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.

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 Presidents of the United States of America

  • George Washington
  • James Monroe
  • Andrew Jackson
  • James K. Polk
  • James Buchanan
  • Andrew Johnson
  • James Garfield
  • William McKinley
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • William Taft
  • Warren Harding
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Harry S. Truman
  • Lyndon B. Johnson (EAM)
  • Gerald Ford

Masonic Founding Fathers of the United States of America

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • John Hancock
  • Joseph Warren
  • Paul Revere
  • Henry Knox
  • John Blair William
  • John Sullivan
  • John Paul Jones
  • Mordecai Gist
  • Edmund Randolph
  • John Marshall

Freemason Military & Political Leaders

  • Gen Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold
  • Gen. Omar Bradley
  • Sir Winston Churchill
  • Adm. William Crowe
  • Gen Geo. Marshall

Famous Freemason Entrepreneurs

  • John Jacob Astor
  • Walter Chrysler
  • John Eberhard Faber
  • Henry Ford
  • King Gillette
  • Arthur Godfrey
  • Charles Hilton
  • Andrew Mellon
  • J. C. Penny
  • Nathan Rothschild
  • Dave Thomas

Famous Freemason Actors & Directors

  • James Monroe
  • Gene Autry
  • Ernest Borgnine
  • Eddie Cantor
  • Cecil B. DeMille
  • Douglas Fairbanks
  • W. C. Fields
  • Glenn Ford
  • Clark Gable
  • Oliver Hardy
  • Harry Houdini
  • Al Jolson
  • Louis Mayer
  • Tom Mix
  • Roy Rogers
  • "Red" Skelton
  • John Wayne

Famous Freemason Authors

  • James Boswell
  • Robert Burns
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • William S Gilbert
  • Wolfgang Goethe
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Alexander Pope
  • Aleksander Pushkin
  • Sir Walter Scott
  • Jonathan Swift
  • Anthony Trotlope
  • Oscar Wilde

Famous Freemason Musicians

  • Roy Acuff
  • Irving Berlin
  • Brad Paisley
  • Roy Clark
  • George M. Cohan
  • Little Jimmy Dickens
  • Duke Ellington
  • 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
  • William Clark
  • Elisha Kane
  • Charles Lindbergh
  • Meriwether Lewis
  • Robert Perry
  • Robert Scott
  • Lowell Thomas

Famous Freemason Astronauts

  • Col. Edwin "Buzz” Aldrin
  • Gordon Cooper
  • John Glenn
  • Virgil "Gus" Grissom
  • James Irwin

Freemason Sports Greats

  • Ty Cobb
  • Mickey Cochrane
  • Eddie Collins
  • Shaq O'Neal
  • Bob Feller
  • Jimmy Foxx
  • Frankie Frisch
  • Rogers Hornsby
  • Carl Hubbell
  • Christy Mathewson
  • Willie Mays
  • Pie Traynor
  • Tris Speaker
  • Honus Wagner
  • Denton True "Cy" Young

For a great read on famous Freemasons, specifically American Freemasons, I highly recommend Todd Creason's aptly titled, "Famous American Freemasons" The book consists of twenty-eight brief profiles of some of the most famous and influential Freemasons of America. This is not a book about Freemasonry, but a book about Freemasons. Creason does a wonderful job of illustrating the type of men who choose to become Freemasons and the kind of men that Freemasonry creates.

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