known as "Hero Of Fort Sumter."
Arnold, General Henry 'Hap'Medal of Honor recipient and American general whose efforts helped establish what is now the U.S. Air Force. Commander, Army Air Force in World War II.
Bowie, JamesAmerican-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.
Brown, Major General Charles E. Jr.Served as US Army Chief of Chaplains.
Burke, ArleighHighly decorated US Navy Admiral whose leadership helped win the battle in the Pacific during World War II. He was known as "31 knot Burke".
Butterfield, DanielMajor 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).
Chamberlain, Joshua L.The Union General 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 War and even today is used as an example in leadership by the US Army.
Chennault, Clair LeeAmerican General nicknamed "Old Leather Face", he organized the daring "Flying Tigers" and was a heroic symbol to the Chinese throughout World War II.
Clark, Mark WayneUS 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.

Cook, Harvey Weir
Brother Cook was born in Wilkinson, Indiana, June 30, 1892. In 1916 he withdrew from college to enlist in the French Army as an ambulance driver. He then trans­ferred to the United States Army Air Service, receiving his training at Tours, France. At the close of World War I he had advanced to Captain. In July 1942 he was promoted to Colonel shortly before sailing for the South Pacific to take command of an air field. Colonel Cook was in command of a group responsible for rescuing Captain Rickenbacker and his comrades when they were adrift at sea. In the course of duty he was killed in an airplane crash. His death came on on unidentified South Pacific Island, March 25, 1943.
Brother Cook was a member of Mount Moriah Lodge No. 77, F. & A. M. in Anderson, Indiana. He was Initiated June 9, 1919, Passed July 27, 1920, and was Raised to the Sublime degree of a Master Mason on July 31, 1920.
* Note: Indianapolis Municipal Airport (built in 1931) was renamed to Weir Cook Airport in 1944. However in 1976 it was again renamed to Indianapolis International Airport.
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 19, 1994.
Dearborn, Major General HenryRanking US Army commander during the War of 1812.
Dixon, Lt. GeorgeCommander of the ill-fated submarine Hunley during the US Civil War. Lt. Hunley's love of Freemasonry was shown by the artifacts recovered when the Hunley was found.
Doolittle, General JamesAmerican Army officer and aviator, he led the daring raids on Tokyo.
Driver, Captain ThomasIn 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.
Farragut, David G.Admiral, US Navy. Leading Union naval officer of the US Civil War.
Harrington, JonathanLast survivor of the Battle of Lexington.
Herkimer, NicholasBrigadier General of the US Revolution.
Holland, LeonardLongtime Adjutant General of the Rhode Island National Guard.
Jones, John PaulScottish 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.



Supreme Court
Baldwin, HenryAmerican jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1830-1844).
Black, Hugo LafayetteU.S. Senator AL (1927-1937) and Supreme Court Justice. (1937-1971)
Blair, John, Jr.U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1790-1795) and member of the Constitutional Convention.
Blatchford, SamuelU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.(1882-1893)
Burton, Harold HitzU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1945-1958).
Byrnes, James FrancisU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1941-1942) and Secretary of State. He tried unsuccessfully to ease post-WW2 tensions between the US and the USSR.
Catron, JohnU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1837-1865).
Clark, Tom CampbellU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1949-1967).
Clarke, John HessinU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1916-1922).
Cushing, WilliamU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1790-1810).
Douglas, William OrvilleU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice for 36 years (1939-1975).
Ellsworth, OliverThe third Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court (1796-1800) and responsible for the term "United States" appearing in the Constitution.
Field, Stephen JohnsonU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1863-1897).
Harlan, John MarshallU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1877-1911).
Jackson, Robert HoughwoutU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1941-1954) and Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Trials.
Lamar, Joseph RuckerU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1911-1916).
Marshall, JohnA former Grand Master of his Grand Lodge (Virginia), he servied as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1801-1835) and firmly established the judiciary branch of US government.
Marshall, ThurgoodThe first Black to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court (1967-1991).
Mathews, StanleyU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1881-1889).
Moody, William HenryU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1906-1910).
Nelson, SamuelU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1845-1872).
Paterson, WilliamU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1793-1806).
Reed, Stanley F.U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1938-1957).
Rutledge, Wiley B.U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1943-1949).
Stewart, PotterU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1959-1981).
Swayne, Noah HaynesU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1862-1881).
Todd, ThomasU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1807-1826).
Trimble, RobertU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1826-1828).
Van Devanter, WillisU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice (1911-1937).
Vinson, Frederick M.American Jurist who served as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1946-1953).
Warren, EarlSucceeding another Mason (Frederick Vinson), Warren served as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1953-1969) and led in sweeping changes in civil rights and criminal law.
Woods, William B.American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1880-1887).



Businessmen
Alfond, HaroldOwned famous 'Dexter Shoe Company' and noted philanthropist. Sports complexes throughout Maine made possible by his generous contributions bear his name.
Astor, John JacobA 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.
Balfour, LloydJewelry Manufacturer. Millions of students have for generations chosen class rings from Balfour Jewelry.
Bell, LawrenceBell Aircraft Corp.
Berthold, BartholomewBusinessman who organized the first territorial bank in the Louisiana Territory.
Chrysler, Walter P.American automobile manufacturer who founded the Chrysler Corporation.
Citroen, AndreFrench engineer and motor car manufacturer.
Colt, SamuelFirearms inventor and manufacturer. He invented the first revolver.
Dow, Herbert HenryFounded Dow Chemical Co.
Drake, Edwin L.American pioneer of the oil industry.
Dunant, Jean HenriPhilanthropist who inspired the founding of the Red Cross.
Dym, JackKnown 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 years. Despite his own lack of a diploma, he put his children and grandchildren through college even selling a rare NYC taxi medallion (signifying ownership) for this purpose. In 2002, he wrote to his former high school and asked if he could attend their graduation, having missed his so many years before: the school welcomed his attendance with open arms and he even 'danced the night away' with the his wife of 50+ years and other high school graduates at the senior prom - wearing (what else?) the tuxedo he uses for Masonic events. Brother Dym was profiled by Correspondent Bill Geist on a June 30, 2002 segment of the nationally-aired CBS television program, Sunday Morning. Yet another famous Mason!
Ebbets, Charles H.Owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team and President of the National League for 27 years. He built Ebbets Field.
Evans, BobFamous restaurateur, his eateries are found throughout the United States.
Faber, EberhardHead of the famous Eberhard Faber Pencil Company.
Ford, HenryInvented the first gasoline powered automobile in 1893, founded Ford Motor Company in 1903 and mass-produced the first widely available and affordable car
Gates, JohnKnown as "Bet-a-million" Gates, he was the founder of Texaco Oil Company and popularized barbed wire.
Gillette, King C.American inventor and manufacturer who developed the safety razor and founded the Gillette Safety Razor Co.
Girard, StephenBorn in France, he was an enormously successful merchant, mariner and banker. He largely financed the U.S. government during the War of 1812.
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 Virginia. (P.H.A.).
Hoe, Richard M.Inventor and businessman.
Hoover, FrankA brand of vacuum cleaners is named after him.
Jones, FrankHotel and brewery owner, President of the Boston & Maine Railroad, his hotel hosted the delegates to the conference that ended the Russo-Japanese War. Brother Franklin Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his skills in negotiating at that conference.
Kresge, Sebastian S.Founded S. S. Kresge, one of the great Five and Dime Stores. It's now known as K-Mart.
MacLean, John B.Founder of MacLeans Magazine.
Macy, Rowland HusseyOwner of a small dry goods store in Haverhill, Massachusetts, he was the founder of R. H. Macy & Company, New York City.
Massey, HartMassey-Ferguson farm equipment.
Maytag, FredrickHeaded 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 source.
Mercherle, George JacobFounder of State Farm Insurance.
Molson, JohnFounder of Molson Breweries.



Scientists and Educators
Audubon, John JamesAmerican 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 membership.
Banks, Sir JosephNoted naturalist who accompanied Capt. Cook on his journeys around the world.
Burbank, LutherHorticulturist and Naturalist, the practical result of his experiments was the 'Burbank potato'.
Bush, VannevarPioneer in development of atomic and nuclear energy; Vice President and Dean of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); frequent speaker at Massachusetts Lodges of Instruction.
Decroly, OvideNoted developer of educational psychology.
Desaguliers, John TheophilusInventor of the planetarium.
DuBois, W.E.B.Educator/Scholar and co-founder of the NAACP.
Ellison, Dr. MarcusPast 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
Fitch, JohnAmerican inventor, who probably developed the first American steamboat, an achievement often attributed to American inventor Robert Fulton.
Fleming, Sir AlexanderBritish bacteriologist who discovered penicillin in 1928. He shared a 1945 Nobel Prize for this achievement.
Fulton, RobertMade the steamboat a commercial success. 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, NY.
Gatling, Richard J.Inventor of the famous "Gatling Gun".
Guillotin, Joseph IgnaceFrench physician and revolutionary who advocated for a more humane method of death which came to bear his name.
Hahnemann, SamuelGerman physician and founder of homeopathy. His full name was Christian Frederich Samuel.
Jeffries, JohnPhysician & 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, EdwardEnglish physician. Discoverer of small pox vaccine.



Stage and Screen
Abbott, William 'Bud'Famous half of the Abbott & Costello comedy team.
Arlen, RichardMovie actor.
Asher, MaxUS movie actor - Keystone Kop.
Autry, GeneAmerican 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".
Barnard, Lawrence 'Slim'Creator and host of TV's 'The Happy Wanderer' travelogue show of the 1960s.
Blanc, MelIf 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.
Borgnine, ErnestFilm 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 Captain 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.
Brown, Joe E.Immensely popular actor with the BIG mouth!
Buchanan, EdgarDentist and actor in the US television series "Petticoat Junction".
Cantor, EddiePopular vaudevillian.
Clayton, LouVaudevillian. He was part of the "Clayton and Durante" Vaudeville act with Jimmy Durante.
Collins, RayActor who played "Lt. Tragg", the cop who was Perry Mason's nemisis.
Crosby, NormComedian and entertainer. Always seen on the Jerry Lewis telethons for muscular dystrophy in the US. He is a Past Master of a Lodge in Massachusetts.
DeBar, BenOne of the most famous of the early day US actors and one of the first of prominence to play in 'talkies'.
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).
Fairbanks, DouglasAmerican silent film actor known for his performance in swashbuckling adventures such as 'Robin Hood'
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).
Ford, GlennFamous US movie actor
Gable, ClarkAmerican 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').
Godfrey, ArthurAmerican 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.
Goodnow, DavidNewscaster and former long-time news anchor on CNN News.
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.
Griffith, D. W.Pioneer filmaker
GrockSwiss Circus Clown, known as the "King of Clowns" and recognized for his virtuosity in both circus and theatre.
Hardy, OliverAmerican comedian, famous for the slapstick abuse he inflicted upon his partner, Stan Laurel.
Herrmann, Alexander"King of Magic"
Holliday, Frank Jr.American motion picture actor of the 1930s.
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.
Jolson, AlAmerican 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 sound.
Kellar, HarryAmerica's premier magician from 1887 to 1908.
Lincoln, ElmoFirst actor to play 'Tarzan of the Apes' (1918).
Lloyd, Harold C.Entertainer and American silent film actor.
Mayer, Louis B.Film producer who merged to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).
Mix, TomChampion rodeo rider, soldier and cowboy, he stared in over 400 western films.
Murphy, AudieMost decorated American Soldier of WWII, he also achieved fame as an actor in movies (Westerns). An autobiographical movie was made of his heroic combat exploits.
Pinchot, BronsonPopular American actor, well-known for his "Balki Bartokamous" in the television series 'Perfect Strangers' which ran from 1986-1993. He also starred in the mini-series Stephen King's 'The Langoliers' as the murderous Toomey and continues to accumulate film credits. Became a Mason in Harford Lodge #445, Pennsylvania in December, 2002.
Richards, MichaelThe talented actor most popularly known as "Kramer" from the Seinfeld television series.
Ringling BrothersAll 7 of these famous Circus brothers and their father were Masons.
Rogers, Roy (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.
Rogers, WillActor and beloved Humorist; noted for his wry, homespun commentary on society and politics.
Sarnoff, DavidRussian-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 of RCA.
Savalas, TellyActor 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. His brother George was an actor also.
Schenck, JosephPart of the best-known two-man vaudville singing team of Van and Schenck.
Seaton, ScottAmerican film actor. Seen in 'Joan of Arc' (1948) and Donovan's Reef (1963).
Sellers, PeterEnglish 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).
Simpson, RussellProlific American film actor, he had a long career spanning from 1914 to 1959. 'Beloved by all who knew him'.

Skelton, Red
Entertainer/Comedian/'Clown'/Artist/Mason "Good Night and God Bless" Brother Red will be remembered for countless decades for his hilarious family comedy. When others used obscenities to get a 'cheap laugh', he kept high standards and refused to follow. His clown paintings are exceptional pieces of art.

Stone, ArthurAmerican motion picture actor of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.
Stratton, Charles - 'General Tom Thumb'American entertainer and circus performer, he reached 3 feet 4 inches in height at maturity.
Switzer, Carl "Alfalfa"Child actor star of the "Little Rascals" series.
Thomas, DannyEntertainer / 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 no 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.
Thomas, LowellAmerican 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.
Thurston, HowardTop magician in the U.S. from 1908 until his death in 1936.
Wagner, SidneyHollywood cinematographer. 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' (1946) was among the many films he photographed.
Warner, JackOne 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.
Wayne, John - "The Duke"One of the most popular actors of recent years. His 'manly' roles helped define a generation.
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.
Wyler, WilliamAmerican 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.
Wynn, EdMovie actor and comedian, he introduced "Carmel Comedy Caravan".
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 other accomplishments!
Zigfeld, FlorenzHis Ziegfeld's Follies began in 1907.



Clergy
Barnes, W. W.Professor of church history at Southwestern Seminary 1913-1953.
Bass, EdwardFirst Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts.
Baylor, Robert E. B.Founder of Baylor University, Texas' first Baptist college.
Bellamy, Francis J.The Baptist Minister who created America's Pledge of Allegiance.
Boaz, Hiram AbiffBishop of the Methodist Church, one of the first presidents of Texas Wesleyan University and a member of two Texas lodges.
Burrows, LansingPresident of the Southern Baptist Convention (1914-1916), secretary of the SBC from 1881-1913, and pastor of 8 Southern Baptist churches.
Calvo, Father FranciscoCatholic Priest who started Freemasonry in Costa Rica 1865.
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.
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.
Clark, Montague Graham, Jr.Presbyterian minister and President of the School of the Ozarks.
Conner, W. T.Taught theology at Southwestern Seminary 1910--1949.
Fisher, GeoffreyEnglish 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.
Hamilton, Frederick WilliamUnitarian 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.
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".
Jackson, Reverend JesseBaptist 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 Coalition.
Young, BrighamFounded the Mormon Church in Utah.



Other
Cleaveland, MosesActive in the Revolutionary War, he was the Founder of Cleveland, Ohio.
Coleman, FrankFounder of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.



Athletes
Auker, EldenUS baseball 'submarine' pitcher.
Burton, RonProfessional football player with the Boston Patriots, Past Master of his lodge, and involved in the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
Cobb, TyU. S. baseball player and manager who was the first player elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Combs, Earle BryanBaseball Hall of Fame.
Dempsey, (William Harrison) JackBecame 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.
Feller, BobHall of Fame baseball pitcher with the 28th most winning record.
Francis, Russell RossProfessional football player: New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers.
Francona, TitoUS baseball player for the Cleveland Indians. He held a record for the most hits for a player in under 400 at bats.
Hornish, Sam, Jr.Race car driver, he was the youngest champion of a major, North American open-wheel series in modern racing history. In 2001, he lead the Indy Northern Light Series from start to finish.
Hornsby, RogersUS baseball player, led the National League in hitting for 5 years and had a lifetime batting average second only to Bro. Ty Cobb.
Horton, TimCanadian ice hockey legend, he founded the donut chain which bears his name.
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.
Young, CyAmerican 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.



Air and Space
Aldrin, Edwin E. 'Buzz'American astronaut who as a crew member of Apollo 11 became the second human being to walk on the moon (July 20, 1969).
Glenn, John Herschel, Jr.U. S. astronaut and first American to orbit the earth in a space craft in 1962, he became a U. S. Senator from Ohio (1974-1998) and in November, 1998, returned to space 36 years after his original journey as the oldest American astronaut. "God speed, Brother Glenn!"1921-
Grissom, Virgil "Gus"Astronaut who made the second crewed spaceflight in 1961, he was tragically killed in a launch pad explosion in 1967.
Irwin, James B.American astronaut, he was a member of the 4th moon landing team.



Music
Acuff, Roy"King of Country Music"
Althouse, MonroeDirector, Ringgold Band of Pennsylvania.
Antheil, GeorgeEccentric 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.
Arnold, EddieCountry Music legend and member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Bagley, Edward E.Composer of 'National Emblem' march.
Basie, William 'Count'Orchestra leader/composer.
Berlin, IrvingEntertainer 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).
Bortnyansky, Dimitry StepanovichGenius 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 empire.
Clark, RoyCountry-Western star and singer; member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Cohan, George M.American composer and lyricist, famous for such songs as "Yankee Doodle Dandy".
Cole, Nat 'King'Great pianist and ballad singer.
Dickens, Little JimmyGrand Old Opry member.
Ellington, DukeAmerican 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.
Hampton, LionelBest known for playing the vibraphones, he is a jazz giant.
Haydn, Franz JosephAustrian composer who exerted great influence on the development of the classical symphony.
Ives, BurlLegendary entertainer and ballad singer.
Johansson, BengtFinnish composer.
Kahn, GusSongwriter for Broadway and Hollywood musicals. His songs include "Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye", "It had to be you" and "Yes Sir, That's My Baby".
King, Karl L.One of America's top four march composers (1891-1971).
Kostiainen, PekkaFinnish Composer.
McCoy, Clyde L.Inventor of the 'wah-wah- trumpet and talented arranger.
Melchior, LauritzOne of the world's foremost Wagnerian tenors.
Mokranjac, StevanSerbian composer (1856-1914).
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.
Sax, Antoine JosephMusician who invented the Saxophone (1846).
Sibelius, JeanFinnish 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.
Smith, John StaffordComposer, and musical scholar, born in England. He wrote vocal music, and the tune of "The Star-spangled Banner', the US National Anthem.
Sousa, John PhilipU.S. Marine Band leader from 1880 - 1892, he wrote numerous marches including the US's 'national march', "The Stars and Stripes Forever".
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.
Walker, CharlieCountry music singer and legendary member of the Grand Ole Opry.



Writers and Poets
Anderson, BradCartoonist and creator of the popular 'Marmaduke' comic strip.
Bahr, HermannAustrian writer, essayist and critic, he was an intellectual interpreter of his time.
Beard, Daniel CarterAmerican writer and illustrator. In 1905, he founded the Sons of Daniel Boone which in 1910 became the first Boy Scout organization in the US.
Burns, RobertThe 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 Scotland!
Clemens, Samuel L. - Mark TwainWriter and humorist. His famous works include the characters of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
Collodi, CarloWriter of 'Pinocchio'.
Darrah, DelmarStimulus, 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.
Doyle, Sir Arthur ConanBritish physician and writer, creator of the famous "Sherlock Holmes".
Gibbon, EdwardWriter, 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.
Gray, Harold LincolnCreator of "Little Orphan Annie"
Kheraskov, MikhailJournalist, publisher and trustee of Moscow University.
Wilder, Laura Ingalls*Please don't write to me saying "She's not a Mason!" I know. She was the author of 'Little House on the Prairie' books and active in Eastern Star, an organization which requires a Masonic relative! (She's part of the 'Masonic Family'!)



Mayors and Governors
Archer, DennisMayor of Detroit, Michigan.
Barnes, Roy80th/Present (1999) Governor of Georgia.
Bates, FrederickGovernor of Missouri.
Bond, ShadrachFirst Grand Master of Freemasons and first Governor of Illinois.
Clinton, De WittMayor of New York City, Governor of New York, and presidential candidate, he also served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New York.
Daub, HalMayor of Omaha, Nebraska (2001).
Douglas, JamesBecame Governor of Vermont in 2003.

Durbin, Winfield Taylor
was born at Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the son of a tanner. He attended the common schools of Washington County and, after serving in the Civil War, he enrolled in a commercial college at St. Louis. He spent ten years in Indianapolis working for a dry goods firm, then moved to Anderson, where he worked for his father-in-law as a banker and engaged in independent operations as a manufacturer. A dedicated party man, he was a member of the Republican state committee from 1890 to 1897, including four years as chairman of the executive committee.
Durbin was appointed colonel of the Indiana volunteer regiment in the Spanish-American War, and in 1900, after his return from Cuba, he was elected governor. As governor he took firm action against lynching and advocated both better highways and more state regulation of automobiles. He also ran for governor in 1912, but he lost to Samuel M. Ralston. He died a millionaire in 1928.
Durbin was enthusiastic about military appurtenances-uniforms, drill, etc.-and was a devoted Knight Templar and G.A.R. member.
Brother Durbin was made a Master Mason in Ancient Landmarks Lodge No. 319, F. &. A. M., Indianapolis, Indiana, February 21, 1871. After moving to Anderson, Indiana he demitted to Mount Moriah Lodge No. 77, F. &. A. M., January 2, 1885. He was mad a Royal Arch Mason in Keystone Chapter No. 6, Indianapolis, April 1, 1875, and later became a member of Anderson Chapter No. 52. He was knighted in Raper Commandery No. 1, August 4, 1877. He was one of the petitioners for a commandery at Anderson which was chartered in 1885, and of which he was named Eminent Commander. He was started in the Grand Commandery line in 1890, and also was appointed Inspector General and as such did meritorious work. He was regularly advanced in line and served as Grand Commander of Indiana in 1896.
In the Scottish Rite, Brother Durbin received the Fourteenth Degree in Indianapolis, January 27, 1875. On his removal to Anderson he did not continue the work and it was not until December 9, 1886, that he received the Thirty-second Degree at Indianapolis. He was made an honorary member of the Supreme Council, Thirty-third Degree, September 19, 1899, and as crowned an active member for Indiana September 20, 1917. His Son William N. Durbin , of Anderson, also is a member of the Indianapolis bodies.
Janos, PaulMayor of Tarrytown, NY (2000).
King, WilliamFirst Governor of Maine and first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Maine, he held both offices simultaneously.
Marsh, HenryFirst Black Mayor of Richmond, Virginia (1977).

O'Bannon, Frank
who was elected Nov. 5, 1996, and Nov. 7, 2000, was a tenacious consensus-builder who quietly pressed others to do the right thing for the people of Indiana, especially children. O'Bannon’s concern for children was reflected in his inaugurations, which made history for very different reasons. He invited Indiana’s fourth-grade students – who study Indiana history – to witness his Jan. 13, 1997, inauguration, something no governor had ever done. Despite sub-zero temperatures, hundreds of Hoosier school children, for the first time ever, watched as their governor was sworn in at a ceremony on the west side of the Statehouse.
After his reelection, the governor repeated his invitation to a new crop of fourth-grade history students. Recalling the daunting weather, organizers moved the festivities inside the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. More than 25,000 students and visitors watched as the first governor of the 21st century was sworn in Jan. 8, 2001, making it the largest gubernatorial inauguration crowd in Indiana history.
O’Bannon’s love of children showed in his agenda. He created Building Bright Beginnings to emphasize the importance of emotional and brain development of children from birth to 4 years of age. Under his leadership, Hoosier Healthwise provided health care to nearly half a million children who did not have insurance, making Indiana a national leader. And working with Suellen Reed, the superintendent of public instruction, O’Bannon induced the strangest of political bedfellows to join the Education Roundtable, which tackled the most intractable problems facing public schools. The results – some of the toughest academic standards and accountability system in the country – ensured that Indiana was one of the first states to meet new federal standards, its children learned more and Hoosier schools improved significantly.
In 2002, O’Bannon persuaded lawmakers to restructure the state’s tax system, making it more conducive to job creation, and to extend $1 billion in property tax relief to homeowners, mitigating the effects of a court-ordered change in Indiana’s method of assessing property.
In 2003, he persuaded the legislature to pass Energize Indiana, a comprehensive economic development package that took advantage of Indiana’s economic promise in four high-tech sectors: the life sciences, advanced manufacturing, information technology and distribution.
In both of those years, O’Bannon, unlike any other governor in the nation, took steps to mitigate a serious budget deficit and addressed long-term ways to improve the economy.
O’Bannon created the state’s first Community College system, providing a higher education alternative for Hoosiers for whom a four-year college was not a good fit, and moved people with developmental disabilities from state institutions to less-restrictive community settings. He firmly believed in open government and the freedom of the press, and created the state’s first public access counselor to help citizens get government information.
O’Bannon was the first Indiana governor to have a computer on his desk and used the Internet and e-mail long before that became routine.
O’Bannon served eight years as lieutenant governor (1989 to 1996) and 18 years as a state senator from Corydon, representing all or part of eight Southern Indiana counties. He was Senate Finance chairman for two years and Democratic floor leader for 11. Throughout his public career, he was chairman of the O'Bannon Publishing Co., which published weekly newspapers in Harrison and Crawford counties.
O'Bannon was graduated from Corydon High School in 1948 and received a bachelor's degree in government from Indiana University in 1952. He served two years in the U.S. Air Force, returning to Bloomington to earn a law degree from IU in 1957. That same year, he married Judy Asmus, whom he met on a blind date. As first lady, Judy O’Bannon promoted the arts, community development and historic preservation. The O’Bannons had three children and five grandchildren.
O’Bannon, 73, was felled by a stroke Sept. 8, 2003, while attending an international trade meeting in Chicago and died five days later, 16 months before his term was to end. A Statehouse visitation featuring his official portrait drew thousands of mourners, who wrote condolences and memories in books. More than 5,000 people attended a memorial service on the west steps of the Statehouse, the site of his first inauguration. It was followed by a hometown service attended by more than 3,000 people in Corydon.
Brother O'Bannon was a Member of Pisgah Lodge No. 32, F. & A. M. in Corydon, Indiana

Smith, Kevin S.
Mayor of Anderson, Indiana (2004-). Member of Mount Moriah Lodge No. 77, F. &. A. M. in Anderson, Indiana.



Famous Foreigners
Abbott, Sir John J.C.Canadian politician who served as Prime Minister (1891-1892).
Aguinaldo, EmilioPresident of the Philippines, he declared their independence in 1898.
Arthur William Patrick Albert / Prince ArthurThird son of Queen Victoria and the longest serving Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England.
Allen, Charles H.First Governor of Puerto Rico (1800-1802) when it was freed of its 400 year despotic rule by Spain.
André, Major JohnBritish soldier who attempted to assist Benedict Arnold in his treasonous betrayal of West Point. He was sentenced to death and hanged in 1790.
Bahamonde, Ramon FrancoAn 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 into Freemasonry.
Baldry, TonyCurrent (1999) UK Member, House of Commons.
Barton, EdmundSpeaker of the legislative assembly, New South Wales, Australia, Attorney General, and judge of the Australian high court.
Benes, EduardPresident 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 1930-1935.
Borden, Sir Robert LairdPrime Minister of Canada during World War I.
Bowell, Sir MackenzieBritish-born Canadian Prime Minister 1894-96 who later led the Conservative opposition.
Bruce, James of KinnairdScottish 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 knows how!
Churchill, WinstonBritish 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.
Cook, JosephBritish.
delPilar, MarceloThe "Father of Philippine Masonry", a lawyer who founded the first daily newspaper published in the native Tagalog language.
Diefenbaker, John G.Prime Minister of Canada 1957-63.
Edward VIIPrince of Wales and subsequently King of England.
Edward VIIIKing of England who abdicated the throne in less than 1 year in order to marry the woman he loved.
Elgin, LordIn addition to being the Chief of the Name of Bruce, he is the Convenor 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.
Fernández-Juncos, ManuelHero of Puerto Rico, the capital's second most important boulevard is named after him.
Foelsche, PaulFirst police inspector in Australia's Northwest Territories.
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.
George VIKing of England during World War II.



Artists
Ames, EzraPortrait painter who painted portraits of Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Martin Van Buren, George Clinton, DeWitt Clinton.
Bartholdi, Frederic A.French sculptor best known for his figure of Liberty Enlightening the World, the Statue of Liberty, in New York Harbor.
Borglum, Gutzon & LincolnFather and Son who carved the presidential busts on Mt. Rushmore.
Fiala, AnthonyWar correspondent and famous photographer of Brazilian and polar expeditions.
Hoban, JamesIrish-born American architect who designed and supervised the construction (1793-1801) and renovation (1815-1829) of the White House in Washington, DC.



Explorers and Frontiersman
Boone, DanielMythologized 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." (Hammon, Neal O. (ed.) "My Father, Daniel Boone- The Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone." Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 1999. p. 139.).
Carson, Christopher 'Kit'Frontiersman, scout and explorer
Clark, WilliamAmerican 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).
Cody, William 'Buffalo Bill'American guide, scout and showman, he founded the "Wild West Show" which toured Europe and America. Cody, Wyoming is named after him.
Crockett, David 'Davy'Frontiersman and politician. US Representative from Tennessee (1827-1830; 1833-1834) who joined the Texas revolutionaries fighting against. Mexico. He died at the siege of the Alamo.1786-1836
Greeley, AdolphusNoted polar explorer, a US stamp honors his achievements.
Henson, MatthewSole 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.
Kane, Elisha KentPolar explorer and physician.