Most Freemasons are men who go about their jobs and professions with no hint that they are Freemasons except for the way they lead their lives. Many are recognizable by name, face, or accomplishment. George Washington and thirteen other Presidents, 18 of the 45 U.S. Vice Presidents (40%) and forty-two Justices of the Supreme Court have been Masons. There are currently about 4 Million Masons worldwide. Quite likely one of your neighbors is a Mason.
PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES (14):
George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman - Grand Master, Gerald R. Ford. Lyndon B. Johnson (EA)
VICE PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES (18):
George Clinton, Elbridge Gerry, Daniel D. Tompkins, Richard M. Johnson, George M. Dallas, William R. King, John C. Breckenridge, Andrew Johnson, Schuyler Colfax, Adlai E. Stevenson, Garret A. Hobart, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas R. Marshall, Henry A. Wallace, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson (E.A.), Hubert H. Humphrey, Gerald R. Ford
SUPREME COURT JUSTICES (35):
Hugo L. Black, John Blair, Jr., Samuel Blatchford, Henry Baldwin, Harold H. Burton, James F. Byrnes, John Catton, Thomas C. Clark, John H. Clarke, William Cushing, Willis Van Devanter, William O. Douglas, Oliver Ellsworth, Stephen J. Field, John M. Harlan, Robert H. Jackson, Joseph E. Lamar, John Marshall, - Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court 1801 - 1835, Thurgood Marshall, Stanley Mathews, Sherman Minton, William H. Moody, Samuel Nelson, William Paterson, Mahlon Pitney, Stanley F. Reed, Wiley B. Rutledge, Potter Stewart, Noah H. Swayne, Thomas Todd, Robert Trimble, Frederick M. Vinson, Earl Warren, Levi Woodbury, William B. Woods
SIGNERS OF THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION (8):
Daniel Carroll, Jonathan Bayard Smith, Henry Laurens, John Dickison, John Harvie, John Hancock, Cornelius Harnett, Daniel Roberdeau
SIGNERS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (10):
William Ellery RI, Benjamin Franklin PA, John Hancock MA, Joseph Hewes NC, William Hooper NC, Robert Treat Paine MA, Richard Stockton NJ, George Walton GA, William Whipple NH, Eldridge Gerry MA
SIGNERS OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION (12):
George Washington, Gunning Bedford Jr., Benjamin Franklin, John Blair, David Brearley, Rufus King, John Dickinson, Jacob Broom, Daniel Carroll, Jonathan Dayton, Nicholas Gilman, James McHenry
Fiorella H. La Guardia - Mayor of New York 1930s & 40s, General Omar Bradley - West Point Lodge No.877, NY
NEW YORK GOVERNORS:
19 Governors have been Masons. Listed with date of election, name, and location of his Lodge: George Clinton, 1777 and again in 1801, Warren Lodge 17 NYC; Morgan Lewis, 1804, Masters Lodge 5, Albany; Daniel D. Tompkins, 1807, Hiram Lodge 72, Mt. Pleasant; DeWItt Clinton, 1817, Holland Lodge 8, NYC; Joseph C. Yates, 1822, St. Georges Lodge 6, Schnectady, Hathaniel Pitcher, 1828, Livingston Lodge 28, Sandy Hill; John T. Hoffman, 1868; John Adams Dix, 1872; Roswell P. Flower, 1891, Watertown Lodge 49; Frank S. Black, 1896, King Soloman's Primitive Lodge, 91 Troy; Theodore Roosevlet, 1898, Matinecock Lodge 806, Oyster Bay; Benjamin B. Odell Jr., 1900, Newburgh Lodge 309; Frank W. Higgins,1904, Olean Lodge 242; John Alden Dix, 1910, Senate Lodge 456, Glens Falls; William Sulzer, 1912, Republic Lodge 690, NYC; Charles S. Whitman, 1914, Albion Lodge 27, NYC; Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1928, Holland Lodge 8, NYC; Herbert H. Lehman, 1932, Justice Lodge 753, NYC; and Thomas E. Dewey, 1942, Hane Lodge 454, NYC
AMERICA'S EARLY PATRIOTS: (other than Presidents):
Benjamin Franklin (Grand Master), John Hancock, Paul Revere (Grand Master), John Paul Jones, Marquis de Lafayette, Rufus King, James Otis, Baron von Steuben, Joseph Warren, James Otis - "Taxation without Representation is Tyranny", Benedict Arnold - (temporary patriot)
Aaron Burr, George McGovern, Barry Goldwater - U.S. Senator - Presidential Candidate, Thomas E. Dewey - Governor of New York, Alf Landon, Wendell Wilke, William Jennings Bryant - U.S. Secretary of State, Henry Clay - Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Benjamin A.Gilman - , Robert Livingston - American statesman and diplomat - Louisiana Territory, Charles E. Schumer - U.S. House of Representatives, Fiorello LaGuardi - Mayor of New York City, Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr - U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Estes Kefauver - U.S. Senator - Presidential Candidate, Lewis Cass - U.S. Senator, Henry Dodge - U.S. Senator, Samuel J. Ervin Jr. - U.S. Senator, Edmund G. Ross - U.S. Senator, Stuart Symington - U.S. Senator, Henry "Scoop" Jackson - U.S. Senator, Thomas Hart Benton - U.S. Senator, Robert J. "Bob" Dole - U.S. Senator - Presidential Candidate, Michael B. Enzi - U.S. Senator, Sam Nunn - U.S. Senator, Strom Thurmond - U.S. Senator, George C. Wallace - Governor, William King - Governor, Frederick Bates - Governor, John A. Quitman - Governor, Shadrach Bond - Governor, Roy Barnes - Governor
WORLDWIDE POLITICAL LEADERS:
Winston Churchill - British Leader, Simon Bolivar - "Liberator" of S America, Edmund Burke, Benito Juarez - President of Mexico, Edward VII - King of England, Edward VIII - King of England - Abdicated after 1 year, George VI - King of England during WWII, Bernardo O'Higgins, José de San Martin, Francisco de Paula Santander, José Rizal, José Marti, Pandit Nehru, Lajos Kossuth, Jonas Furrer, Guiseppe Mazzini, Eduard Benes - President of Czechoslovakia, Sir John A. MacDonald - Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John J. C. Abbott - Prime Minister of Canada, Sir Robert L. Borden - Prime Minister of Canada, Viscount R. B. Bennett - Prime Minister of Canada, Sir Mackenzie Bowell - Prime Minister of Canada, John G. Diefenbaker - Prime Minister of Canada, Charles H. Allen - 1st Governor of Puerto Rico, King Kamehameha, III, IV, & V - Monarchs of Hawaii, King David Kalakaua - last Monarch of Hawaii, Miguel Aleman - President of Mexico
General Omar Bradley - West Point Lodge No.877, NY, General John J. (Blackjack) Pershing, General Douglas McArthur - Commander of Armed Forces in the Philipines, General Winfield Scott, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker - Air Force Ace Pilot, Captain Jimmy Doolittle - Famous Air Force Pilot, General Mark Clark, General George C. Marshall, General Henry "Hap" Arnold - Commander of the Army Air Force, Admiral Richard E. Byrd - Flew over the North Pole, John Paul Jones - First Admiral of the U.S. Navy, Marquis de Lafayette - French Supporter of American Freedom, Charles Lindbergh - First pilot to cross the Atlantic, General George B. McClelland - (Army of the Potomac, Presidential candidate against Abraham Lincoln, faced General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Antietam and twice Governor of New Jersey), Major General Richard Montgomery - First General of the Continental Army killed in the Battle for Quebec, Audie Murphy - most decorated soldier of WWII, Robert E. Peary - First man to reach the North Pole in 1909, Alfred von Tirpitz - German Naval officer responsible for submarine warfare, Stuart Symington - First Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, , Admiral William Leahy, Admiral Ernest King, Admiral Chester Nimitz, Admiral William 'Bull' Halsey, General Carl Spaatz
REPUBLIC OF TEXAS:
Sam Houston 2nd & 4th President of the Republic of Texas, Stephen Austin - Father of Texas, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Colonel William B. Travis, David G. Burnett - 1st President of the Republic of Texas, Anson Jones - 5th President of the Republic of Texas, Mirabeau B. Lamar - 3rd President of the Republic of Texas, (and, it should be added, General Santa Ana)
EARLY AMERICAN PIONEERS:
Joseph Brant - Chief of the Mohawks 1742-1807, Christopher "Kit" Carson - Frontiersman, Scout & Explorer, WIlliam Clark - Explorer, Meriweather Lewis - Explorer (Lewis & Clark), William "Buffalo Bill" Cody - Indian fighter, Wild West Show, Samuel Colt - Firearms Inventor, Gatlin - invented the Gatlin Gun.
MUSIC & FINE ARTS:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (and his father, Leopold), Ludwig von Beethoven, Jean Sibelius, Franz Liszt, Josef Haydn, Irving Berlin, Gutzon Borglum, Charles W. Peale, Alfons M. Mucha, John Philip Sousa, both Gilbert & Sullivan, George Gershwin, George M. Cohan, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Signmund Romberg, Edward E. Bagley - "National Emblem" march, Duke Ellington, Francis Scott Key
John Wayne, Red Skelton, Clark Gable, W.C. Fields, Will Rogers, Burl Ives, Roy Rogers, Danny Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Oliver Hardy, Tom Mix, Audie Murphy, Gene Autry, Wallace Beery, Eddie Cantor, Eddie Arnold, Roy Acuff, Cecil B. DeMille, Louis B. Mayer - MGM, Michael Richards "Kramer", Brad Paisley (& his keyboardist Kendall Marcy) - received their 32° AASR on 10-28-06.
INDUSTRY & LABOR:
John Wanamaker, S.S. Kresge, J.C. Penney, John Jacob Astor, John L. Lewis, Dave Thomas - founder of Wendys, Charles Adams - NHL Developer, Harold Alfond - Dexter Shoe Company, Lloyd Balfour - Jewelry Lawrence Bell - Bell Aircraft Corp., Bartholomew Berthold Ballington Booth- Volunteers of America, Walter P Chrysler - Chrysler Corporation, Andre Citroen - Motor car manufacturer, Samuel Colt - Firearms, Robert E. B. Baylor - Baylor University, John T. Desaguliers - Planetarium, WIlliam Henry Dow - Dow Chemical Co., Edwin L. Drake - Oil industry, W.E.B. DuBois - Co-founder of the NAACP, Jean Henri Dunant - Red Cross, Eberhard Faber - Eberhard Faber Pencil Company, Sir Alexander Fleming - Penicillin, Henry Ford - Ford Motor Company, Richard J. Gatling - Gatling Gun, King C. Gillette - Gillette Safety Razor Co., Samuel Gompers, Joseph Ignace Guillotin - Guillotine, Richard M. Hoe - Inventor, Edward Jenner - Vaccination, Melvin Jones - Lions International, Simon Lake - Submarine, Frank S. Land - Order of DeMolay, Sir Thomas Lipton - Tea, John B. MacLean - MacLeans Magazine, Hart Massey - Farm equipment, Dr. William and Charles Mayo - Mayo Clinic, Fredrick Maytag - Washing machine, Clyde L. McCoy - wah-wah - trumpet, Andrew Mellon - Gulf Oil Corporation, George Jacob Mercherle - Founder of State Farm Insurance, Franz Anton Mesmer - Mesmerism, Albert Abraham Michelson - Speed of light, John Molson - Molson Breweries, Jacques Etienne Montgolfier - Hot-air balloon, Ransom E. Olds - Olds Motor Company, George Pullman - Sleeping car on train, David Sarnoff - RCA, Antoine Joseph Sax - Saxophone, Julius Earl Schaefer - Boeing, Wichita (Amasa) Leland Stanford - Railroad,s Andrew T. Still - Osteopathy, John W. Teets - Dial Corporation, Jack Warner - Warner Brothers, Darryl F. Zanuck - 20th Century Productions, C.D. Bradham - Pepsi Cola Company, Avery Bundage - US Olympic president, Curtis Carlson - Radisson Hotels, Dr. Gordon Farhrni - Iodized salt, Col. Harland Sanders - KFC, Walter Sheaffer - Sheaffer Pen Co., Amedeo Obici - Planters Peanut Co., John Fitch - The Steamboat Grock - Swiss Circus Clown, Charles C. Hilton - American Hotelier, Dr. Robert Morris - Poet and Founder of the Order of Eastern Star, James C. Penny - Retailer, George Schoonover - Founder "The Builder", Zebulon Pike - "Pike's Peak"
Meriwether Lewis & William Clark, Charles A. Lindberg, Kit Carson, Roald Amundsen, Adm. Richard Byrd, Commodore Robert Peary, Bro. Nathaniel Palmer, a discoverer of Antarctica honored on a US postage stamp.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Gotthold E. Lessing, Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet)
Ty Cobb - Baseball, Earl Bryan Combs - Baseball, Jack Dempsey - Boxer, Rogers Hornsby - Baseball, Theodore A. Lyons - Baseball, James Naismith - Invented the game of basketball, Arnold Palmer - Golf , "Sugar Ray" Robinson - Prizefighter, Alex G. Spanos - Owner of the San Diego Chargers, Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley - Stanley Cup, Mickey Cochrane - Baseball, Tris Speaker - Baseball, Bart Starr - Football, Cy Young - Baseball, Bob Feller, Paul "Dizzy" Trout, Harry Carey, Dell Rice, Jimmy Fox, Joe Tinker (of "Tinker to Evers to Chance"), Jack Arthur Johnson, John Elway, Football.
Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., Leroy Gordon Cooper, Donn F. Eisele, Virgil I. Grissom, Edgar D. Mitchell, Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Thomas P. Stafford, Paul J. Weitz, James B. Irwin, John Glenn.
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Sir Walter Scott, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Burns, Wassily I. Maikow, Heinrich Heine, Jean P.C. de Florian, Leopoldo Lugoner, Antonio de Castro Alves, James Boswell, Alexander Pushkin, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Francis J. Bellans - Pledge of Allegiance, Josiah Henson - "Uncle Tom's Cabin", William Shakespeare, Carlo Collodi - "Pinocchio", Felix Salten - "Bambi", Edward Gibbon - "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", Harold Lincoln Gray - "Little Orphan Annie", Aleksandr Sergeyvich Pushkin - Russian Poet, Jonathan Swift - "Gulliver's Travels", Booker T. Washington, George Trendle - "Lone Ranger"
John Marshall, Earl Warren, Thurgood Marshall, J. Edgar Hoover - Director of the FBI, Thomas Dewey - Lawyer
Drs. Alexander Fleming, Jules Bordet, Antoine DePage, Edward Jenner, Charles W. and William Mayo, Karl and William Menninger
Hans C. Orsted, Jons Jakob Frk. von Berzelius, Alfred Edmund Brehm, Luther Burbank, Johan Ernst Gunnerus, Albert Abraham Michelson, Gaspard Monge, C.F.S. Hahnemann, Pedro N. Arata, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, Alexander Fleming, James Smithson
As well as . . .
Clyde Beaty - Animal Trainer, Clifford Berryman - Cartoonist, Gutzon & Lincoln Borglum - Father & son who carved Mt. Rushmore, Marcelo delPilar - "Father of Philippine Masonry", W E B DuBois - Founder of the NAACP, James W. Marshall - Discovered Gold at Sutter's Mill in California in 1848, Ringling Brothers - Circus brothers, Lowell Thomas - American radio commentator - Lawrence of Arabia, Bertel Thorvaldsen - Danish sculptor, Steven J. Trachtenberg - President of George Washington University, Robert Pershing Wadlow - Tallest human on record being almost 9 feet tall, Matthew Webb - English Channel, William White - Baylor University, Meredith Willson - The Music Man - 76 Trombones, Percy Wootton, M.D. - AMA President, Florenz Ziegfeld - Ziegfeld's Follies, Anton Cermak - Mayor of Chicago, Fritz Freleng - Cartoonist, Daniel Carter Beard - Boy Scouts, Frederic A. Bartholdi - Designed the Statue of Liberty, Father Francisco Calvo - Father of Freemasonry in Costa Rica, Geoffrey Fisher - Archbishop of Canterbury, Cornelius Hedges - Father of Yellowstone National Park, James Hoban - Architect for U.S. Capital, Aga Khan III - Statesman, Harry S. New - Postmaster established Airmail, Charles F. Papst - Coined "Athlete's Foot", Harry Houdini, Blackstone, Norman Vincent Peale, Thomas J. Watson, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Cecil J. Rhodes, Marvin Zindler, . and many, many more.