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The following list has been compiled from primary references or creditable authors. It is neither comprehensive nor definitive, but merely attempts to demonstrate the interest in Freemasonry found in all spheres of society.
Although the authors noted at the end of the list write with some authority, they do not always provide citations. Membership therefore cannot be considered confirmed unless a lodge name is supplied. Biographies for some of those listed can be found in our Biographies section.
Although these men were freemasons, they neither represent nor speak for Freemasonry.
A few famous freemasons

Palmer Cox, creator of The Brownie stories
Henry Josiah DeForest, artist
Glenn Ford, actor
Charles Mair, poet
Oscar Peterson, musician
Gordon Sinclair, broadcaster
William Ogilvie, Yukon Commissioner. Civil Service Lodge No. 148, Ottawa
Commerce and industry
Samuel Bronfman, businessman. i.: Covenant Lodge No. 108, Quebec, 27th April 1931
John D. Eaton, President T. Eaton Co.. Assinibone Lodge No. 114, Winnipeg
E. B. Eddy, E.B. Eddy Match Company. Worshipful Master, Eddy Lodge No. 41, Hull : 1873
John B. Maclean, founder Macleans magazine. Ionic Lodge No. 25, Toronto [?]
Hart Massey, Massey-Ferguson farm equipment
John Molson, founder Molson Breweries. Master: St. Paul’s Lodge, Montreal; PGM, Lower Canada 1826
Joseph Seagram, founder of the Seagram Distillery: Grand River Lodge No. 151, Ontario
Roy Thomson of Fleet, North Bay Lodge No. 617
James A. Naismith, inventor of basketball
Joseph-François Perrault
Roy Brown WW I flying ace
Basil Deacon Hobbs DSO, OBE, DSC
Henry A. Larsen, RCMP. Mount Newton Lodge No. 89, Saanichton, BC [5]
Sam Steele, NWMP.
W.R. "Wop" May, bush pilot
General James Wolfe
Provincial Premiers

Alexander Cameron Rutherford (1857-1941), first Premier, 1905-1910; Acacia No. 11, WM: 1897 [27]
John Edward Brownlee, Premier (1884-1961), 1925-34 [27]
Edger Peter Lougheed (b. 1928)
Douglas Campbell: P.M. Assiniboine Lodge No. 7, Portage La Prairie.
Joseph Smallwood Lodge Northcliffe No. 1886
British Columbia
Noted on a separate page.
Duff Roblin
Noted below.
Nova Scotia
John Buchanan [G.L. Nova Scotia records]
Saskatchewan [17]
James Thomas Milton Anderson: (C) September 9, 1929- June 19, 1934 [b. July 23, 1878- d. 1946] i. March 26, 1921 - Banner Lodge No. 154, Regina.
Thomas Clement Douglas: (CCF) July 10, 1944 - 1961 [b. October 20, 1904, d. March 7, 1995] i. April 1, 1935, Wayburn Lodge No, 20 GRS, Wayburn.
William Melville Martin: (L} October 20, 1916 - April 22, 1922 [b. August 23, 1876, d. June 21, 1970] i. 1900, Harriston Lodge No. 262, Harriston, Ontario. Grand Master: 1927.
William John Patterson: (L) November 1, 1937 - July 10, 1944 [b. May 13, 1886, d. June 10, 1976] i. February 9, 1909, Evening Star Lodge No. 10, Grenfell.
Wilbert Ross Thatcher: (L) May 22, 1964 - June 30, 1971 [b. May 24, 1917, d. August 23, 1971] i. April 6, 1956, St. George’s Lodge No. 136, Moose Jaw.
Prime Ministers

John A. Macdonald
John Abbott
MacKenzie Bowell
Robert Borden
Richard B. Bennett
John G. Diefenbaker
Sir Sandford Fleming (1827-1915), creator of first Canadian postage stamp, and standard time.
Harold Ballard, owner Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. Corinthian No. 481, GRC
George Brent, Saskatchewan Huskies hockey team captain, 1940.
J.G. 'Jake' Gaudaur, CFL Commissioner
Tim Horton, hockey star, i. 1962: Kroy Lodge No. 676, Thornhill, ON
Fred "Cyclone" Taylor, Civil Service Lodge No. 148, Ottawa
"Whipper" Billy Watson (1916-1990) Canadian wrestling legend
Angus Walters, Bluenose captain
Chief Joseph Brant [22]
Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee Leader [22]
George Robinson, 3rd Earl de Grey and 2nd Earl of Ripon, GM, UGLE
Sir Frederick Arthur, Lord Stanley, Governor General
Victoria Cross recipients
Edward William Bell, St. Paul's Lodge No. 12, Montreal
William Clark-Kennedy, St. Paul's Lodge No. 12, Montreal
Alexander R. Dunn, Ionic Lodge No. 18, Toronto
Robert Hanna, Keystone-Lions Gate No. 115, Vancouver
Robert McBeath Mount Hermon Lodge No. 7, Vancouver
Cyrus W. Peck, Tsimpsean Lodge No. 58, Prince Rupert
Robert Shankland, St. Paul's Lodge No. 204, Ayr SC
Harcus Strachan, Douglas Lodge No. 409 SC, Zetland No. 83, Alberta
Sir Richard Turner, St. Andrew's Lodge No. 6, Montreal

Victoria Cross recipients
British Columbia [24]

George Pigrum Bowie
Francis M. Rattenbury
Henry Josiah DeForest, artist
Arthur W. Delamont, Kitsilano Boys Band founder
Harry T. Devine, Vancouver photographer
Leonard Frank, British Columbia photographer
British Columbia Premiers
John F. McCreight, first premier of B.C.
Amor de Cosmos, first lodge secretary in the province
George A. Walkem
Robert Beaven
Alexander Davie
John H. Turner
Edward Prior
Sir Richard McBride
William J. Bowser
Harland C. Brewster
John D. MacLean
Byron "Boss" Johnson
W.A.C. Bennett
British Columbia Lieutenant-Governors
Thomas McInnes
Sir Francis S. Barnard
Edward Prior
Walter C. Nichol
Robert R. Bruce
William Culham Woodward
Clarence Wallace
John Nicholson
Walter S. Owen
Sir Arthur W. Currie, Commander Canadian Forces W.W.I. Vancouver and Quadra Lodge No. 2: 1898/08/03
Arthur Delamont, Vancouver Boys Band founder
Victor Dryer, Supreme Court Judge
Major James Skitt Matthews, City of Vancouver Archivist. Western Gate Lodge No. 48, a. 1917/05/14. r. 1910/05/23
Malcolm MacLennan Vancouver Police Chief. Vancouver Lodge No. 68
Gerald G. McGeer, senator, mayor of Vancouver
Jonathan Nutt, Barkerville civic leader
David Oppenheimer, Vancouver mayor. a. Vancouver & Lodge No. 2: 1885/08/19 [BCR 190], Vancouver
Fred "Cyclone" Taylor, Hockey Hall of Fame, i. Civil Service Lodge No. 148, Ottawa, r. Plantagenent Lodge No. 65, Aug. 27, 1913 [6]
Thomas G. Norris, (1893-1976) Supreme Court judge
Bishop Acton W. Sillitoe, first Bishop of New Westminster. Cascade Lodge No. 12 a. 1889/05/14. Union Lodge No. 9: a.1886/04/05. Lodge of Honour 526, UGLA.
Vancouver City Mayors
Ernie Winch, politician, labour activist
Commerce and industry
Nat Bailey, founder of White Spot restaurants
Julius Harold Bloedel, partner, BC forestry company MacMillan Bloedel
Hewitt Bostock, founder Vancouver Province newspaper
Robert Butchart, owner of Butchart Gardens, Victoria
Robert James Cromie (1887-1936), founder Vancouver Sun newspaper. r. 1910/05/23: Western Gate Lodge No. 48.
Douglas W. Higgins (1834 - 1917), publisher, Victoria Daily Chronicle
Gordon Gibson Sr., lumberman
Alfred Wallace, founder Burrard shipyards
Charles Woodward, founder of Woodward stores
Austin C. Taylor, sportsman, businessman. Mount Moriah Lodge No. 38 [28]
Lieutenant Governors of Upper Canada (3/7)
John Graves Simcoe (1792-94) i. 1773/12, Union Lodge No. 244 E.R., Exeter
Sir Peregrine Maitland (1818-1828) Charter member of St. Andrews' lodge No. 1 (16)
Sir George Arthur (1838-1839) [Robertson’s The History of Freemasonry p. 285]
Lieutenant-Governors of Ontario (9/26)
Sir Alexander Campbell 1887-1892 i. 1844/04/11, Ancient St. John’s Lodge No. 3, Kingston
Sir George Aiery Kirkpatrick (1892-97) i. 1863/02/05, Ancient St. John’s Lodge No. 3, Kingston
Sir John Morrison Gibson (1908-14) i. 1867/11/19, Lodge of Strict Observance No. 27, Hamilton; Grand Master 1892-94
Sir John Strathearn Hendrie (1914-19) i. 1891/09/15, Lodge of Strict Observance No. 27, Hamilton
Henry Cockshutt (1921-27) i. 1913/11/12, Ozias Lodge No. 508, Brantford
William Donald Ross (1927-32) i. 1894/03/13, Albion Lodge No. 5, New Glasgow, NS
Dr. Herbert Alexander Bruce (1932-37) i. 1894/01/04, Cascade Lodge No. 12 BC
Albert Matthews (1937-46) i. 1909/03/22, Civil Service Lodge No. 148, Ottawa
William Ross MacDonald (1968-74) i. 1917/03/16, Doric Lodge No. 121, Brantford
Prime Ministers of Canada West (3/8)
William Henry Draper (1841-42, 1843-47), 1850, Grand Steward, P.G.L. Canada West (UGLE)
Sir Allan Napier MacNab (1854-1856) i. 1841/12/14, St. Andrew’s Lodge No. 1 (16), Toronto; Provincial Grand Master
Sir John Alexander MacDonald (1856-58, 1858-63, 1864-67) i. 1844/03/14, Ancient St. John’s Lodge No. 3, Kingston
Premiers of Ontario (14/22)
Arthur Sturgis Hardy (1896-99) i. 1866/11/23, Doric Lodge No. 121, Brantford
Sir George William Ross (1899-1905) i. 1872/08/05, Beaver Lodge No. 83, Strathroy
Sir William Howard Hearst (1914-19) i. 1889/03/12, Keystone Lodge No. 412, Sault Ste. Marie; 1891 : WM; 1892-93 : DDGM, ct
Ernest Charles Drury (1919-23) i. 1920/11/11, Corinthian Lodge No. 96, Barrie
George Howard Ferguson (1923-30) i. 1895/10/02, Mount Zion Lodge No. 28, Kempville
George Stewart Henry (1930-34) i. 1904/05/20, York Lodge No. 156, Toronto
Mitchell Frederick Hepburn (1934-42) i. 1927/04/21, St. David’s Lodge No. 302, St. Thomas
Gordon Daniel Conant (1942-43) i. 1912/06/25, Cedar Lodge No. 270, Oshawa
Harry Corwin Nixon (1943) i. 1919/04/10, St. George Lodge No. 243, St. George
George Alexander Drew (1943-48) i. 1923/03/26, Waverly Lodge No. 361, Guelph
Thomas Laird Kennedy (1948-49) i. 1905/09/12, River Park Lodge No. 356, Streetsville
Leslie Miscampbeil Frost (1949-61) i. 1926/01/15, Faithful Brethren Lodge No. 77, Lindsay
William Grenville Davis (1971-85) i. 1961/04/13, Flower City Lodge No. 689, Brampton
Frank Stuart Miller (1985) i. 1975/06/03, Muskoka Lodge No. 360, Bracebridge
Governors of Canada
John George Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham (1838) i. 1814, Granby Lodge No. 124, Durham
Ontario records compiled by Milton Hill from the records of the Grand Lodge of Canada in Ontario, lodge records and John Ross Robertson’s The History of Freemasonry.
Internationally known freemasons
Elias Ashmole (1617-1692), i.1646, Warrington, Lancashire [AQC]
William Stukeley (1687-1765) popularized Druidism, i.1721, Salutation Tavern, London [15]
Giovanni Belzoni
Augustus Le Plongeon
Sir Charles Warren
Christopher Wren, Lodge of Antiquity No. 2, London
Pierre Charles L'Enfant, Holland Lodge No. 8, New York
Frédérick Bartholdi [15]
Juan Gris (1887-1927), i. 1923, Lodge Voltaire, Paris [15]
Marc Chagall (1887-1985) i.1912, Vitebsk, Belorussia [15]
Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc (1908-1989) Mid Day Lodge No.188, OR [19]
Palmer Cox, creator of the Brownies children’s stories
Harold Gray - Lombard Lodge No. 1098, Lombard, IL [15]
William Hogarth [AQC]
Winsor McCay (1869-1934) NOTE
George McManus (1884-1954), i.1908, Dirigo Lodge No. 30, NY [15]
Alphonse Mucha, i. 1898, Paris, founder of Czech Freemasonry [5]
Commerce and industry
André Citroen, founder Citröen Motor Car Co, Lodge La Philosophie Positive, Paris [15]
William H. Lever, English soap manufacture. i.Lever Lodge No. 2916
Baron Nathan Mayer Rothschild, i. Oct. 24, 1802: Emulation Lodge No. 12, London [15]
James Rothschild, (Nathan’s brother) [15]
George Shillibeer, inventor of the omnibus
Chevalier D'Eon De Beaumont [5]
Giovanni Casanova
Harry Corbett (1918-1989), Chevin No.6848, UK [19]
Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905), Jerusalem Lodge No. 44, London
Chips Rafferty (1863-1948), Literature No. 500, NSW Australia [19]
C. Aubrey Smith (1907-1971), Hova Ecclesia Lodge No. 1466
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer (1927-1959), [Unconfirmed]
Charlatans and irregular masons
Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton
Paul Foster Case
Frederick L. Gardner
Gerald Brosseau Gardner
Manly P. Hall
Francis George Irwin
Eliphas Lévi
Robert Wentworth Little
Samuel Liddel MacGregor Mathers
Theodor Reuss
Arthur E. Waite
William Wynn Westcott
William Woodman
John Yarker
Roald Amundsen [14]
Sir Richard Burton i. Hope Lodge, Kurrachee, Scinde, India [5]
Richard E. Byrd (1888-1957), i.Federal Lodge No. 1, Washington DC [15]
William Clark (1770-1838), Saint Lewis Lodge No. 111, PA [5]
Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809), i. Jan. 29, 1797, Door to Virtue Lodge No. 44, Va. [5]
Matthew Henson, Celestial Lodge No. 3 of New York, PHA [21]
Charles Lindbergh - r.1926, Keystone No. 243 MO [15]
Robert E. Peary (1856-1920), Kane Lodge No. 454, NY [15]
Robert F. Scott (1868-1912), Drury Lane Lodge 2127, London [14]
Sir Ernest H. Shackelton (1874-1922) , Navy Lodge No. 2612[5]
Frederick Schwatka [22]
Dr. James Anderson
William Byron
Harry Carr
Chetwode Crawley
John Coustos
Hippolyto Da Costa
William Dodd
Rev. John Desaguliers
Robert Freke Gould
William James Hughan
Albert G. Mackey
Wallace McLeod
George Oliver
Albert Pike
William Saint Clair of Roslin
Anthony Sayer
George William Speth
Matthew McBain Thomson
Henry Whymper
Thomas Smith Webb
Human Rights
John Brown abolitionist [15]
Jean-Henri Dunant, Red Cross founder [5], [15] [Unconfirmed]
James Boswell
Robert Burns
Lord Chesterfield
Sir Winston Churchill
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Edward Gibbon, historian, i. Dec. 19, 1774, Lodge of Friendship No. 3
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe i. June 23, 1780, Lodge Amalia, Weimer [AQC]
Rudyard Kipling
Douglas Malloch
Alexander Pope (1688-1744), Lodge No. 16, London
Aleksander Pushkin (1799-1837), i.1821, Lodge Ovid, Kischinev [15]
Robert Service i.1912, Yukon Lodge No. 45, Dawson City
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), i.1801, Saint David Lodge No. 36, Edinburgh [15]
Jonathan Swift
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), i.1841, Banagher Lodge No. 306, Ireland [15]
Voltaire i. April 7, 1778, Lodge of the Nine Sisters, Paris [5]
Lew Wallace (1854-1900) i.1850, Fountain Lodge No. 60, Covington, Indiana [5]
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) i.1875, Apollo Lodge No. 357, Oxford [15]
Sir P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) i.1929, Jerusalem Lodge No. 197, London [UGLE records]
Lord Cornwallis (1738-1805), [ascribed][5]
Viscount Jellicoe PGM, Tasmania [29]
Lord Kitchener
Sir Horatio Nelson
Field Marshal Suvorov, Lodge Zu Den Drei Kronen
Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz (1849-1930), Lodge Zur Aufrichtigen Herzen, Frankfurt
Duke of Wellington, i. December 7, 1790, Lodge at Trim No. 494, Meath, Ireland
Sir Alexander Fleming, discoverer of penicillin. [15]
Joseph-Ignace Guillotin (1738-1814) Lodge of the Nine Sisters. [AQC 104]
Edward Jenner (1749-1823), physician, discoverer of smallpox vaccine.
William Worrall Mayo, (1819-1911), surgeon, r.1863: Rochester Lodge No. 21 [15]
William James Mayo (1861-1939), surgeon, Rochester Lodge No. 21 (Denslow says he was not.)[15]
Charles Horace Mayo (1865/07/19-1939/05/26), surgeon, i. 1890, Rochester Lodge No. 21 [15]
Johann Christian Bach
Ludwig van Beethoven [unconfirmed]
William S. Gilbert
Franz Haydn (1732-1809), i.1785, lodge Zur Wahren Eintracht, Vienna [15]
Franz von Liszt (1811-1886), i.1841, Lodge Zur Einigkeit, Frankfurt [15]
Rouget de Lisle i. 1782 Loge Les Freres discrets
Wolfgang Mozart
Jean Julius Sibelius (1865-1957) [15]
Arthur Sullivan
Rick Wakeman
Religion and philosophy
Geoffrey Fisher (1887-1972), 99th Archbishop of Canterbury (1945-1972) [20]
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (b. 1729/01/22) dramatist. r. Hamburg 1770/10/14 [18] i.1771, lodge Zu den Drei Goldenen Rosen [15]
Johann C. Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805) Rudolstadt Lodge, Berlin [22]
Swami Vivekananda, Anchor and Hope No. 1, Kolkotta
Andrew Bell
Mark Lemon (1809-1870), founder Punch i.1854, Globe Lodge No. 23, London [15]
Avery Brundage, International Olympic President (1952-72) [5]
Scientists and inventors
For further notes see <freemasonry.bcy.ca/texts/liberal/science.html>
Sir Joseph Banks [15]
Vannevar Bush.
Samuel Colt, Inventor of the revolver. St. John’s Lodge, Hartford, CN [15, 23]
Erasmus Darwin (1732-1802) physician and botonist. i. at St. David’s Lodge No. 36, Edinburgh in 1754.
Harold Eugene Edgerton (1903-1990) professor of electrical engineering, MIT. [5]
Richard J. Gatling (1818-1903), Centre Lodge No. 23, Indianapolis [15]
John Loudon Macadam (1756-1836), Scottish engineer [15]
Antonio Meucci, inventor of the telephone
Jacques Etienne Montgolfier, invented hot air balloon. i.1784, Lodge Les Neuf Soeurs, Paris [14]
Joseph Michel Montgolfier, invented hot air balloon. i.1784, Lodge Les Neuf Soeurs, Paris [14]
William Ostwald (1853-1932) German chemist, Grand Master, Grand Lodge Zur Aufgehenden Sonne, Bayreuth [15]
Jacob Perkins (1766-1849), printed first penny postage stamp in 1840. [5]
James F. Smathers, inventor of the electric typewriter, Gate City Lodge No 522, Kansas City.
James Watt (1736-1819) developer of the steam engine. i. 1763.
Steve Wozniak, Co-founder of Apple Computers, Charity Lodge No. 362, Campbell, CA
Salvador Allende (1908-1973), i. 1935, Lodge Progresso No. 4, Valparaiso [15]
Sveinn Bjornsson (d. 1952) First president of Iceland, Grand Master, GL Iceland [15]
Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Jerusalem Lodge No. 44 [15]
Simon Bolivar, i. Cadiz, Spain, Founder Lodge Order and Liberty No. 2, Peru [14]
Edward VII, King of England [11]
Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807 - 1882)i. August 8, 1844, Loge Les Amis de la Patrie, Uruguay
King George VI. Navy Lodge No. 2612, London, England.
David Kalakaua (1836-1891) King of Hawai'i, 1874-91. Master, Lodge Le Progress de l'Oceanie No. 124, 1859 [15, 31]
King Kamehameha IV (1834-1863) Master, Lodge Le Progress de l'Oceanie No. 124, 1857 [15, 31]
King Kamehameha V (1830-1872) Hawai'ian Lodge No. 21, 1853 [15, 31]
Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872), Grand Master, Grand Orient of Italy [15], [5]
Lord Minto, Governor General of India
Charles Montesquieu, The Horn Tavern Lodge, London
Napoleon Bonaparte [AQC 1914]
Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847), r.1797, Lodge No. 189 [15]
Sir Lynden O. Pindling, Prime Minister of the Bahamas [21]
Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore, r. July 5, 1813, Lodge De Vriendschap
Cecil Rhodes, founder of Rhodesia, i. April 17, 1877, Apollo University Lodge, ER
Jose Rizal (d. 1896/12/30) i. Acacia Lodge 9, Spain [14]
American freemasons
American founders
For a more complete list see <freemasonry.bcy.ca/anti-masonry/antimasonry05.html#usa>
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American printer i.1731, St. John’s Lodge, Philadelphia, PA
William F. Cody (1846-1917), r. Platte Valley Lodge No. 32, Nebraska [15]
David Crockett (1786-1836), [15]
Kit Carson, (1809/12/24-1868/04/23) Montezuma Lodge 109, Taos, New Mexico [15], [14]
Gilbert Lafayette [5]
Sam Houston (1793-1863), i.1817, Cumberland Lodge No. 8, Nashville TN [15]
Paul Revere (1735-1818), 1794-97, Grand Master, Massachusetts [15]
George Washington (1732-1799), Master, Alexandria Lodge No. 22
For full list see <freemasonry.bcy.ca/biography/spacemason/index.html>
John Glenn, Concord Lodge No.688 Concord, OH
Daniel Carter Beard, Boy Scouts of America founder. Mariners Lodge No. 67, NY
Thomas Bradley, mayor of Los Angeles
Robert J. Dole, senator. i. 1955/04/19, Russell Lodge No. 177, Kansas) [14]
Barry M. Goldwater, US senator. Arizona Lodge No. 2, Phoenix, May 12, 1931 (1930/04 [15])
Prince Hall, African Grand Lodge of North America founder. Massachusetts
Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International founder. Garden City Lodge No. 141, Illinois
Oliver Kelley, National Grange founder. Cataract Lodge No. 2, Minnesota
Fiorello H. LaGuardia, New York mayor (b. 1882/12/11): i. 1913, Garibaldi Lodge 542, New York [14]
Thurgood Marshall, USA Supreme Court Judge, Coal Creek Lodge No. 88, Tulsa, Oklahoma PHA [21]
Joel R. Poinsett, Solomon’s Lodge No. 1, Charleston
Carl B. Stokes, mayor of Cleveland
Andrew Young, mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
Civil Rights
John Brown
Medgar W. Evers, civil rights leader
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., i Harmony Lodge No. 88, Chicago, Illinois. [21]
Commerce and industry
John Jacob Astor, financier. W.M. Holland Lodge No.8 (1798) [15]
Walter P. Chrysler (1875-1940) [15]
Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company r. Palestine Lodge 357, Detroit: 1894. [14]
King C. Gillette (1855-19032), inventor of the safety razer
Charles Hilton (1843-1905), Chicago hotelier, i.1866, William B. Warren Lodge No. 309, IL [15]
Frank G. Hoover (1883-1954) Hoover vacuum, William McKinley Lodge No. 431, Ohio [15]
John H. Johnson, publisher Ebony and Jet Magazines [21]
Melvin Jones (b. 1880) Co-founder of Lions International, Garden City Lodge No. 141, Chicago, Ill. [15]
Sebastion S. Kresge (b 1867) founder Kresge store chain. Palestine Lodge No. 357, Detroit [15]
Frederick L. Maytag (1857-1937) founder Maytag Co.. i.1887/04/23: Newton Lodge No. 59, Iowa [5]
Dr. John Stith Pemberton, inventor of Coca-Cola® [unconfirmed]
J.C. Penney, department store founder i.Wasatch Lodge No. 1, Salt Lake City [15]
Rowland Macy, department store founder i.Merrimack Lodge, Haverhill, Mass.
Col. Harland Sanders, Kentucky Fried Chicken
David Sarnoff (1891-1971), i.1921, Strict Observance Lodge No. 94, NY [15] [15]
Horace Saks, Saks Fifth Avenue.
Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s Restaurants, Sol. D. Bayless Lodge No 359, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Whitney M. Young, director of National Urban League
Francis Bellamy, author of USA Pledge of Allegiance. Little Falls Lodge No. 181, Little Falls, NY
DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828), Grand Master, New York; Governor, New York; founded New York public school system
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, Educator/Scholar and co-founder of the NAACP. i. Widow’s Son Lodge No. 1, New Haven, Connecticut[14], [22]
Booker T. Washington (1859-1915), Grand Master, Massachusetts, PHA
Dr. Charles H. Wesley
William "Bud" Abbott (1895-1974) Daylight Lodge No.525, MI [19]
Richard Arlen (1899-1976) Utopia No. 537, CA [19]
Cliff Arquette - Ravenwood Lodge No. 777, Chicago
Max Asher (1879- ? ) Mount Olive Lodge No. 586, CA (Keystone Kop) [19]
Gene Autry (1907-1998) Catoosa Lodge No. 185, OK [19]
Eddie Baker (1897-1968) Cahuenga No.513, CA (Keystone Kop) [19]
Billy Bevan (1887-1957) 233 Club, CA [19]
Clyde Beatty (1903-1965) Craftsman Lodge No. 521, Detroit [5]
Wallace Beery Sr. (1885-1949) Blaney No. 271, IL [19]
Ernest Borgnine, Abingdon Lodge No. 48, Virginia [15]
Joe E. Brown (1892-1973) Rubicon No.237, OH [19]
Cantinflas (1911-1993) Mexican Lodge [19]
Eddie Cantor (1892-1964) Munn Lodge No. 190, New York [15]
Glen Cavender (1887-1962) Mount Olive No.586, CA (Keystone Kop) [19]
Chester Conklin (1888-1971) University No.394, CA (Keystone Kop) [19]
Charles Correll (Amos) - Trio Lodge No. 57, Chicago
Donald Crisp (1880-1974) Harry S. Orme No.458, CA [19]
William DeBeck - North Shore Lodge No. 936, Chicago
Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959). Prince of Orange Lodge No. 16, NY
Richard Dix (1894-1949) Harry S. Orme No. 458, CA [19]
Richard Dreyfuss, At Sight: 2011/06/10, District of Columbia
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. (1883-1939) Beverly Hills No.528, CA [19]
W.C. Fields, (1880-1946) E. Coppee Mitchell Lodge No. 605, Philadelphia [15]
Glenn Ford
Clark Gable (1901-1960) i. 1933, Beverly Hills Lodge No.528 CA [15]
Arthur Godfrey. (b. 1903) Acacia Lodge No. 18, Washington, DC [14]
Freeman Gosden (Andy) - Petersburg Lodge No. 15, VA
David W. Griffith (1874-1948) St. Cecile No.568, NY [19]
Oliver Hardy (1892-1957), Solomon Lodge No. 20, Florida [15]
DeWolf Hopper (1858-1935) Pacific No.233, CA [19]
Harry Houdini, i. Aug 21, 1923, St. Cecile Lodge No. 568, New York
Al Jolson (1885-1950) St. Cecile No.568, NY [19]
Buck Jones (1888-1950) Harry S. Orme No.458, CA [19]
Fred Kelsey (1884-1961) Mount Olive No.586, CA [19]
Wayne King, Paul Revere Lodge No. 998
Harold C. Lloyd (1893-1971), i.1925, Hamilton 535, Hollywood [15]
Hank Mann (1877-1971) Mount Olive No.586, CA [19]
Harpo Marx [Unconfirmed]
Tom Mix (1880-1940) Utopia No.537, CA [19]
Audie Murphy (1924-1971) North Hollywood No.542, CA [19]
Dick Powell (1904-1963) Ascot Lodge No. 538. Los Angeles [5]
Tyrone Power Sr.Howard Lodge No. 35 New York
Richard Pryor (1940-2005) Henry Brown Lodge No. 22, Peoria, IL [30]
Roy Rene (1892-1954) Thespian No.256, NSW Australia [19]
Michael Richards (1949- ) Riviera No.780, CA (Seinfeld) [19]
Don Rickles
Paul Robeson (1898-1976) "at sight" [19]
Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933) John L. Spinks No.507, MS [19]
Roy Rogers (1912-1998) Hollywood No.355, CA [19]
Will Rogers (1879-1935) Claremore No.55, OK [19]
Charles P. "Chic" Sale - Urbana Lodge No. 157, Urbana, IL
Ringling Brothers
Peter Sellers (1925-1980) Chelsea No.3098, E.C. Great Britain [19]
"Red" Skelton (1910-1997) Vincennes No.1, IN [19]
Frank Skinner - Benevolent lodge No.52, Meredosia, IL
Leo Slezak (1873-1940) Lodge Unknown [19] [Unconfirmed]
Danny Thomas
Hal Brent Wallis - Prudence Lodge No. 958, Chicago
John Wayne (1907-1979) r. 1970/07/11, Marion McDaniel No.56, AZ [19]
Chill Wills [Unconfirmed]
Ed Wynn (1886-1966) Philadelphia No.9, PA [19]
Alan Young, (Mr. Ed) [Unconfirmed]
Darryl F. Zanuck - Mount Olive Lodge No. 506, Los Angeles
Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. - Accordia Lodge No.277
Adolph Zukor - Centennial Lodge No. 763, New York, NY
Edgar A. Guest, Ashler Lodge No. 91, Detroit
John Steinbeck
Mark Twain
Lew Wallace (1827-1905), author of Ben Hur, i.1850, Fountain Lodge No. 60, Covington, Indiana [15]
Roscoe Pound
Law enforcement
Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith
J. Edgar Hoover
Pierre G.T. Beauregard[5]
Omar Bradley - West Point Lodge No. 877, NY
Mark Wayne Clark r. Mystic Tie Lodge No. 398, Indianapolis: Dec. 30, 1929. [5]
Jimmy Doolittle [14]
Admiral Ernest King (1878-1956)
Curtis Lemay
George C. Marshall (Nobel Peace Prize 1953)
Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), 1936, Manila Lodge No. 1, Phillipines) [15]
Audie Murphy
John Paul Jones iSt. Bernards Lodge No. 122, Scotland [5]
John Joseph Pershing (1860-1948) i.1888, Lincoln Lodge No. 19, Lincoln, Nebraska [15]
Monument Creators
James Hoban, White House architect Founder Federal Lodge No. 1, Washington, DC [14]
Gutzon Borglum (1771-1941), Mount Rushmore, r.Howard Lodge No. 35, NY [15]
Irving Berlin (1888-1989) Munn Lodge No. 190, NY
George Michael Cohan (1878-1942) Pacific No.223, CA [19]
W. C. Handy, Hiram Lodge No. 4, New York PHA [21]
Jerome Kern [14]
John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), Hiram Lodge No. 10, DC [15]
Country Western
Eddie Arnold (1918- ) East Nashville No. 560, TN [19]
Roy Acuff (1903-1992) East Nashville No. 560, TN [19]
Gene Autry (1907-1998) Catoosa Lodge No. 185, Catoosa, Oklahoma: 1927 [5]
Burl Ives (1909-1995) Magnolia No. 242, CA [19]
Tex Ritter (1905/01/12 - 1974/01/02) Metropolitan Lodge No. 646, California [25]
Jimmy Rodgers
Roy Rogers (Leonard Franklin Slye), i.1946, Hollywood Lodge No. 355, Hollywood
Mel Tillis, Branson Lodge No. 587 [23]
William "Count" Basie (1904-1984) Wisdom Lodge No. 102, Chicago IL
James Herbert "Eubie" Blake
Nat "King" Cole, Thomas Waller Lodge No. 49, Los Angeles, CA PHA [15], [21]
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, i. 1932, Social Lodge No. 1 DC, PHA [15]
Lionel Hampton, Boyer Lodge No. I New York PHA, [21]
Al Jolson (1886-1950), St. Cecile Lodge No. 568, NY [15]
Oscar Peterson
Paul Whiteman
Presidents [18]
George Washington, i. 11/4/1752 Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4, Virginia
James Monroe, i. 11/9/1775 Williamsburgh Lodge No. 6, Virginia
Andrew Jackson, Harmony Lodge No. 1 (?); Grand Master 1822-24, Tennessee
James Knox Polk, r. 9/4/1820 Columbia Lodge No. 31, Tennessee
David Rice Atchison, "president pro tempore": March 4, 1849. member: Platte Lodge No. 56, Mo.
James Buchanan, r. 1/24/1817 Lodge No. 43, Pennsylvania
Andrew Johnson, i. 1851, Greenville Lodge No. 119, Tennessee
James A. Garfield, r. 11/22/1864, Magnolia Lodge No. 20, Ohio
William McKinley, r. 4/3/1865, Hiram Lodge No. 21, Virginia
Theodore Roosevelt, r. 4/24/1901, Matinecock Lodge No. 806, Oyster Bay
William Howard Taft, made a mason at sight 2/18/1909. affiliated Kilwinning Lodge 356, Ohio
Warren G. Harding, r. 8/13/1920, Marion Lodge No. 70, Ohio
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, r. 1911/11/28, Holland Lodge No. 8 New York
Harry S Truman - i. 02/09/1909, r. 03/18/1909, Belton Lodge No. 450
Lyndon Baines Johnson, (EA) i. October 30, 1937, Johnson City Lodge No. 561, Texas
Gerald Ford, r. May 18, 1951, Columbia Lodge No. 3
William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) [14]
Harold Stassen (1907-2001)
Robert E. B. Baylor (1793-1874) Baylor University, Waco. Grand Chaplain, Texas [15]
Preston Bradley (b. 1888) founder Peoples Church, Chicago, Blaney Lodge No. 271, Chicago[15]
Hugh I. Evans (1887-1958) Presbyterian Church national head, Grand Chaplain, Ohio 1926 [15]
Joseph Smith (1805/12/23-1844/06/27)r March 16, 1842, Nauvoo Lodge [26]
William Miller (1782/02/15-1849/12/20) Morning Star Lodge No. 27, Vermont

Brigham Young (1801/06/01-1877/08/29) r April 9, 1842, Nauvoo Lodge [26]
Wilbur P. Thirkield (b 1854) Methodist Episcopal Bishop[15]
Norman Vincent Peale Midwood Lodge No. 1062, Brooklyn, NY. [15]
Ty Cobb - i. 1907, Royston Lodge No.426 Detroit, MI
Jack Dempsey - Kenwood Lodge No.800 Chicago, IL
Jack Johnston (1878-1946), heavyweight boxing champion, i.1911, Lodge Forfar and Kincardine No. 225, Dundee, Scotland [15]
Shaquille O'Neal, At Sight: 2011/06/11, Widow's Son Lodge No. 28, Boston
Branch Rickey (1881-1965), baseball player, i. Tuscan Lodge No. 360, St. Louis, Missouri [15]
Sugar Ray Robinson (b. 1921), heavyweight boxing champion, Joppa Lodge No. 55, NY PHA [15]
The following have been claimed to be freemasons without documented evidence;
Aga Khan III[15]
Louis Armstrong
Francis Bacon
Lord Baden-Powell
Art Bell talk show host
Ambrose Bierce
William Marrion Branham
George Walker Bush Sr.
Sir Guy Carleton
Dick Cheney, USA Vice-president
Captain James Cook
Walt Disney
Friederich Engels
Millard Fillmore
"Friz" Freleng
Billy Graham
L. Ron Hubbard
Abraham Lincoln
Karl Marx
Lord Mountbatten
Carroll O'Conner
Dom Antoine-Joseph Pernety
Augusto Pinochet Ugarte
Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995) Prime Minister of Israel
Charles Taze Russell
Antoine-Joseph (Adolphe) Sax (1814-1894) [15]
James Smithson
Joseph Stalin
Sir Richard Steele
Bram Stoker
Emanuel Swedenborg
Tito (Josip Broz)
Theobald Wolfe Tone
Richard Wagner
John Wesley
H. G. Wells (1866-1946) alleged [14]
Lejzer Ludvig Zamenhof

Reference sources:
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For further information, visit:
Famous Scottish Masons grandlodgescotland.com/website/famous.html
Grand Lodge of Louisiana la-mason.com/famous.htm
Grand Lodge of Kentucky grandlodgekentucky.com/famous_mason_s.html
Toledo Lodge, Ohio toledoaasr.com/famous.htm
Continental Lodge members.tripod.com/Edward_Weigert/masonsin.htm
Famous Freemasons links www.bessel.org/famemas.htm


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