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Famous Freemasons in History


Throughout the history of Freemasonry many men of influence and accomplishment have been drawn to the fellowship of the fraternity. Some, by society's standards, were successful men before they petitioned for membership. Others went on to accomplish great things because they put into practice the lessons and teachings of Masonry.


Besides George Washington, many of our founding fathers were Freemasons, including Benjamin Franklin (who served as Grand Master of Pennsylvania), John Hancock, and seven other signers of the Declaration of Independence, as well as Thomas Paine, John Paul Jones, General Lafayette, Paul Revere and many of the participants in the Boston Tea Party.


The Masonic Presidents

George Washington



1st President

James Monroe



5th President

Andrew Jackson



7th President

James K. Polk

James K.


11th President

James Buchanan



15th President

Andrew Johnson



17th President

James A. Garfield

James A.


20th President

William McKinley



25th President

Theodore Roosevelt



26th President

William Howard Taft

William Howard


27th President

Warren G. Harding

Warren G.


29th President

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D.


32nd President

Harry S. Truman

Harry S.


33rd President

Gerald R. Ford

Gerald R.


38th President


Below is a partial list of the famous Freemasons we have thus far identified. No doubt there are many more. Some may choose not to be publicly identified due to their position and the confusion that surrounds membership in the Craft. We will endeavor to continue to add to this list bearing in mind the proper considerations to privacy.


Masonic Founding Fathers of the United States of America

  • Benjamin Franklin

  • John Hancock

  • Joseph Warren

  • Henry Knox

  • John Blair Williams

  • John Sullivan

  • John Paul Jones

  • Mordecai Gist

  • Edmund Randolph

  • John Marshall

Masonic Military & Political Leaders

  • Gen Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold

  • Gen. Omar Bradley

  • Sir Winston Churchill

  • Adm. William Crowe

  • Gen Geo. Marshall

  • Gen. Douglas Macarthur

  • Audie Murphy

  • Gen. John Pershing

  • Eddie Rickenbacker

Masonic Entrepreneurs

  • John Jacob Astor

  • Walter Chrysler

  • John Eberhard Faber

  • Henry Ford

  • King Gillette

  • Charles Hilton

  • Andrew Mellon

  • J.C. Penny

  • Nathan Rothschild

  • Arthur Godfrey

Famous Freemason Actors & Directors

  • James Monroe

  • Gene Autry

  • Ernest Borgnine

  • Eddie Cantor

  • Cecil B. DeMille

  • Douglas Fairbanks

  • W.C. Field

  • Glenn Ford

  • Clark Gable

  • Oliver Hardy

  • Harry Houdini

  • Al Jolson

  • Louis Mayer

  • Tom Mix

  • Roy Rodgers

  • "Red" Skelton

  • John Wayne

Famous Freemason Authors

  • James Boswell

  • Robert Burns

  • Arthur Conan Doyle

  • William S. Gillbert

  • Wolfgang Goethe

  • Rudyard Kipling

  • Alexander Pope

  • Aleksander Pushkin

  • Sir Walter Scott

  • Jonathan Swift

  • Anthony Trotlope

  • Oscar Wilde

Famous Freemason Musicians

  • Irving Berlin

  • Roy Clark

  • George M. Cohan

  • Franz Josef Haydn

  • Ferlin Huskey

  •  Franz Liszt

  • Wolfgang Mozart

  • Jan Sibelius

  • John Phillip Sousa

  • Mel Tillis

  • Burl Ives

  • Hank Thompson

  • Paul Whiteman

Freemason Frontiersmen

  • Kit Carson

  • "Buffalo Bill' Cody

  • Davie Crockett

  • Sam Houston

  • William Travis

Famous Freemason Explorers

  • Adm. James Bruce

  • Richard Byrd

  • Elisha Kane

  • Charles Lindbergh

  • Robert Perry

  • Robert Scott

  • Lowell Thomas

Famous Freemason Astronauts

  • Col "Buzz" A;drin

  • Gordon Cooper

  • John Glenn

  • Virgil "Gus" Grissom

  • James Irwin


Concordant Bodies


There are many organizations associated with Masonry. Some are for the family members of Masons, like Amaranth, DeMolay, Eastern Star, Job's Daughters, and Rainbow Girls. The Scottish and York Rite organizations are available to Master Masons who wish to learn the mysteries of Ancient Craft Masonry, while the Shrine clubs are social and charitable organizations.

  • Job's Daughters is an organization for young women 10 to 20 years old that have a relationship to a Master Mason. It teaches them important skills for life, such as leadership, organization, teamwork and self reliance. Its ritual is based on the Story of Job.

  • DeMolay is an organization for young men who are twelve years of age and completed the 7th grade or who are 13 to 21 years of age. It is dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives. Members of DeMolay develop civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills while building bonds of friendship and having fun. Local DeMolay groups are known as Chapters, and there are more than 1,000 chapters worldwide.

  • The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong. Eastern Star Chapters donate funds to a wide variety of worthy charities, including Cancer Research Project, Arthritis Fund, Heart Fund, Eye Foundation, and the Shriners' Hospitals for Children.

  • The Order of the Amaranth is a social, fraternal, and charitable organization whose membership is open to both men and women with a Masonic affiliation. Amaranth raises money to fight diabetes.

  • The Scottish Rite offers 30 degrees of Masonic light, In addition to sponsoring the Childhood Language Disorder Clinics, which treat children with hearing, speech, language, or learning challenges. The Scottish Rite degrees are divided into four parts: Lodge of Perfection, Chapter of the Rose Croix, Council of Kadosh, and the Consistory.

  • The York Rite is divided into three groups: Royal Arch, Cryptic Masons (Council) and the Knights Templar (Commandery). The Royal Arch helps fund research and treatment of Central Auditory Processing Disorder. Cryptic Masons support research in vascular diseases, and the Knights Templar provide research, surgical treatment, and hospitalization to those who suffer from diseases or injuries to the eyes.

  • The Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine was founded in 1872 by a group of 13 men belonging to the Masonic Order. It was originally established to provide fun and fellowship for its members. In 1920, the Shriners Hospital for Children was founded, and since then over 700,000 children have been treated, free of charge.







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