Famous Masons

Reproduced from the Grand lodge of the State of Louisiana, with their permission and our gratitude.



US Presidents


Buchanan, James - President of the US

Ford, Gerald R. - President of the US

Garfield, James A. - President of the US

Harding, Warren G. - President of the US

Jackson, Andrew - President of the US

Johnson, Andrew - President of the US

McKinley, William - President of the US

Monroe, James - President of the US

Polk, James Knox - President of the US

Roosevelt, Franklin D. - President of the US

Roosevelt, Theodore - President of the US

Taft, William Howard - President of the US

Truman, Harry S. - President of the US

Washington, George - President of US, 1st


Supreme Court Justices

Black, Hugo L. - Supreme Court Justice

Blair, Jr., John - Supreme Court Justice

Blatchford, Samuel - Supreme Court Justice

Baldwin, Henry - Supreme Court Justice

Burton, Harold H. - Supreme Court Justice

Byrnes, James F. - Supreme Court Justice

Catton, John - Supreme Court Justice

Clark, Thomas C. - Supreme Court Justice

Clarke, John H. - Supreme Court Justice

Cushing, William - Supreme Court Justice

Devanter, Willis Van - Supreme Court Justice

Douglas, William O. - Supreme Court Justice

Ellsworth, Oliver - Supreme Court Justice

Field, Stephen J. - Supreme Court Justice

Harlan, John M. - Supreme Court Justice

Jackson, Robert H. - Supreme Court Justice

Lamar, Joseph E. - Supreme Court Justice

Marshall, John - Chief Justice US Supreme Court 1801 - 1835

Marshall, Thurgood - Supreme Court Justice

Mathews, Stanley - Supreme Court Justice

Minton, Sherman - Supreme Court Justice

Moody, William H. - Supreme Court Justice

Nelson, Samuel - Supreme Court Justice

Paterson, William - Supreme Court Justice

Pitney, Mahlon - Supreme Court Justice

Reed, Stanley F. - Supreme Court Justice

Rutledge, Wiley B. - Supreme Court Justice

Stewart, Potter - Supreme Court Justice

Swayne, Noah H. - Supreme Court Justice

Todd, Thomas - Supreme Court Justice

Trimble, Robert - Supreme Court Justice

Vinson, Frederick M. - Supreme Court Justice

Warren, Earl - Supreme Court Justice

Woodbury, Levi - Supreme Court Justice

Woods, William B. - Supreme Court Justice


Arnold, General Henry "Hap" - Commander of the Army Air Force

Bradley, Omar N. - Military leader

Byrd, Admiral Richard E. - Flew over North Pole

Doolittle, General James - Famous Air Force Pilot

Jones, John Paul - First Admiral of the US Navy

Lafayette, Marquis de - Supporter of American Freedom

Lindbergh, Charles - Aviator

MacArthur, General Douglas - Commander of Armed Forces in Philippines

Marshall, George - General of the Armies

McClellan, General George B. - Army of the Potomac, Presidential candidate against Abe Lincoln, faced General Robert E. Lee at the battle of Antietam and twice Governor of New Jersey.

Montgomery, Richard Major General - Fist General Officer of the Continental Army killed in the Battle for Quebec on Dec 31, 1775.

Murphy, Audie - Most decorated soldier of WWII

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

Pershing, John Joseph - Decorated American Soldier

Rickenbacker, Eddie - Great American Air Force Ace

Tirpitz, Alfred Von - German Naval officer responsible for submarine warfare


Cobb, Ty - An original member of the Baseball Hall of Fame

Combs, Earle Bryan - Baseball Hall of Fame

Dempsey, Jack - Sports

Hornsby, Rogers - A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame

Naismith, James - Inventor of Basketball

Palmer, Arnold - Golf Pro


Autry, Gene - Actor

Borgnine, Ernest - Actor

Burns, Robert - The National Poet of Scotland

Casanova - Italian Adventurer, writer and entertainer

Clemens, Samuel L. - Mark Twain - writer

Cohan, George M. - Broadway star

Collodi, Carlo - Writer of Pinocchio

Doyle, Sir Author Conan - Writer - Sherlock Holmes

Fairbanks, Douglas - Silent film actor

Fields, W.C. - Actor

Gable, Clark - Actor

Gibbon, Edward - Writer - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Godfrey, Arthur - Actor

Gray, Harold Lincoln - Creator of "Little Orphan Annie

Hardy, Oliver - Actor - Comedian

Kipling, Rudyard - Writer

Lincoln, Elmo - First actor to play Tarzan of the Apes (1918)

Mix, Tom - US Marshal turned actor. Stared in over 400 western films

Murphy, Audie - Most decorated American Soldier of WWII

Pushkin, Aleksander - Russian Poet

Rogers, Roy - American cowboy and screen star

Rogers, Will - Actor

Scott, Sir Walter - Writer

Sellers, Peter - Actor

Shakespeare, William - Writer

Swift, Jonathan - Wrote Gulliver's Travels

Voltaire - French writer and philosopher

Wallace, Lewis - Wrote "Ben Hur"

Wayne, John - Actor

Musicians\ Entertainers

Bassie, William "Count" - Orchestra leader/composer

Berlin, Irving - Entertainer

Clark, Roy - Country Western Star

Dickens, Little Jimmy - Grand Ole Opry Star

Ellington, Duke - Composer, Arranger and Stylist

Jolson, Al - Fame as the first 'talking picture' the Jazz Singer

Key, Francis Scott - Wrote US National Anthem

Lloyd, Harold C. - Entertainer

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Composer

Sax, Antoine Joseph - Invented the Saxophone (1846)

Sibelius, Jean - Composer (Finland)

Skelton, Red - Entertainer

Smith, John Stafford - Wrote the music that became the US National Anthem.

Sousa, John Philip - Led the US Marine Band from 1880 - 1892

Stratton, Charles "Tom Thumb" - Entertainer

Tillis, Mel - Country Singer

Whiteman, Paul - "King of Jazz"

Government Leaders

Abbott, Sir John J.C. - Prime Minister of Canada 1891-92

Bennett, Viscount R.B. - Prime Minister of Canada 1930-35

Borden, Sir Robert L. - Prime Minister of Canada 1911-1920

Bowell, Sir Mackenzie - Prime Minister of Canada 1894-96

Churchill, Winston - British Leader

Diefenbaker, John G. - Prime Minister of Canada 1957-63

Edward VII - King of England

Edward VIII - King of England who abdicated the throne in less than 1 year

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

MacDonald, Sir John A. - Prime Minister of Canada 1867-73 & 1878-91

Nunn, Sam - US Senator

Wallace, Governor George C. - Presidential Candidate who was nearly assassinated


Aldrin, Edwin E. - Astronaut

Glenn, John H. - First American to orbit the earth in a space craft

Grissom, Virgil - Astronaut

Early American Pioneers

Austin, Stephen F. - Father of Texas

Bowie, James - Alamo

Brant, Joseph - Chief of the Mohawks 1742 - 1807

Burnett, David G. - 1st President of the Republic of Texas

Carson, Christopher "Kit" - Frontiersman, scout and explorer

Clark, William - Explorer

Cody, "Buffalo Bill" William - Indian fighter, Wild West Show

Colt, Samuel - Firearms inventor

Crockett, David - American Frontiersman and Alamo fame

Henry, Patrick - Patriot

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

Jones, Anson - 5th President of the Republic of Texas

Lamar, Mirabeau B. - 3rd President of the Republic of Texas

Lewis, Meriwether - Explorer

Livingston, Robert - Co-Negotiator for purchase of Louisiana Territory

Revere, Paul - Famous American

Travis, Colonel William B. - Alamo

Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Franklin, Benjamin - 1 of 13 Masonic signers of Constitution of the US

Hancock, John - 1of 9 Masonic signers of Declaration of Independence

Other Famous Masons

Balfour, Lloyd - Jewelry

Bartholdi, Frederic A. - Designed the Statue of Liberty

Baylor, Robert E. B. - Founder Baylor University

Beard, Daniel Carter - Founder Boy Scouts

Bell, Lawrence - Bell Aircraft Corp.

Borglum, Gutzon & Lincoln - Father and Son who carved Mt. Rushmore

BuBois, W.E.B. - Educator/scholar

Calvo, Father Francisco - Catholic Priest who started Freemasonry in Costa Rica 1865

Chrysler, Walter P. - Automotive fame

Citroen, Andre - French Engineer and motor car manufacturer

Desaguliers, John Theophilus - Inventor of the planetarium

Dow, William H. - Dow Chemical Co.

Drake, Edwin L - American Pioneer of the Oil industry

Dunant, Jean Henri - Founder of the Red Cross

Ervin Jr, Samual J. - Headed "Watergate" committee

Faber, Eberhard - Head of the famous Eberhard Fabor Pencil Company

Fisher, Geoffrey - Archbishop of Canterbury 1945 - 1961

Fitch, John - Inventor of the Steamboat

Fleming, Sir Alexander - Invented Penicillin

Ford, Henry - Pioneer Automobile Manufacturer

Gatling, Richard J. - Built the "Gatling Gun"

Gilbert, Sir William S. - Was the librettis for "Pirates of Penance"

Gillett, King C. - Gillett Razor Co.

"Grock - Swiss Circus Clown

Guillotin, Joseph Ignace - Inventor of the "Guillotin"

Hedges, Cornelius - "Father" of Yellowstone National Park

Henson, Josiah - Inspired the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin"

Hilton, Charles C. - American Hotelier

Hoban, James - Architect for the US Capital

Hoe, Richard M. - Invented the rotary press, revolutionizing newspaper printing

Hoover, J. Edgar - Director of FBI

Houdini, Harry - Magician

Jenner, Edward - Inventor - Vaccination

Jones, Melvin - One of the founders of the Lions International

Lake, Simon - Built first submarine successful in open sea.

Land, Frank S. - Founder Order of DeMolay

Lipton, Sir Thomas - Tea

Marshall, James W. - Discovered Gold at Sutter's Mill California 1848

Mayer, Louis B. - Film producer who merged to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Mayo, Dr. William and Charles - Began Mayo Clinic

Maytag, Fredrick - Maytag

Menninger, Karl A. - Psychiatrist famous for treating mental illness

Michelson, Albert Abraham - Successfully measured the speed of light in 1882

Montgolfier, Jacques Etienne - Co-developer of the first practical hot-air balloon

New, Harry S. - Postmaster General who established Airmail

Newton, Joseph Fort - Christian Minister

Olds, Ransom E. - American automobile pioneer

Otis, James - Famous for "Taxation without Representation is Tyranny"

Papst, Charles F. - Coined the term "Athletes Foot"

Peale, Norman Vincent - Founder of "Guidepost"

Penny, James C. - Retailer

Poinsett, Joel R. - US Minister to Mexico who developed the flower: Poinsettia

Pullman, George - Built first sleeping car on train.

Ringling Brothers - All 7 brothers and their father were Masons.

Salten, Felix - Creator of Bambi

Sarnoff, David - Father of T.V.

Schoonover, George - Founder of "The Builder"

Stanford, Leland - Drove the gold spike linking the intercontinental railroad

Stanford, Leland - Railroads & Stanford University

Still, Andrew T. - American Physician who devised treatment of Osteopathy

Teets, John W. - Chairman and President of Dial Corporation

Thomas, Dave - Founder of Wendys Restaurant

Thomas, Lowell - Brought Lawrence of Arabia to public notice

Wadlow, Robert Pershing - Tallest human on record being almost 9 feet tall

Warner, Jack - Warner Brothers Fame

Webb, Matthew - First man to swim the English Channel (1875)

Wyler, William - Director of "Ben Hur"

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

Ziegfeld, Florenz - His Ziegfeld's Follies began in 1907

Florida Notable Masons

Askew, Reubin O'Donovan - Before becoming the Governor of Florida, Reubin O'Donovan Askew received a B.S. from Florida State University and an LL.B. from the University of Florida. He enlisted in the United States paratroopers in 1946 as a private and was discharged as a sergeant in 1948. He served in the Air Force from 1951-1953 as a second lieutenant.

Askew began his political career when he was elected Representative of the Florida Legislature in 1958. He served as representative until 1962, when he was elected Senator of Florida. He served in that capacity until 1970. In 1971, Askew was elected Governor of Florida, where he served until 1979.

Askew delivered the Keynote Address at the Democratic National Convention in 1972. He was elected Chairman of the Democratic Governors' Conference in 1978. Askew was appointed to the Cabinet position of United States Trade Representative by President Jimmy Carter. In 1983, Askew was a presidential candidate.

Askew was a member of Escambia Chapter in Pensacola, Florida. He was initiated in 1944. He received the Legion of Honor in 1971. Askew was a member of the first class to be inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on November 13, 1986.

Call, Richard Keith (1792–1862)- Grand Master in 1850. Third and fifth territorial governor. Oil on canvas, artist unknown, 19th century

Richard Call, the namesake of his uncle, a Revolutionary War hero, was born in Virginia on October 24, 1792. He came to Florida in 1814 as the personal aide of Andrew Jackson, returned with him to Pensacola in 1821 to set up the new territorial government, and decided in 1822 to make Florida his home. He served as a member of the Legislative Council, a delegate to Congress, and, finally, territorial governor.

Call led the Florida militia in fighting the Seminoles during his first term. During his second administration as governor, he moved the territory closer to statehood and tried to minimize the financial problems that Florida experienced because of bank failures and the national business depression.

Call built an estate in Tallahassee, called "The Grove," in the 1830s. The structure, now on the National Register of Historic Places, later became the home of another governor, LeRoy Collins, and his wife Mary Call Collins, a descendant of Governor Call. Richard Keith Call died at The Grove on September 14, 1862.

Gilchrist, Albert Waller (1858–1926) - Grand Master 1911 & 1912 - Twentieth governor. Albert W. Gilchrist was born at Greenwood, S.C., on January 15, 1858. He was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and later became a civil engineer, real estate dealer, and orange grower in Punta Gorda. Gilchrist was a brigadier general of the Florida militia until 1898, when he volunteered for service in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. He achieved the rank of captain in the regular army and was mustered out of national service in 1899.

Gilchrist was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1893 until 1905 and was its speaker in 1905. As governor, Gilchrist sponsored legislation to safeguard the public health. He died in New York City on May 15, 1926.

Hardy, Oliver - Actor - Comedian

Ross, David Gray - David Gray Ross has devoted most of his career to public service. He had spent most of his adult life on issues surrounding children and families.

After graduating from high school, Ross joined the Army Reserves. While attending law school, Ross was recalled to active duty as an Engineer Company Commander with the United States Army in September 1961 for the Berlin Crisis. He returned to law school on a part-time basis. Ross remained in the Army National Guard, U.S. Army, and Army Reserves until December 1982, when he retired. Upon his retirement, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

For most of Ross's career, he was a children's advocate. A former prosecutor in the District of Columbia, a former Circuit Court Judge in Maryland, and a former member of the Maryland Legislature, Ross brought experience from all branches and levels of government to his new role as head of the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement in 1994.

Ross is truly an advocate for children. Ross experienced and saw firsthand the need to improve the system so that children can be raised out of poverty and placed in loving and nurturing environments. On a daily basis, Ross made decisions which altered people's lives in an important way. Ross has been involved in making the laws, prosecuting the laws, interpreting the laws, and rendering judgments under those laws. He is responsible for the administration of our national child support program.

Ross was initiated into Robert Le Bruce Chapter in Washington, D.C., in 1950, where he served as State Master Councilor of the District of Columbia and Master Councilor of Robert Le Bruce Chapter. He is a Representative DeMolay and received the Chevalier in 1960 and the Legion of Honor in 1971. Ross serves as a Deputy member of DeMolay's International Supreme Council. Ross is a Mason, and a member of both the Scottish Rite and the Shrine. Ross was inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on June 13, 1997.

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