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The following post was Masonic Education presented in Lodge on our Stated Meeting 12/13/2022 by our Junior Deacon, Brother Charles Wolbert IV.

Did you ever wonder if we are ever traveling upon a level? Society has proven to give us many Famous Masons. Some proved worth and without realizing it some proved harmful to our society. As we first learned, the first place a mason is made is in his heart. This is a symbol of a man trying to become better, social status and popularity do not control masons and masonry is not influenced by money or title. 

George Washington as we all know was a mason, but what may not be realized is 1 year after being raised to Master Mason he layed the cornerstone at the US Capitol Building in 1793, George Washington was initiated a mason 11/4/1752.

Mark Twain, was initiated a EA 5/22/1861 in St. Louis, at one point during his masonic career he was suspended for not paying his dues. This is a great example of how we all are traveling upon the level and no special treatment is given because of stature

Franklin D Roosevelt was a mason of Holland Lodge #8 in New York City, he was also bestowed the honor of being the Honorary Grand Master of the Order of Demolay

J. Edgar Hoover became a Master Mason by age 25, became a Thirty-Third Degree Inspector General Honorary in 1955, and was given the Grand Cross of Honor — the highest recognition by the Scottish Rite — in 1965.

Before his ascension to great political power, current Italian prime minister Berlusconi was part of a masonic lodge called Propaganda Due, a group of powerful men with the goal of shifting Italy’s government to a more authoritarian regime.

The lodge was disbanded in 1981, and Berlusconi escaped punishment despite having lied in testimony about the length of his membership and the amount he had paid in member fees.

The charter for the group had been withdrawn by the Grand Orient of Italy in 1976.

The Reverend Jesse Jackson is a 33 Degree Prince Hall Freemason, a sect which famously severed ties with mainstream Grand Lodges over racial tension.

He was made a Master Mason in 1987. Jackson is a part of the Harmony Lodge No. 88 in Chicago. He continues his work with the Masons, as well as in civil rights discrimination, to this day.

John Elway is a two-time Super Bowl champion and current executive vice president of football operations for the Denver Broncos.

It wasn’t until after his football career was finished that he expressed interest in becoming a Freemason, but he eventually became a “perpetual member” (meaning lifetime member) of South Denver- Lodge No. 93.

Brother Brad Paisley, 32°, is an active Freemason, and member of Hiram Lodge #7 in Franklin, Tennessee. Paisley has made our fraternity proud for years, demonstrating our Masonic values through more than just his artistic contributions. Even as a young emerging artist in 2000, Paisley used his influence to help those most in need when he secured a sponsorship deal with USA Meats. With this sponsorship, the Brad Paisley Foundation used the funding to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, St. Jude’s Research Hospital, the Opry Trust Fund, and the American Cancer Society.

Bro. Paisley is also a Noble of the AAONMS, also known as Shriners, and a member of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction. When he was inducted into the Scottish Rite on October 28, 2006, he was accompanied by his father, Douglas Paisley, 33° at the House of the Temple in Washington D.C. Brad’s keyboardist Kendall Marcy joined the Scottish Rite that day. Scottish Rite brethren from Marcy’s Blue Lodge in Tennessee and West Virginia took part in the ceremony with both new brothers. They participated in the 4th, 14th, 18th, 30th, and 32nd Degrees during the proceedings.

During his time in the craft, Brad has developed recordings supporting the virtues of Freemasonry and DeMolay International. He has been instrumental in helping the fraternity maintain a positive reputation in the modern world, emphasizing the helpful impact Masons have in our communities.

 While on tour with Jimmie Allen it was common for Brad and Jimmie to attend masonic meeting in the towns or cities they were visiting

Some notable black sheep of our fraternity are Benedict Arnold, Serial Killer Paul Bernardo, joined for the respect and alibi freemasonry could provide. Brad Bleidt, known for creating the largest financial scheme topping $35 million dollars that was scammed from investors, 

Ty Cobb, is an honorary lifetime member as well as being part of the Scottish rite was raised at the age of 21 in 1907

Even though these masons have been raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason they still approach the East in the same manner as you and me. 

Aasen, John – Norwegian ‘giant’ (said to be 8′ 9″ tall) who was a movie actor in the US. When he joined Freemasonry over 1,500 attended. An effort to raise funds for a statue of this Mason is underway in Norway now.
Abbott, Sir John J.C. – Canadian politician who served as Prime Minister (1891-1892).
Abbott, William “Bud” – Famous half of the Abbott & Costello comedy team.
Acuff, Roy – “King of Country Music”
Adams, Sherman – Governor of New Hampshire and US Congressman
Aguinaldo, Emilio – President of the Philippines, he declared their independence in 1898.
Aldrich, Nelson Wilmarth – U. S. Senator, known for his extensive impact on banking reform. He also served as Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island.
Aldrin, Edwin E. – Known as “Buzz” – American astronaut who as a crew member of Apollo 11 became the second human being to walk on the moon (July 20, 1969). 
Alfond, Harold – Owned famous ‘Dexter Shoe Company’ and noted philanthropist. Sports complexes throughout Maine made possible by his generous contributions bear his name and he began a unique college funding program for newborns in Maine as well. 
Allen, Charles H. – First Governor of Puerto Rico (1800-1802) when it was freed of its 400 year despotic rule by Spain.
Allen, Ira – Known as the ‘Father of Vermont’, he played a significant role in the acceptance of Vermont as a State and then gave land to help found the University of Vermont.
Althouse, Monroe – Director, Ringgold Band of Pennsylvania
Ames, Ezra – Portrait painter who painted portraits of Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Martin Van Buren, George Clinton, DeWitt Clinton.
Anderson, Brad – Cartoonist and creator of the popular ‘Marmaduke’ comic strip
Anderson, Robert – Major General U.S. Army who was in command of Fort Sumter at time of Confederate attack. Known as “Hero Of Fort Sumter.”
André, Major John – British soldier who attempted to assist Benedict Arnold in his treasonous betrayal of West Point. He was sentenced to death and hanged in 1780.
Annanc, Louis – Chief of the Saint Francis Tribe of Indians. (D: 1876 after having been a Mason for over 40 years.)
Antheil, George  – Eccentric composer of the 1920s. His trademark work was the 1924 work “Le Ballet Mecanique”, which incorporated sounds from machines like airplane propellers and car horns. 
Archer, Dennis – Mayor of Detroit, Michigan
Arlen, Richard – Movie actor, best known for his role as a pilot in “Wings”.
Arnold, Benedict – American Revolutionary War General. You can read more about him here.
Arnold, Eddie – Country Music legend and member of the Grand Ole Opry
Arnold, General Henry “Hap” – American general whose efforts helped establish what is now the U.S. Air Force. Commander, Army Air Force in World War II, he is the only person to ever hold five star rank in two services and the only person to ever hold five star rank in the US Air Force.
Arthur William Patrick Albert / Prince Arthur – Third son of Queen Victoria and the longest serving Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England
Asher, Max – US movie actor – Keystone Kop.
Astor, John Jacob – A German immigrant to the US, he at one point was considered the wealthiest man in America. He was Master of Holland Lodge in New York and served as Grand Treasurer for that Grand Lodge.
Atchison, David – US Senator, probably now best remembered for the Urban Myth that he was President for one day – as stated on his tombstone. This article on Wikipedia provides a full explanation.
Audubon, John James – American ornithologist and artist known for his imposing works in full color of Birds of America.  He referred to himself as a “Mason” and “Brother” in his diary but no proof has been found of his membership.
Auker, Elden – US baseball ‘submarine’ pitcher
Austin, Stephen F. – American colonizer and political leader who worked to make Texas a state of Mexico but later helped Texas settlers gain their independence (1836). Known as the ‘Father of Texas’.
Autry, Gene  – American actor who made some 90 movies from the 1930s through the 1950s, cowboy singer (“Back in the Saddle Again” and more), and professional sports team owner (original owner of the California Angels baseball team). Many young people today have grown up listening to his rendition of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. Brother Gene was a “true gentleman”.

Listings of those who are (or were during their lifetime) Masons serves to remind us of the many notables who have – of their own free will – chosen to associate with this noble institution. Those who preach anti-Masonic hate must – in the depth of their souls – wonder how it is that so many have been (supposedly) deceived – while they have found the ‘truth’….And while some will argue that these men have been deceived; others contend they are/were part of a New World Order conspiracy. What is not arguable is that they represent all walks of life and that they were – in their respective ways – LEADERS!

Bagley, Edward E. – Composer of ‘National Emblem’ march.
Bahamonde, Ramon Franco – An aviator and Spanish politician, he was the brother of dictator, General Francisco Franco. He was Commander of Aviation and received the Aerial Medial for his valiant action in the Morocco conflict. He was one of the Masons who refused the initiation of General Franco into Freemasonry.
Bahr, Hermann – Austrian writer, essayist and critic, he was an intellectual interpreter of his time.
Baldry, Tony – Current (1999) UK Member, House of Commons
Baldwin, Henry – American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1830-1844).
Balfour, Lloyd – Jewelry Manufacturer. Millions of students have for generations chosen class rings from Balfour Jewelry
Banks, Sir Joseph – Noted naturalist who accompanied Capt. Cook on his journeys around the world.
Barnard, Lawrence “Slim”  – Creator and host of TV’s ‘The Happy Wanderer’ travelogue show of the 1960s 
Barnes, Roy – 80th/Present (1999) Governor of Georgia
Barnes, W. W. – Professor of church history at Southwestern Seminary 1913-1953.
Bartholdi, Frederic A. – French sculptor best known for his figure of Liberty Enlightening the World, the Statue of Liberty, in New York Harbor
Barton, Edmund – First Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia, Speaker of the legislative assembly, New South Wales, Australia, Attorney General, and judge of the Australian high court
Basie, William “Count” – Orchestra leader/composer
Bass, Edward – First Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts 
Bates, Frederick – Governor of Missouri
Bayh, Birch – US Democratic Senator from Indiana from 1962-1981.
Baylor, Robert E. B. – Founder of Baylor University, Texas’ first Baptist college
Beard, Daniel Carter – American writer and illustrator. In 1905, he founded the Sons of Daniel Boone which in 1910 became the first Boy Scout organization in the US.
Bell, Lawrence – Bell Aircraft Corp.
Bellamy, Francis J. – The Baptist Minister who created America’s Pledge of Allegiance
Benes, Eduard – President of Czechoslovakia elected in 1935, he led his nation’s government into exile after the outbreak of World War II. He resigned in 1948 when he was forced to yield to a Communist directed cabinet.
Bennett, Viscount R.B. – 12th Prime Minister of Canada 1930-35
Benton, Thomas Hart – U. S. Senator from Missouri for 30 years and Grand Master of Iowa
Bentsen, Lloyd M. – A life member of his Masonic Lodge in Texas, Bro. Bentsen served the U. S. with honor and distinction as a bomber pilot in WWII, a US Congressman, Senator and Secretary of the Treasury. His run for the presidency in 1976 allowed the country to meet this kind and considerate man. He was the Vice Presidential candidate with Michael Dukakis in the 1988 campaign where, during the debate with his opponent he used the now-famous phrase “I knew John Kennedy….”. He was honored by his country when he received the Medal of Freedom. His daughter Tina was a member of Rainbow and is now an Eastern Star. Her daughter is a Rainbow Grand Representative so the Masonic connection runs deep. Bro. Bentsen passed to his eternal rest in May, 2006.
Berlin, Irving – Entertainer and songwriter who wrote more than 1,500 songs including “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (1911) and several musical comedies like Annie Get Your Gun (1946)
Berthold, Bartholomew – Businessman who organized the first territorial bank in the Louisiana Territory
Black, Hugo L. – U. S. Senator and Supreme Court Justice
Blair, Jr., John – U. S. Supreme Court Justice and member of the Constitutional Convention.
Blanc, Mel – If you’ve heard cartoon characters Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Barney Rubble of the Flintstones, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the cat or others, you’ve heard the voice this 50+ year Mason who brought so much pleasure to so many children for so many years.
Blatchford, Samuel – U.. S. Supreme Court Justice
Boaz, Hiram Abiff – Bishop of the Methodist Church, one of the first presidents of Texas Wesleyan University and a member of two Texas lodges.
Bond, Shadrach – First Grand Master of Freemasons and first Governor of Illinois
Boone, Daniel – Mythologized early U. S. pioneer responsible for the exploration of Kentucky. Although his Masonic membership is unprovable, here is what Nathan Boone had to say about his father’s funeral: “Father’s body was conveyed to Flanders Callaway’s home at Charette, and there the funeral took place. There were no military or Masonic honors, the latter of which he was a member, as there were then but very few in that region of the country.” (Hammon, Neal O. (ed.) “My Father, Daniel Boone- The Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone.” Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 1999. p. 139.)
Borden, Sir Robert Laird – Prime Minister of Canada during World War I
Borglum, Gutzon & Lincoln – Father and Son who carved the presidential busts on Mt. Rushmore
Borgnine, Ernest – Film and television actor. In 1955 received the Oscar as Best Actor for the film Marty. Known to a generation of television fans for his role as the Skipper in McHale’s Navy. He actively serves Freemasonry and is presently the Honorary Chairman of a program to support the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center in Richmond.
Bortnyansky, Dimitry Stepanovich – Genius Russian composer, author of many religious musical works and the song “How Glorious is Our Lord in Zion” which served for a considerable time as the national anthem of the Russian empire. 
Bowell, Sir Mackenzie – British-born Canadian Prime Minister 1894-96 who later led the Conservative opposition.
Bowie, James – American-born Mexican colonist who joined the Texan forces during the struggle for independence from Mexico. He died during the defense of the Alamo.
Bradley, Omar N. – American general. Played a major part in the Allied victory in World War II.
Brant, Joseph – Chief of the Mohawks 1742 – 1807. Supported the British in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.
Breckinridge, John C. – American Vice President, he ran as the pro-slavery candidate and lost to Abraham Lincoln. His bust is in the Senate wing of the US Capitol.
Brown, Major General Charles E. Jr. – Served as US Army Chief of Chaplains.
Brown, Foster V. – US Congressman from Tennessee, he served as Attorney General for Puerto Rico
Brown, Joe E. – Immensely popular actor with the BIG mouth!
Bruce, James of Kinnaird – Scottish explorer who made an epic voyage to Abyssinia in the 18th century. Not as widely known, however, is that he was a considerable scholar who brought back from Abyssinia three copies of the Book of Enoch, the apocryphal book which relates to the Royal Arch Degrees, certain of the Scottish Rite Degrees and to the Royal Order of Scotland. The book did not make it into the Biblical canon primarily because no complete copy existed in Europe prior to Kinnaird’s journey. The copies he brought back were in the Abyssinian language which he learned before going there although no one knows how!
Bryan, William Jennings – US Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson.
Buchanan, Edgar  – Dentist and actor in the US television series “Petticoat Junction”            
Buchanan, James – 15th President of the U.S. (1857-1861).
Bullock, Bob – Texas Lt. Governor.
Burbank, Luther – Horticulturist and Naturalist, the practical result of his experiments was the ‘Burbank potato’.
Burke, Arleigh – Highly decorated US Navy Admiral whose leadership helped win the battle in the Pacific during World War II. He was known as “31 knot Burke”.
Burnett, David G. – 1st President of the Republic of Texas
Burrows, Lansing – President of the Southern Baptist Convention (1914-1916), secretary of the SBC from 1881-1913, and pastor of 8 Southern Baptist churches.
Burns, Conrad – US Senator from Montana
Burns, Robert – The National Poet of Scotland. His lyrics, written in dialect and infused with humor, celebrate love, patriotism, and rustic life. Freemasonry was more important to him than any other institution in Scotland!
Burton, Harold H. – Supreme Court Justice (1945-1958)
Burton, Ron – Professional football player with the Boston Patriots, Past Master of his lodge, and involved in the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
Bush, Vannevar – Pioneer in development of atomic and nuclear energy; he is considered by many to be the ‘godfather of the internet’. A Vice President and Dean of Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); frequent speaker at Massachusetts Masonic Lodges of Instruction. 
Butterfield, Daniel – Major General in the Civil War Union Army; holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor but known especially for his writing of America’s best known bugle call, “Taps” 
Byrd, Admiral Richard E. – American naval officer and explorer. He was the first to fly over the North Pole (with Floyd Bennet in 1926).
Byrd, Robert C. – The “Dean” of the US Senate. 
Byrnes, James F. – Supreme Court Justice and Secretary of State. He tried unsuccessfully to ease post-WW2 tensions between the US and the USSR.

When preparing this list, I was asked, “How does somebody know if a person is a Mason or not?”. The answer seemed simple: because they’re proud to say that they are – and since Masonry is not a “secret organization” as some would have you believe, then it’s pretty easy!

Calvo, Father Francisco – Catholic Priest who started Freemasonry in Costa Rica 1865
Canham, Erwin D. – Rhodes Scholar; Editor of The Christian Science Monitor; Governor of Guam  
Cantor, Eddie – Popular vaudevillian
Carroll, B. H. – First president of Southwestern Seminary and instrumental in the creation of the Department of Evangelism of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention
Carnahan, Melvin E. – Mel Carnahan was the State Treasurer, Lieutenant Governor and from 1993 to 2000 when he was killed in an airplane crash, the Governor of Missouri. He was so popular he was elected even after his untimely demise.
Carson, Christopher “Kit” – Frontiersman, scout and explorer
Cass, Lewis – American solider, politician and diplomat. Served as Secretary of War, Secretary of State, and U. S. Senator. He was a Grand Master of Iowa and the first Grand Master of Michigan.
Catton, John – U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Chamberlain, Joshua L. – The Union military leader who received the only battlefield promotion to general during the US Civil War and was credited with the victory in the crucial Battle of the Little Round Top for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery.  He was chosen to receive the surrender of the arms and colors of the Confederacy. A chivalrous man, he had his troops salute the defeated army as they marched by. Many believe that this singular act was crucial to begin the healing process at the end of that horrid war. He later served as Governor of his home state of Maine for four terms and was the President of Bowdoin College where he taught every subject in the curriculum except mathematics. He was the last soldier to die of wounds received in the Civil War and even today is used as an example in leadership by the US Army. See here and especially here (except for the date of death which is erroneous) for excellent online sites about this amazing man.
Chase, Carlton – First dedicated bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire.
Chennault, Clair Lee – American General nicknamed “Old Leather Face”, he organized the daring “Flying Tigers” and was a heroic symbol to the Chinese throughout World War II. An interesting story on Bro. Chennault is found here.
Christian, John T. – Baptist Minister; Professor of Church History and Librarian of the Baptist Bible Institute. The Library on the New Orleans seminary campus bears his name.
Chrysler, Walter P. – American automobile manufacturer who founded the Chrysler Corporation
Churchill, Winston – British politician and writer. Prime Minister (1940-1945 and 1951-1955). His inspiration is often credited with helping Britain survive under the onslaught of Hitler’s evil.
Citroen, Andre – French engineer and motor car manufacturer
Clark, Mark Wayne – US Army General who commanded the American Fifth Army when it made its initial landings on the Italian mainland. Later commanded the 15th Army Group consisting of the British Eight and American Fifth Armies as it effected the conquest of Italy.
Clark, Montague Graham, Jr. – Presbyterian minister and President of the School of the Ozarks.  
Clark, Roy – Country-Western star and singer; member of the Grand Ole Opry
Clark, Tom C. – Supreme Court Justice (1949-1967)
Clark, William – American explorer and frontier politician who joined another Freemason, Meriwether Lewis on the Lewis and Clark expedition (1804-6), the first overland exploration of the American West and Pacific Northwest. Clark was responsible for the careful mapmaking. He later served as Native American agent and governor of the Missouri Territory (1813-1821).
Clarke, John H. – Supreme Court Justice (1916-1922)
Clay, Henry – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Grand Master of Kentucky
Clayton, Lou  – Vaudevillian. He was part of the “Clayton and Durante” Vaudeville act with Jimmy Durante.
Cleaveland, Moses – Active in the Revolutionary War, he was the Founder of Cleveland, Ohio. 
Clemens, Samuel L. – Mark Twain – Writer and humorist. His famous works include the characters of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
Clinton, De Witt – Mayor of New York City, Governor of New York, and presidential candidate, he also served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New York.  
Clinton, George – Third Vice President of the United States and first to die in office.
Cobb, Ty – U. S. baseball player and manager who was the first player elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  We have a few more comments on Brother Cobb’s career here.
Cody, “Buffalo Bill” William – American guide, scout and showman, he founded the “Wild West Show” which toured Europe and America. Cody, Wyoming is named after him.
Cohan, George M. – American composer and lyricist, famous for such songs as “Yankee Doodle Dandy”
Cole, Nat ‘King’ – Great pianist and ballad singer
Coleman, Frank – Founder of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Collins, Ray  – Actor who played “Lt. Tragg”, the police officer who was Perry Mason’s nemisis.
Collodi, Carlo – Writer of ‘Pinocchio’
Colt, Samuel – Firearms inventor and manufacturer. He invented the first revolver.
Combs, Earle Bryan – Baseball Hall of Fame
Conner, W. T. – Taught theology at Southwestern Seminary 1910–1949.
Conz, Brian – NASCAR driver, he’ll pilot the car being sponsored by the 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Masons during 2007
Coward, Charles “The Count of Auschwitz” – Camberwell Old Comrades Lodge No. 4077, UGLE.  “The Count of Auschwitz” as he would come to be known, joined the British Army in 1937 and was captured by the Germans in 1940. In retrospect the Germans would have deeply regretted capturing Coward as he probably did more damage to the German cause than he ever could have done had he not been captured, for as a POW he basically launched a one man war. He escaped a total of nine times, including two times before he had even arrived at a POW camp! During one escape Coward was awarded the Iron Cross while posing as a wounded soldier in a German army field hospital. During another, Coward spotted a V-1 Rocket base and managed to convey its location to British Intelligence. Between escapes, Coward managed to continuously thwart the German war effort, organizing numerous acts of sabotage while serving on work details. For the remainder of the war, Coward continuously sent coded messages regarding military intelligence via letters to his family. In 1943, Coward was sent to the notorious Auschwitz . Here he was appointed the International Red Cross liaison for British prisoners of war  in the area. In this position, he devised an elaborate scheme to “buy” corpses of non-Jews by bribing guards with Red Cross supplies. At night, when Jews deemed unfit to work were being marched to the gas chambers, they would quickly jump out of line and conceal themselves in a ditch. Coward would then arrange for the corpses he had purchased to be spread along the road to substitute for the hidden Jews, who would then be smuggled away to freedom, using the identities of the corpses. In this way, Coward is estimated to have saved 400-800 Auschwitz inmates from death. Coward also used his Red Cross position to smuggle food and other supplies to Jewish prisoners, including dynamite, which was used to partially destroy the gas chambers. In 1944, Coward was transferred to a small work camp and was conscripted to work in an IG Farben-run coal mine. Along with his fellow POW’s, Coward did his best to deliberately slow down and sabotage production. After the war, Coward testified at the Nuremburg trials, and in 1953 testified in a lawsuit brought against IG Farben for using slave labor. During this trial the German judge commended Coward for his courage and remarked:  “He did this for the mere reason he and the prisoners were fellow human beings”. In 1963 Coward was awarded the title of one of the Righteous Among the Nations and had a tree planted in his honour in the Avenue of Righteous Gentiles in Israel. A book about Coward’s exploits, The Password is Courage , was published in 1954, and a movie of the same name was produced in 1962. He was also awarded the Israeli Peace medal; one of only two British citizens to be so honored, the other recipient being Bro. Winston Churchill.
sources: Wikipedia, HQ Magazine, ISSUE 17, April 2006, The Holocaust Educational Trust site
The above was too good to abbreviate and we owe a debt of gratitude to Bro. Christopher Tiplady, Secretary of Spokane #34, Spokane, Washington, USA for sending this to us! Thanks, Brother!
Craig, John B. – Career US foreign service officer and current (1999) Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman
Crockett, David (‘Davy’) – Frontiersman and politician. US Representative from Tennessee who joined the Texas revolutionaries fighting against. Mexico. He died at the siege of the Alamo.
Crawford, James – Rose from the lowest ranks to the top rungs of both the Minnesota State Patrol (Chief 1973-1979) and the US Army Reserves (Brig. General) and then served two terms as Mayor of Forest Lake, MN.
Crosby, Norm – Comedian and entertainer best known for his malaproprisms. Always seen on the Jerry Lewis telethons for muscular dystrophy in the US. He is a Past Master of a Lodge in Massachusetts. masonicinfo.com Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Crosley, Powel Jr. – Inventor, businessman, radio pioneer, and owner of a major league baseball team, all in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Senior citizens may well remember the very popular Crosley Radio although this Mason achieved fame in many, many areas including creation of his own automobile company and department store chain.
Crowe, William J. Jr. – Served as Commander-in-Chief, US Pacific Command; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on May 19, 1994.
Cushing, William – Supreme Court Justice

“Isn’t a Mason bound to answer truthfully when asked if they’re a Mason?” a recent online poster asked?  The answer is: no more than a person when asked if they’re a member of the Anglican Church or the National Rifle Association. However, except for those parts of the world where persecution would subject a member or his family to potential harm, most Masons are proud to have others know of their involvement – as this list attests!

Dallas, George M.  – 12th American Vice President, he also served as Minister to Russia (1837-39) and to Great Britain (1856-61)
Darrah, Delmar  – Stimulus, imagination and drive for the founding of the American Passion Play, a vivid portrayal of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, for more than four decades, one of the Midwest US’s greatest religious dramas and the forerunner of all such plays in the United States.
Daub, Hal – Mayor of Omaha, Nebraska (2001)
Dearborn, Major General Henry – Ranking US Army commander during the War of 1812. 
DeBar, Ben – One of the most famous of the early day US actors and one of the first of prominence to play in ‘talkies’.
Decroly, Ovide – Noted developer of educational psychology
Delaney, Martin – African-American abolitionist and arguably the first proponent of American Black Nationalism. Commissioned as a Major during the Civil War, he was the first African-American Line Field Officer in the United States Army.
delPilar, Marcelo – The “Father of Philippine Masonry”, a lawyer who founded the first daily newspaper published in the native Tagalog language.
DeMille, Cecil B. – Film director. DeMille directed the first Hollywood film, The Squaw Man, in 1914. DeMille became the creative genius behind Paramount Pictures and was integral to Hollywood’s development as the film capitol of the world. Two of his greatest film successes were The Ten Commandments (1923, remade 1956) and The Greatest Show on Earth(1952).
Dempsey, (William Harrison) Jack – Became a professional boxer in 1912 and  fought in more than 100 semi-pro and professional bouts before winning the heavyweight championship in 1919. If you are not reading this material at masonicinfo.com then it has been stolen in violation of copyright laws.He successfully defended his title five times before losing to Gene Tunney in an upset in 1926. In the rematch in 1927, Dempsey knocked Tunney down in the seventh round but delayed going to a neutral corner, so the referee gave the controversial “long count” (estimated from 14 to 21 seconds) and Tunney went on to win on points. Later became a restaurant owner in New York.
Desaguliers, John Theophilus – Inventor of the planetarium
Devanter, Willis Van – Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice 1911-37.
Dickens, Little Jimmy – Grand Old Opry member
Diefenbaker, John G. – Prime Minister of Canada 1957-63
Dirksen, Everett M. – American political leader, he served eight terms in the US House of Representatives and became Republican minority leader of the Senate. 
Dixon, Lt. George – Commander of the ill-fated submarine Hunley during the US Civil War. Lt. Dixon’s love of Freemasonry was shown by the artifacts recovered when the Hunley was found. See the story here.
Dole, Robert J. – Decorated Veteran, World War II; U.S. Congressman and Senator from Kansas, 1961–96; Majority and Minority Leader, U.S. Senate; Nominee for President of the United States 1996; Humanitarian and Philanthropist.
Dodge, Henry – First U.S. Marshal in Missouri, Governor of Wisconsin Territory, Senator from Wisconsin.
Doolittle, General James – American Army officer and aviator, he led the daring raids on Tokyo.
Douglas, James – Became Governor of Vermont in 2003. You can read about his Masonic involvement on the Grand Lodge of Vermont website
Douglas, William O. – US Supreme Court Justice for 36 years.
Dow, Herbert Henry – Founded Dow Chemical Co.
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan – British physician and writer, creator of the famous “Sherlock Holmes”.
Drake, Edwin L. – American pioneer of the oil industry
Dreyfus, Lee Sherman – 40th Governor of Wisconsin, he was the presenter in an inspirational DVD created by the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite which every Mason should see. Dreyfus is honored through the naming of the Lee Sherman Dreyfus University Center on the campus of UW–Stevens Point. Many buildings and parks in Wisconsin have also been named after Dreyfus. He was also elected to the Wisconsin Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame.
Driver, Captain Thomas – In 1831 received a delegation of ladies aboard his ship, the SS Charles. They presented him with a new flag which they had just made. Touched by the unexpected gift, he immediately ordered the new colors run up the mast and as he saluted declared, “I name thee Old Glory.” The name stuck and Bro. Driver carried “Old Glory” twice around the world.
DuBois, W.E.B. – Educator/Scholar and co-founder of the NAACP
Dunant, Jean Henri – Philanthropist who inspired the founding of the Red Cross
Dunlop, William Joseph “Joey” – Irish world champion motorcyclist, best known for road racing. In 2005 he was voted the fifth greatest motorcycling icon ever by Motorcycle News. Awarded the Order of the British Empire for his humanitarian work with children in Romanian orphanages. (See here for Wikipedia article.) Joey was a dedicated Mason, and visited Lodges throughout the world when he was on his travels, be it races or charity work.
Dym, Jack – Known to New Yorkers as “Jack The Hack”. Brother Dym was forced to leave high school just days before his graduation to serve in World War II. Upon his return, he became a New York City taxicab driver – one of the few friendly one, who gives smiley face balloons to his passengers – and has been doing that for some 57 years. Despite his own lack of a high school diploma, he put his children and grandchildren through college even selling a rare NYC taxi medallion (signifying ownership) for this purpose. In 2002, he wrote to his former high school and asked if he could attend their graduation, having missed his so many years before: the school welcomed his attendance with open arms and he even ‘danced the night away’ with the his wife of 50+ years and other high school graduates at the senior prom – wearing (what else?) the tuxedo he uses for Masonic events! Brother Dym was profiled on a June 30, 2002 segment of the nationally-aired CBS television program, Sunday Morning. Yet another famous Mason! 

Easton, Rufus – First postmaster west of the Mississippi River.
Ebbets, Charles H. – Owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team and President of the National League for 27 years. He build Ebbets Field.
Edson, Carroll A. – Co-founder of the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scout honor fraternity.
Edward VII – Prince of Wales and subsequently King of England
Edward VIII – King of England who abdicated the throne in less than 1 year in order to marry the woman he loved.
Elgin, Lord – In addition to being the Chief of the Name of Bruce, he is the Convenor of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, retired Brigadier General in the Scots Guard Reserve, and is a Knight of the Thistle. He is a former Grand Master Mason of Scotland (the Grand Master as styled in Scotland) and has been head of the Royal Arch Chapter in Scotland for many years. Additionally he is the worldwide head of the Royal Order of Scotland.  
Ellington, Duke – American jazz composer, orchestrator, bandleader, and pianist, considered the greatest composer in the history of jazz music and one of the greatest musicians of the 20th Century. 
Ellison, Sr., Dr. John Malcus – Past President of Virginia Union University and an author of various Masonic publications. He was an active member of the United Supreme Council – Southern Jurisdiction and a member of Jonathan Lodge #112 F&AM, Richmond, VA
Ellsworth, Oliver – The third Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court and responsible for the term “United States” appearing in the Constitution.
Enzi, Michael B. – United States Senator (Wyoming) whose father was also an active Mason and whose mother was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
Ernette, James L. – Pennsylvania State Trooper also served as Grand Master of the GL of PA (1998-99)  
Ervin Jr, Samuel J. – As U.S. Senator from North Carolina, he led the “Watergate” committee during the Nixon presidency and was widely praised for his fair-handed behavior.
Evanko, Col. Paul J. – Current (1999) Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police.
Evans, Bob – Famous restaurateur, his eateries are found throughout the United States.

Faber, Eberhard – Head of the famous Eberhard Faber Pencil Company.
Fairbanks, Douglas – American silent film actor known for his performance in swashbuckling adventures such as ‘Robin Hood’
Farragut, David G. – Admiral, US Navy. Leading Union naval officer of the US Civil War. 
Fell, Jesse – An early political leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, he was the first to successfully burn anthracite coal on an open air grate. His method and ‘discovery’ in 1808 led to the widespread use of coal as the fuel source that helped to foster America’s industrial revolution. He lived in the Fell House and Tavern until his death. The House stood until the 1980s when Wyoming Valley Health Care demolished it to build a parking lot. The bricks used to build the house are now in the house of Wayne Segar in Bear Creek Pennsylvania. The grate used by Fell is in the possession of the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society. A Past Master of Wilkes-Barre Lodge #61.
Feller, Bob – Hall of Fame baseball pitcher with the 28th most winning record.
Fernández-Juncos, Manuel – Hero of Puerto Rico, the capital’s second most important boulevard is named after him.
Fiala, Anthony – War correspondent and famous photographer of Brazilian and polar expeditions.
Field, Stephen J.  – US Supreme Court Justice (1863-1897)
Fields, W. C. – American entertainer known for his raspy voice, bulbous nose, and sardonic disposition. His films include My Little Chickadee (1940) and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941).
Fisher, Geoffrey – English churchman, the 99th Archbishop of Canterbury. He became Bishop of London in 1939, and archbishop of Canterbury in 1945. Fisher was a distinguished pastor and administrator, helping to reorganize the work of the Church of England after World War II. As President of the World Council of Churches (1946-54), he was a vigorous proponent of ecumenism.
Fitch, John – American inventor, who probably developed the first American steamboat, an achievement often attributed to American inventor Robert Fulton.
Fleming, Sir Alexander – British bacteriologist who discovered penicillin in 1928. He shared a 1945 Nobel Prize for this achievement.
Foelsche, Paul – First police inspector in Australia’s Northwest Territories.
Ford, Gerald R. – 25 year Congressman and Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives, he was appointed Vice President of the U.S. in the wake of the Spiro Agnew scandal. When President Richard Nixon resigned, he became the 38th President of the United States. 
Ford, Glenn – Famous US movie actor
Ford, Henry – Invented the first gasoline powered automobile in 1893, founded Ford Motor Company in 1903 and mass-produced the first widely available and affordable car. More about him here.
Francis, Russell Ross – Professional football player: New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers. 
Franklin, Benjamin – American printer (he published the first book to come off the press in the colonies – Anderson’s Constitutions of 1723), author, diplomat, philosopher, and scientist, whose contributions to the American Revolution (1775-1783), and the newly formed federal government that followed, rank him among the country’s greatest statesmen. He held the Masonic title of Grand Master of Pennsylvania and was one of the 13 Masonic signers of the Constitution of the United States.  
Francona, Tito – US baseball player for the Cleveland Indians. He held a record for the most hits for a player in under 400 at bats.
Frederick II (“The Great”) – King of Prussia (1712-1786) Effective military commander, music composer, patron of literature and the arts and institutor of many social reforms.
Fulton, Robert – Often referred to as a Mason (as a member of Hiram Lodge in New York City), his Masonic membership cannot be established factually.  At least one Masonic Lodge was named for him – Robert Fulton Lodge #104, New York, NY.  

Gable, Clark – American actor who played opposite nearly every major female star during the 1930’s. Perhaps best remembered for his role as Rhett Butler in ‘Gone with the Wind’, he had received an Academy Award as Best Actor (in the Best Movie) of 1934 (‘It Happened One Night’).
Gardiner, William Tudor – Former Governor of Maine, USA later Brigadier General, US Army. He was one of two American soldiers to enter Rome while still in the hands of the enemy to negotiate the Italian surrender.
Garfield, James A. – The 20th President of the United States, he was assassinated in 1881 and his death was the cause of considerable mourning in the US.
Gatchell, T. James (Jim) – With no formal post high school education, he became a pharmacist, historian and collector. As a volunteer fireman, he was injured twice and he acted as a physician during the 1918 flu epidemic and was involved in early skin graft. He was a musician and was fluent in Lakota and Plains Indian sign language. He collected historical objects from white pioneers and Indians from the Buffalo, Wyoming area. He died in 1954 and his collection is now the basis for a 2002 AAM accredited facility collection.
Gates, John  – Known as “Bet-a-million” Gates, he was the founder of Texaco Oil Company and popularized barbed wire.
Gatling, Richard J. – Inventor of the Gatling Gun which changed the face of warfare but also saved many lives as it was thereafter unnecessary to field so many men. He also invented a steam plow and numerous machines to sow seeds and improve the lives of farmers. In 1943 a US Destroyer was named in his honor.
George VI – King of England during World War II.
Gerry, Elbridge – American politician. Signer of the Declaration of Independence and a delegate to the Continental Congress, he served as Governor of Massachusetts (1810-1811) and Vice President of the United States until his death (1813-1814).
Gibbon, Edward – Writer, perhaps best known for the classic ‘Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’.
Gilbert, Sir William S. – British playwright and lyricist known for a series of comic operas including “H.M.S. Pinafore” and “The Pirates of Penzance” written with composer Sir Arthur Sullivan.
Gillette, King C. – American inventor and manufacturer who developed the safety razor and founded the Gillette Safety Razor Co.
Gilman, Benjamin A. – One of the highest ranking members in seniority, a U.S. congressman from the 20th New York District who in 1978 was successful as a champion of human rights.
Girard, Stephen – Born in France, he was an enormously successful merchant, mariner and banker. He largely financed the U.S. government during the War of 1812. 

Glenn, John H., Jr. – U. S. astronaut and first American to orbit the earth in a space craft in 1962, he became a U. S. Senator from Ohio from 1974 through 1998 and in November, 1998, returned to space 36 years after his original journey as the oldest American astronaut. “God speed, Brother Glenn!”Brother John Glenn

Glickman, Dan – US Congressman from Kansas and Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture 
Godfrey, Arthur – American television personality and one of the medium’s dominant stars throughout the 1950s as host of variety show programs. This redhead’s songs and skits with his ukulele entertained millions.
Goldwater, Barry – American politician, a conservative Republican he served as Senator from Arizona and unsuccessfully ran for president in 1964.
Gompers, Samuel – He led in the formation of the American Federation of Labor and (with the exception of one year) headed it from 1886 to 1924. He opposed socialism and communism and radicalism generally and kept the movement focused on economic goals and job security. He saw several reforms in child labor. 
Goodman, E. Urner – Co-founder of the Order of the Arrow, a Boy Scout honor fraternity.
Goodnow, David – Newscaster and former long-time news anchor on CNN News
Gorham, Bradford – Former Rhode Island House Minority Leader, he served as Master of his Masonic lodge.
Gorham, Nicholas – Son of Bradford and a RI State Representative.
Gowdy, Curtis E. “Curt” – National television and radio sports announcer and commentator, well known as the ‘voice’ of the Boston Red Sox. President of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Graham, Albert Belmont – Father of the 4-H Rural Youth Program. You can read about it here.  
Gray, Harold Lincoln – Creator of “Little Orphan Annie”  This website page was stolen from www.masonicinfo.com
Greeley, Adolphus – Noted polar explorer, a US stamp honors his achievements
Griffith, D. W. – Pioneer filmaker
Grissom, Virgil “Gus” – Astronaut who made the second crewed spaceflight in 1961, he was tragically killed in a launch pad explosion in 1967.
Grock – Swiss Circus Clown, known as the “King of Clowns” and recognized for his virtuosity in both circus and theatre.
Guillotin, Joseph Ignace – French physician and revolutionary who advocated for a more humane method of death which came to bear his name.

Hahnemann, Samuel – German physician and founder of homeopathy. His full name was Christian Frederich Samuel.
Hall, Prince  – The man whose name is honored by generations of black Freemasons who follow in his footsteps. There are several conflicting stories of his life and achievements.
Hamilton, Frederick William – Unitarian minister and President of Tufts College.
Hamilton, William W. – Named the Southern Baptist Convention’s Home Mission Board’s first head of the Department of Evangelism in 1906. He served as president of Baptist Bible Institute (BBI), now the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, from 1927to 1943. While president, he saved BBI from bankruptcy in 1932 when the school defaulted on $353,000 in bonds. President of the SBC from 1940 to 1942.
Hampton, Lionel – Best known for playing the vibraphones, he is a jazz giant.
Hancock, John – One of nine Masons – and the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, he was President of the Continental Congress and served nine terms as Governor of Massachusetts.
Harding, Warren G. – The 29th President of the United States. His political appointments engaged in serious corruption leading to the “Teapot Dome” scandal. He died in office. 
Hardy, Oliver – American comedian, famous for the slapstick abuse he inflicted upon his partner, Stan Laurel. 
Harlan, John M.. – U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Harrington, Jonathan – Last survivor of the Battle of Lexington 
Haydn, Franz Joseph – Austrian composer who exerted great influence on the development of the classical symphony.
Helms, Jesse – Well-known conservative US Senator from North Carolina, he has been a leader in the field of US foreign relations for decades.
Henry, Patrick – American colonial patriot, member of the Continental Congress, he spurred the creation of the Virginia militia with the famous words “Give me liberty or give me death”. Later served as the Governor of Virginia
Henley, Vernard W. Henley Sr. – C.E.O. and President, Consolidated Bank and Trust Co in Richmond, Virginia, the oldest Black owned Bank in the United States. Made a Mason at Sight in 1997 at the Annual Grand Lodge Session held in Arlington, Va. by The Most Worshipful Grand Master Of Virginia. (P.H.A.).
Henson, Matthew – Sole companion of Bro. Adm. Robert Peary when he discovered the North Pole in 1909. He authored the book “A Negro Explorer at the North Pole” and was honored by the White House before his death. Celestial Lodge #3, PHA, NYC.
Herkimer, Nicholas – Brigadier General of the US Revolution
Herrmann, Alexander – “King of Magic”
Hershey, Lewis – Director of the U.S. Selective Service for 30 years
Herter, Christian A. – Diplomat and Journalist; U. S. Secretary of State,  United States Congressman, and Governor of Massachusetts. 
Hoban, James – Irish-born American architect who designed and supervised the construction (1793-1801) and renovation (1815-1829) of the White House in Washington, DC.
Hobbs, Herschell Harold  (d. 1995). – An ordained Southern Baptist minister for 69 years, he wrote at least 147 books and Bible commentaries used in Southern Baptist churches. He preached more than 700 sermons on the syndicated radio program, the “Baptist Hour” between 1958 and 1978. He was president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1961-63. He was raised a Master Mason in Siloam Lodge No. 276 in Oklahoma City at the age of 54, which was during his first term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He became a Scottish Rite Mason in 1966 while a preacher on the “Baptist Hour”.
Hoe, Richard M. – Inventor and businessman.
Holland, Leonard – Longtime Adjutant General of the Rhode Island National Guard
Holliday, Frank Jr.  – American motion picture actor of the 1930s.
Hoover, Frank – A brand of vacuum cleaners is named after him.
Hoover, J. Edgar – American Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-1972). He is remembered for fighting gangsterism during the Prohibition ear (1919-1933) and for a vigorous anti-Communist campaign after World War II.
Hornish, Jr., Sam – Race car driver, he was the youngest champion of a major, North American open-wheel series in modern racing history. In 2001, he lead the Indy Northern Light Series from start to finish. You can follow Brother Sam’s racing career at www.samhornish.com
Hornsby, Rogers – US baseball player, led the National League in hitting for 5 years and had a lifetime batting average second only to Bro. Ty Cobb.
Horton, Frank Reed – Lawyer, textbook author, Scouter, and Founder of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, an organization at the forefront of college service fraternities.
Horton, Tim – Canadian ice hockey legend, he founded the donut chain which bears his name.
Houdini, Harry (Ehrich Weiss) – Premiere American magician known for his escapes from chains, handcuffs, straitjackets and padlocked containers, he was immensely proud of his Masonic affiliations and became a Shriner just before his untimely death.
Houston, Sam – American general who became the first President of the Republic of Texas even though his candidacy was announced only 12 days previously. He later served a second term. When Texas was admitted to the Union, he served as US senator and governor. 
Humphrey, Hubert H. – US Vice President under Lyndon Johnson.

Irvin Tommy – Georgia’s Commissioner of Agriculture and the state’s longest serving official, he is also a Past Grand Master.  
Irwin, James B. – American astronaut, he was a member of the 4th moon landing team.
Ives, Burl  – Legendary entertainer and ballad singer.

Jackson, Andrew – 7th President of the United States (1829-1837) and first Westerner to be elected President. A national military hero for his actions in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812, His term addressed many of the significant issues in the formation of the country but was marked by political partisanship so common in that time. He left a legacy of a strong presidency. He was Grand Master of Masons in Tennessee two terms (1822-1824).
Jackson, Reverend Jesse – Baptist Minister, American civil rights leader and politician. His concerns for the oppressed and his dramatic oratory have attracted a large grassroots constituency called the Rainbow Coalition.
Jackson, Robert H. – American Supreme Court Justice and Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Trials.
Janos, Paul – Mayor of Tarrytown, NY (2000)
Jeffries, John – Physician & pioneer balloonist; Revolutionary War Loyalist – surgeon with British forces; made first crossing of the English Channel by Balloon, January 7, 1785; delivered the first public lecture in New England on anatomy at Boston, 1789.  
Jenner, Edward – English physician. Discoverer of small pox vaccine.
Johansson, Bengt – Finnish composer  This website page was stolen from www.masonicinfo.com
Johnson, Andrew – The 17th President of the United States, he succeeded the assassinated Abraham Lincoln. An attempt to unseat Secretary of War Edwin Stanton led to his impeachment on purely political grounds; he was acquitted by one vote.
Johnson, Richard M. – American Vice President under Martin VanBuren  
Jolson, Al – American vaudeville and film performer, whose trademark became minstrel-style singing in blackface makeup. He starred in ‘The Jazz Singer’, the first important motion ‘talking’ picture with synchronized sound.
Jones, Anson – 5th President of the Republic of Texas
Jones, Frank – Hotel and brewery owner, President of the Boston & Maine Railroad, his hotel hosted the delegates to the conference that ended the Russo-Japanese War. Brother Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his skills in negotiating at that conference.
Jones, John Paul – Scottish born seaman, he became a naval hero and ‘Father of the U. S. Navy’. He later commanded Russian naval ships in their war against the Ottoman empire.
Jones, Melvin – One of the founders of the Lions International, the international service organization.
Juarez, Benito – First Native-American President of Mexico, he reestablished republican government there.

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, the names of the good and the famous adorn Freemasonry’s roll. We believe it’s really true: Masonry makes good men better

 Kahanamoku, Duke – A three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and native Hawaiian, his Olympic career spanned a remarkable 20 years, he is generally credited with popularizing the sport of surfing. He was the first person to be inducted into both the Swimming Hall of Fame and the Surfing Hall of Fame. The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF – a public nonprofit foundation giving grants and scholarships to Hawaii’s scholar athletes),  the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championships and the Honolulu government website are named in his honor.
Kahn, Gus  – Songwriter for Broadway and Hollywood musicals. His songs include “Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye”, “It had to be you” and “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby”.
Kalakaua, King David – Last monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom
Kamehameha (s), King (III, IV, and V) – all of whom were Monarchs of the Hawaiian Kingdom
Kane, Elisha Kent – Polar explorer and physician
Keating, Kenneth B. – Congressman and Senator from New York, Ambassador to India and then Israel. He died in office in 1975. (Note: this is NOT the Keating of the banking scandals!)
Kellar, Harry – America’s premier magician from 1887 to 1908
Kelly, Oliver Hudson – Agrarian reformer and Founder of the Grange
Kemp, Jack – US Republican Congressman from New York, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Vice Presidential candidate with Mason Bob Dole 
Kheraskov,  Mikhail – Journalist, publisher and trustee of Moscow University
King, Charles – American biochemist who isolated vitamin C.
King, Ernest Joseph – Fleet Admiral, he was Commander-in-Chief of the US Fleet in 1941 and Chief of Naval Operations from 1942-1945.  
King, Karl L. – One of America’s top four march composers (1891-1971)
King, William – First Governor of Maine and first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Maine, he held both offices simultaneously.
King, William Rufus – American Vice President, he died in office. His bust is in the Senate wing of the US Capitol.
Kipling, Rudyard – British writer who won the Nobel Prize for literature. Many of his works have strong Masonic themes and some are specifically about Freemasonry, despite the fact that he was only active in his lodge for a brief period of time. Eschewing most honors, Bro. Kipling accepted recognition from Freemasonry by being named one of forty living Fellows of the Philalethes Society.
Kleinknecht, Kenneth S. – Manager for Command and Service Modules in the Apollo space program  
Knox, Major General Henry – US Revolutionary War hero, he was the first Secretary of War under the U.S. Constitution. A Masonic lodge named in his honor was constituted on the gun deck of the USS Constitution (‘Old Ironsides’) in 1926. Knoxville, Tennessee and the famous “Fort Knox” were named in his honor.
Kossuth, Lajos (Louis) – Tireless campaigner for Hungarian freedom, he was the first ‘foreigner’ to address the U. S. Congress after Lafayette.
Kostiainen, Pekka – Finnish Composer
Kresge, Sebastian S. – Founded S. S. Kresge, one of the great Five and Dime Stores. It’s now known as K-Mart.
Kruger, David – An optometrist who, in an era of racial discrimination, opened his office to all regardless of race or social status. His efforts on behalf of children have been untiring and he was honored by a tribute in the Congressional Record in September, 2002. You can read about this remarkable man and Mason here.
Kutuzov, Mikhail – Russian field marshal who distinguished himself in the wars against Turkey (1770-1774 and 1787-1791) and commanded (1805-1812) the Russian opposition to Napoleon.

Ladd, Dr. Joseph – Pioneer in Rhode Island on behalf of the mentally retarded
Lafayette, Marquis de – French soldier and politician, he took part in the American Revolution as a close supporter and friend of Brother George Washington.
Lake, Simon – Engineer who built the first submarine to operate successfully in open sea.
LaGuardia, Fiorello – American politician, the major airport in New York city is named in his honor. 
Lamar, Joseph R. – US Supreme Court Justice
Lamar, Mirabeau B. – American politician and diplomat, he was the 2nd President of the Republic of Texas and later served as Minister to Nicaragua.
Land, Frank S. – In 1919, founded the Order of DeMolay, a fraternal organization for young men aged 12-21. Originally a group of fatherless boys, DeMolay quickly grew and was ‘adopted’ by Freemasonry in the United States. Today DeMolay is international in scope and millions of boys and men still refer to the founder of the Order as “Dad”.
Lawrence, J. B. – Vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention and Secretary-Treasurer of the Home Mission Board for 30 years.
Lawrence, James – A US Navy Captain at age 31,  he bravely commanded the Chesapeake against the frigate Shannon in the War of 1812. He was buried with Masonic and military honors.
Lawton, Henry Ware – US Civil War Medal of Honor winner, he was a Major General at the famous charge of the Rough Riders at San Juan Hill by Bro. Col. Theodore Roosevelt. He was killed in a battle against insurgents in the Philippines and has been honored by them on a postage stamp issued in 1966.
Leidy, Joesph – Naturalist, known as the “father of American paleontology”. 
LeJeune, John A. – Major General, U.S. Marine Corps and 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps (1920-1949) he earned the proud title of “the greatest leatherneck of them all”.
Lemon, Mark – English founder and Editor of Punch Magazine 
Lewis, Meriwether – American soldier and explorer who, with fellow Mason William Clark conducted the first overland exploration of the West and Pacific Northwest. He also served as Governor of the Louisiana Territory and was proclaimed a National Hero. He was the first Master of St. Louis Lodge #111.
Lillie, Gordon – “Pawnee Bill” – US Frontiersman and showman, an occasional partner to Mason “Wild Bill” Cody
Lincoln, Elmo – First actor to play ‘Tarzan of the Apes’ (1918)
Lindbergh, Charles – American aviator who made the first solo transatlantic flight.
Lipton, Sir Thomas – British merchant and yacht racer who opened a successful chain of grocery stores in Great Britain and established tea processing factories in England and the US.
Livingston, Robert R. – American statesman and diplomat, he was a member of the Continental Congress, was on the committee which drew up the Declaration of Independence and was a co-negotiator for purchase of Louisiana Territory.
Lloyd, Harold C. – Entertainer and American silent film actor
Long, Odel Squier – Clerk of the Supreme Court of West Virginia for 30 years.
Lord, John Wesley – Bishop, United Methodist Church  
Lott, Trent – US Senator from Mississippi and former Senator Majority Leader.
Loving, Oliver  – “Dean of the Texas trail-drivers”. The Goodnight-Loving Trail was named in his honor.
Lyons, Theodore A. – Baseball pitcher who struggled to bring credibility back to the shattered Chicago White Sox out of their scandal-ridden period in the early 1900s.

MacArthur, General Douglas – A former US Chief of Staff, he commanded the Allied Forces in the South Pacific during World War II. He promised the Filipino people “I shall return” to save them from the occupying Japanese Forces. He was ultimately removed from military leadership by another Mason, President Harry S. Truman.
MacDonald, Sir John A. – The first Prime Minister of the Dominion of Canada (1867-1873 and 1878-1891 when he died in office). Began the creation of rail service across Canada. 
MacLean, John B. – Founder of MacLeans Magazine.
Macquarie, Lauchlan – Major General and the first governor in Chief of New South Wales.  During his twelve years in office he raised NSW from a prison camp to a thriving colony.
Majors, Alexander – One of the three founders of the short-lived but famed Pony Express in the United States, each rider was required to take an oath to clean living and honesty. Its inspiration is immediately familiar to Masons. “You will raise your arm to a level square and repeat after me:….” Those participating in the annual reenactment are required to take a nearly identical oath today. A great source of Pony Express information is here.
Macy, Rowland Hussey – Owner of a small dry goods store in Haverhill, Massachusetts, he was the founder of R. H. Macy & Company, New York City.
Malmskog, William – First amputee firefighter in California history. Read his story here.
Marsh, Daniel L. – (1880-1968) Clergyman and Educator. President of Boston University, 1925-1952; Chancellor of Boston University, 1951-1968; Doctorates from many colleges and universities but was a down-to-earth and friendly person. On a personal note, at the behest of his son-in-law, a Methodist Minister, he met with this site’s author who was then a high school senior and encouraged him to attend college, personally approving his admission to BU!  The huge dome of Marsh Chapel named in his honor dominates the campus of Boston University on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.
Marsh, Henry – First Black Mayor of Richmond, Virginia (1977)
Marshall, George C. – American soldier, diplomat and politician. He served as Secretary of State from 1947-1949 and organized the European Recovery Plan most often referred to as the “Marshall Plan” for which he received the 1953 Nobel Peace Prize. 
Marshall, James W. – Discovered Gold at Sutter’s Mill California 1848
Marshall, John – A former Grand Master of his Grand Lodge (Virginia), he servied as Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court 1801 – 1835 and firmly established the judiciary branch of US government.
Marshall, Peter – Presbyterian pastor of churches in Georgia & Washington, DC, Chaplain of the US Senate and author of such books as ‘Mr. Jones, Meet the Master’. His biography is entitled “A Man Called Peter”.
Marshall, Thomas R. – 22nd Vice President of the United States.
Marshall, Thurgood – The first Black to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States
Mason, William Castein – A physician who practiced both medicine and Masonry actively in his native city of Bangor, Maine from the date of his graduation from Harvard University to the day he laid down his working tools. The statement is literally true for within 48 hours of his passing, he performed an extremely difficult operation of which 30 years before he was one of the founders. Named in his honor is the main auditorium of Maine’s second largest hospital where he practiced all his life. (Mason Auditorium at Eastern Maine Medical Center.)
Massey, Hart – Massey-Ferguson farm equipment
Mathews, Stanley – US Supreme Court Justice
Mayer, Louis B. – Film producer who merged to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Maynard, David S. “Doc”  – Pioneer settler doctor who named the city of Seattle, Washington. He helped create the Washington Territory.
Mayo, Dr. Charles – One of the brothers who began the world-famous Mayo Clinic, recognized as the first ‘medical group practice’ in the United States.
Maytag, Fredrick – Headed the company which produced farm equipment, the now little-known Maytag car and the first washing machine capable of being operated by an outside power source.
McCall, Abner V.  – President, Chancellor and President-Emeritus of Baylor University in Texas, he also served as the First Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention (1979-80) and a long-time leader of the Organization of Baptist Colleges and Universities. He wrote “In thousands of meetings of Freemasons and of Baptists stretching back 60 years, I have seen nothing that made my belief and work in the Fraternity of Freemasons incompatible with my belief and work as a member of a Southern Baptist church.”
McCarthy, Glenn H. – Famous Houston oilman, known as “king of the wildcatters”; built the Shamrock Hotel and was the basis for the character of Jett Rink played by James Dean in the 1956 film “Giant”.”
McCown, John – Confederate General who died while attending his lodge meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas
McCoy, Clyde L. – Inventor of the ‘wah-wah- trumpet and talented musical arranger.
McHenry, James – Was a surgeon in the American Revolution and private secretary to Generals Washington and Lafayette. Fort McHenry, Maryland, of “Star Spangled Banner” fame was named after this U.S. Secretary of War.
McKenzie, Dr. Parker Paul – A Kiowa Indian, he created an alphabet and recorded the words, grammar and syntax to provide a written language for Kiowa. At the time of his death in 1999, he was the oldest living Kiowa. 
McKinley, William – The 25th President of the United States (1897-1901). His presidency was marked by the Spanish-American War (1898), the annexation of Cuba and the Philippines, an open-door policy with China, and the passage of the Gold Standard Act (1900). He was assassinated by an anarchist in Buffalo, New York.
Mclellan, Archibald – Editor-in-Chief , The Christian Science Monitor.
McLemore, Richard A. – President of Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi.
Melchior, Lauritz – One of the world’s foremost Wagnerian tenors.  
Mellon, Andrew – Financier, public official, philanthropist; He helped found the Union Trust Company of Pittsburgh (1898), the Gulf Oil Corporation (1895), the Pittsburgh Coal Company (1899), the Aluminum Company of America, and the company that built the Panama Canal locks. He served as Secretary of the Treasury under three presidents and stressed policies aimed at reducing the national debt. He forged agreements with European governments for repayment of their World War I debts and served as ambassador to Britain (1932–33). In 1913 he established the Mellon Institute for Industrial Research and he endowed the National Gallery of Art (1937).
Mellos, Nicholas – Senior Chief Petty Officer, US Navy. He was the senior enlisted person on the P3 airplane which was rammed by a Chinese jet and forced to land in China in 2001. In addition to being awarded the Air Medal, Senior Chief Mellos was one of only two crew members awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his bravery and leadership during their captivity.  (The other MSM went to the aircraft’s Commanding Officer.)  Bravo Zulu, Senior Chief – from another Senior Chief/Mason!
Menninger, Dr. Karl A. – Psychiatrist famous for treating mental illness and headed the Menninger Foundation until his death in 1990.
Menninger, Dr. William – Psychiatrist with the Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas. Was active with the Boy Scout movement and in 1934 wrote the “Skipper’s Handbook” for Sea Scout Leaders.
Mercherle, George Jacob – Founder of State Farm Insurance
Mesmer, Franz Anton – practiced Mesmerism, the precursor of hypnosis in modern psychotherapy.
Mfume, Kweisi – U. S. Congressman and President and CEO of the NAACP.
Michelson, Albert Abraham – Successfully measured the speed of light in 1882. For this and other pioneering work in optical instrumentation, he became the first American scientist to win a Nobel Prize (1907).
Minton, Sherman – US Senator and Supreme Court Justice from 1949-1956.
Mitchell, Edgar D. – US Astronaut who flew on the Apollo 14 mission.
Mix, Tom – Champion rodeo rider, soldier and cowboy, he stared in over 400 western films
Mokranjac, Stevan – Serbian composer (1856-1914)
Molson, John – Founder of Molson Breweries.
Monroe, James – The fifth President of the United States (1817-1825), whose administration was marked by the acquisition of Florida (1819), the Missouri Compromise (1820), in which Missouri was declared a slave state, and the profession of the Monroe Doctrine (1823), which declared U.S. opposition to European interference in the Americas.
Montgolfier, Jacques Etienne – Co-developer with his brother of the first practical hot-air balloon.
Montgomery, Richard – First general officer of the (US) Continental Army to be killed in battle (in the attack on the British fort at Quebec City).
Moody, William H. – Supreme Court Justice
Moore, David – Well known Baptist pastor in Southeastern New Mexico until his death in 1992 at the age of 103.
Morris, Rob – Lawyer, educator, ‘Poet Laureate of Masonry’, and founder of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus – (1756-1791) Austrian composer considered among the greatest and most prolific composers in history. Of his more than 600 compositions, the finest works, including his last three symphonies (1788) and the operas Don Giovanni (1787)and The Magic Flute (1791), were written in the last five years of his short life.
Murphy, Audie – Most decorated American Soldier of WWII, he also achieved fame as an actor in movies (Westerns). An autobiographical movie was made of his heroic combat exploits. He was active and interested in Freemasonry as this page on this excellent website about his life explains.
Murrow, Joseph Samuel – Southern Baptist Home Missionary and the ‘Founder of Freemasonry in Oklahoma’, he is said to have established more than 100 churches.

Freemasonry regards no man for his worldly wealth or honors. All Masons meet together as equals and put aside their power and position in order to gather in harmony.

Naismith, James – Canadian-born American sports educator who invented the game of basketball.
Navikov, Nikolay – Russian journalist who debated with Tzarina Ekaterina the Great and a publisher who published more books than ever before in history.
Neilsen, Neils F. F. Jr. – For decades, Brother Neilsen fought to preserve the ‘Old Man of the Mountain’, the state symbol of New Hampshire. This huge granite formation is emblazoned on articles throughout New Hampshire. He was honored by being named ‘Caretaker-Emeritus’ of the monument. Sadly, in 2003 despite the many years and untold hours of labor to ensure that the elements would not destroy the monument, the ‘Old Man’ after standing in place for untold millennia, collapsed and broke apart.  
Nelson, Samuel – Supreme Court Justice
New, Harry S. – Postmaster General of the United States who established Airmail
Newman, Robert – Revolutionary War Patriot. He was the Sexton of Christ Church (Old North), Boston, when lanterns were hung for Paul Revere. He served as Grand Tyler for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
Newton, Joseph Fort – Christian Minister and Masonic Author
Newton, Louie D. – President of the Southern Baptist Convention; Vice President of the Baptist World Alliance; served 27 years on the SBC Executive Committee.
Nicholas, Samuel – First American Marine Corps officer, he was also considered the first Commandant of the Marines. He owned the Tun Tavern which the Corps considers their birthplace and which was also the meeting place of the first lodge in Pennsylvania.
Nicholson, Samuel – American Navy and first Commander of the famous frigate, U.S.S. Constitution.
Nickerson, LtGen Herman Jr., USMC – Former Commanding General, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Commander of I-Corps theater of operations in Vietnam
Nunn, Sam – Respected former U.S. Senator from Georgia. For seven years, he Chaired the Armed Services Committee.

O’Bannon, Pressley Neville – As a U.S. Marine Lieutenant and Mason, he placed the first ‘Stars & Stripes’ on foreign soil in defense of US national interests. His heroic achievement was the basis for the line in the Marine Corps hymn, “…to the shores of Tripoli.”
O’Higgins, Bernardo – the Liberator of Chile. Educated in England but returned to his country to lead them in their fight for independence from Spain.
Olds, Ransom E. – American automobile inventor and manufacturer. Founded the Olds Motor Company which produced the Oldsmobile.
Oppenheimer, David – Mayor of Vancouver who had the foresight to preserve and enormous tract of land for use as a park, dedicated to Lord Stanley, yet another Freemason.
Otis, James – American Revolutionary politician and publicist. Famous for “Taxation without Representation is Tyranny”

Paisley, Brad – Top U.S. country singer and songwriter. Here’s his website!
Palmer, Arnold – Golf Professional who for years set the example to make golf a ‘gentlemen’s’ sport
Papst, Charles F. – Coined the term “Athletes Foot”
Paterson, David – In 2002, he was elected minority leader of the New York State Senate, the first non-white legislative leader in New York’s history. In 2004 in Boston, he became the first visually impaired person to address a Democratic National Convention. And 2006 saw Mr. Paterson make history again by being elected New York’s first African-American lieutenant governor.With the resignation of the Governor, Bro. Paterson became Governor of New York in March, 2008.
Peale, Rev. Norman Vincent – American cleric, founder of “Guidepost”, and known for his famous book, “The Power of Positive Thinking”
Peary, Admiral Robert E. – First man to reach the North Pole (1909)  This website page was stolen from www.masonicinfo.com
Penney, J. (James) C. – US retailer who donated large amounts of money to charity
Pepper, Claude – US Senator from Florida, he was an active supporter of rights for senior citizens and when he died in 1989 he was the oldest man ever to serve in Congress.
Perham, Joe – Legendary Maine humorist, Joe is a storyteller, speaker, writer and actor. He’s also a Past Master of his lodge in Maine. A great act if you can get to see his performance. www.joeperham.com
Perkins, Jacob – Early American Engraver and Engineer; emigrated to England in 1819 and established the bank note firm of Perkins, Fairman and Heath; this firm produced the first British postage stamps, including the famous “Penny Black”.
Perry, Matthew – American Naval hero, he commanded one of the first steam ships and made a famous expedition to the Far East opening it for trade.
Pershing, John Joseph – (“Black Jack”) American Army General who led the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War I. In 1921, he was given the rank of General of the Armies, a rank only conferred once.
Pickett, General George E. – One of the three Confederate generals who attacked the Union lines at the US Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, the famous ‘Pickett’s Charge’ is named after him.
Pike, Albert – Pioneer, explorer, Confederate General, he re-wrote the rituals of the US Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite Bodies. Read more about him here.
Pike, Zebulon M. – Discovered the great peak that bears his name. He was killed in action at Toronto during the War of 1812. (Note: there is some controversy about whether the Freemason was Zebulon Pike or his son.) 
Pinchot, Bronson – Popular American actor, well-known for his “Balki Bartokamous” character in the television series ‘Perfect Strangers’ which ran from 1986-1993. He also starred in a mini-series of Stephen King’s ‘The Langoliers’ as the murderous Toomey and continues to accumulate film credits and plaudits. Became a Mason in Harford Lodge #445, Pennsylvania in December, 2002.
Pitney, Mahlon – US Congressman and later Supreme Court Justice
Poinsett, Joel R. – First U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and an amateur botanist who developed the flower: Poinsettia.
Polk, James Knox – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Governor of Tennessee and eleventh President of the U.S.
Pound, Roscoe – Dean, Harvard University School of Law; President International Academy of Comparative Law. He served as a Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and was considered an outstanding authority on Masonic jurisprudence. A charter member of ‘The Harvard Lodge’. 
Preble, Edward – Commander of USS Constitution and US Navy hero, he was one of the first five commissioned Lieutenants at the creation of the US Navy. At the commissioning of a new warship named in his honor, the ship’s Commanding Officer and members of the crew as well as the Grand Lodges of Maine and Massachusetts laid a wreath at his grave in Portland, Maine.
Potter, Henry Codman – Anglican Bishop of New York 1887-1908.
Pullman, George – Inventor and businessman, he built first sleeping car on train which became a standard throughout the world.
Purdy, George I. – One of the most well-respected businessmen in post-WWII Japan. His autobiography – A Summer for a Lifetime – is one which should be read by Masons and non-Masons alike and talks at length about the importance of Freemasonry in his life. You can buy it at  www.goanchor.com. Read the reviews here.
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeyvich – Famous Russian poet and author who, among other works, wrote “Boris Godunov”.
Putnam, Israel – One of four Major Generals at the start of the Revolutionary War, he was the only one to serve throughout. He is remembered for his order to his troops at the Battle of Bunker Hill: “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.” His son joined Freemasonry as well.
Putnam, Rufus – American Revolutionary War General, ‘Father of the Northwest Territory’ and First Grand Master of Masons in Ohio.

Quezon, Manuel L. – First President of the Philippine Senate, first Commonwealth of the Philippines and first Grand Master of Philippine Freemasonry.
Quitman, John Anthony – Legislator, Governor or Mississippi and US Congressman, he served as Grand Master of Masons

“Isn’t a Mason bound to answer truthfully when asked if they’re a Mason?” a recent online poster asked?  The answer is: no more than a person when asked if they’re a member of the Anglican Church or the National Rifle Association. However, except for those parts of the world where persecution would subject a member or his family to potential harm, most Masons are proud to have others know of their involvement – as this list attests!

Rangel, Charles – U.S. Democratic Congressman from New York
Rašín, Dr. Alois – Resistance fighter and Czech Republic economist. The first act of Czech law is in his handwriting. In 1923, Rašín was to become the first Czechoslovak victim of communist terror.
Reed, Stanley F. – US Supreme Court Justice (1938-1957)
Reilly, John Good “Long John”  – Professional US baseball player for Cincinnati 1880-1891.
Revere, Paul – American silversmith, engraver and Revolutionary hero who on April 18, 1775 made his famous ride to warn “The British are coming!” as celebrated in a poem by Longfellow. Revere was a Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
Rhodes, Elisha Hunt – If you saw filmmaker Ken Burns’ epic production ‘The Civil War‘, you are surely familiar with this name! Brother Rhodes diary was one of the chief sources quoted throughout and in it, he speaks of an incident at Gettysburg where he witnessed Union soldiers retrieve the body of a ‘Rebel’ and give it a proper burial because they had determined that he was a brother Mason. Rhodes states that he did not understand these actions but within a year he joined the fraternity while on leave in Rhode Island and in 1892-1893 was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island.
Richards, Michael – The talented actor most popularly known as “Kramer” from the Seinfeld television series. In November, 2006, he exploded in a racist rant that has received unfavorable publicity around the world. See our comments on that here
Richardson, Elliott – Decorated soldier (Bronze Star & 2 Purple Hearts), he held many top governmental posts. As Attorney General of the United States, he resigned in what became known as the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s orders to fire Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox who had been investigating White House wrongdoings. 
Richardson, Kermit – Master, The National Grange 2003
Richet, Charles Robert – French physician, physiologist and metaphysician, he was the co-discoverer of the medical phenomenon which he named anaphylaxis and in 1913 received the Nobel Prize for physiology.  
Rickenbacker, Eddie – American aviator who was the most decorated combat pilot of World War I and later became president of Eastern Airlines.
Rickey, Branch – US baseball executive most remembered as the General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he created the ‘farm system’ for developing players and he hired Jackie Robinson to break the ‘color line’ in baseball.
Ridgeway, General Matthew B. – US Army Chief of Staff.
Ringling Brothers – All 7 of these famous Circus brothers and their father were Masons.
Rizal, José – “The George Washington of the Philippines” who was a patriot, poet, novelist, physician, and active Mason. Today one finds monuments to Rizal nearly everywhere in the Republic of the Philippines.
Robinson, “Sugar Ray” – American prizefighter and six time world champion (once as a welterweight and five times as a middleweight)
Roemer, Buddy (Charles E.) – Louisiana Governor 1988-1992.
Rogers, Roy   (Leonard Franklin Slye) – “King of the Cowboys”. American singer and actor who played a singing cowboy in motion picture Westerns. Always wearing the white hat, Rogers played the hero who never killed his opponent but rather would shoot him in the hand to wound him. On his grave is proudly displayed the Cross of his faith and his 33rd Degree Masonic emblem.
Rogers, Will – Actor and  beloved Humorist; noted for his wry, homespun commentary on society and politics.
Roman, Charles Lightfoot – Canadian physician, one of the first in the field of industrial medicine, served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge in Canada and apparently was the first African American to head a ‘mainstream’ Grand Lodge in North America (1952).
Roosevelt, Franklin D. – Governor of New York and 32nd President of the United States, he was the only US president to be reelected four times. He brought his country out of the Great Depression, guided them through World War II and died in office. He was succeeded by another Mason, Harry S. Truman.
Roosevelt, Theodore – Hero of the Spanish-American War, Governor of New York, Vice President and when President (and Mason) William McKinley was assassinated, he became the 26th President of the United States. Winner of the Nobel peace prize.
Root, Joseph Cullen – “Giant of American Fraternalism” Responsible for the establishment of Modern Woodmen of America and other Woodmen groups.
Ross, Edmund G. – United States Senator who cast the one impartial vote of “Not Guilty” thus saving President (and Brother) Andrew Johnson from impeachment and preserving the American system of Constitutional government.
Rudolph, Donald E. Sr. – US Medal of Honor recipient – the highest award for military valor given by the United States – for heroic action during action in the Philippines during World War II. He was a member of Minnesota Chapter #25 National Sojourners until his death in May, 2006.
Rusk, John W. – Gained national prominence as “Uncle Sam”, he was a regular fixture in any event involving the Nation’s Capitol in his striped pants, top hat and stilts.
Russell, Richard B. – US Senator and member of the “Warren Commission” investigating the assassination of President Kennedy. 
Rutledge, Wiley B. – Supreme Court Justice (1943-1949).

“How does somebody know if a person is a Mason or not?”. The answer is simple: because they’re proud to say that they are – and since Masonry is not a “secret organization” as some would have you believe, then it’s pretty easy! The exception would be in those places where totalitarian, repressive government restricts the human rights of freedom. To admit that one is a freedom in such circumstances could result in death.

Salten, Felix– Creator of Bambi
Saltonstall, Leverett – Three term Governor of Massachusetts and US Senator for 21 years. 
Sanders, Colonel Harland  – Fried chicken magnate, his Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets are found world-wide. He perfected his Original Recipe® of 11 secret herbs and spices in 1939. When he died in 1980, his body laid in state in the Rotunda of the Kentucky State Capital.
Sarnoff, David – Russian-born American broadcasting executive, he started as an office worker with Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company, which was later absorbed by the Radio Corporation of America. Rising to the top ranks of RCA, he organized the National Broadcasting Company, the first permanent broadcasting network, as part of RCA.
Savalas, Telly – Actor who became famous as the bald police detective who was strong on the outside but gentle inside – and always had a lollypop in his mouth. His brother George  was an actor also. 
Sayers, Joseph Drayton “JD”  – Methodist Layman, Adjutant General of the Confederate Army, US Congressman and Governor of Texas 
Schaefer, Julius Earl – Founded the company which later became Boeing’s Wichita plant and oversaw production of large volumes of aircraft during World War II 
Schalk, Ray (Raymond William)  – During an 18-year career as a catcher, primarily with the Chicago White Sox, he established many league records for fielding. Nicknamed “Cracker,” he was an honest member of the “Black Sox” club that conspired to lose the 1919 World Series. In 1955 he was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame 
Schenck, Joseph  – Part of the best-known two-man vaudville singing team of Van and Schenck
Schmidt, Milton C. “Milt” – Professional Hockey Player; awarded the national Hockey League’s highest award “The Hart Trophy – Most Valuable Player” 1951. 
Schirra, Walter M. – Made a “Mason at Sight” by the Grand Master of Masons of Florida, he carried several Masonic items with him on his Apollo 7 flight and was the command pilot on the history-making Gemini 6 flight which made a rendezvous with  the already orbiting Gemini 7 spacecraft, the first rendezvous of two manned, maneuverable spacecraft.
Schmitt, George J.  – Chicago business magnate This website page was stolen from www.masonicinfo.com
Schmuck, Elmer N. – Episcopal priest, he served as Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Wyoming from 1929 until his death in 1936.
Schoonover, George – Founder of “The Builder”.
Schumer, Charles E. – Senior U.S. Senator from the State of New York, he’d previously served 18 years in the US House of Representatives
Scott, Sir Walter – Novelist and poet, his journal is an important record of the times in which he lived.
Sciubba, Elvio – Chief Controller, Italian Treasury Department.
Seaton, Scott  – American film actor. Seen in ‘Joan of Arc’ (1948) and Donovan’s Reef (1963) 
Sellers, Peter – English actor and comedian, his popularity was unrivalled as the incompetent Inspector Clouseau in a series of films that began with The Pink Panther (1963) and extended beyond his death to The Trail of the Pink Panther (1982). He received an Oscar nomination for ‘Being There’ (1980).
Service, Robert W. – Canadian poet among whose works are “The Cremation of Sam McGee”
Sexson, William Mark – Ordained Minister and, in 1922, founded the Order of Rainbow for Girls
Sheffield, James E. – First Black Circuit Court Judge appointed in the City of Richmond, Virginia
Sibelius, Jean – Finnish composer whose symphonic poems reflect a romantic and intensely nationalistic approach to music. One of his most famous pieces is the tone poem, Finlandia (1899). Brother Sibelius composed a whole ritual music covering all degree work in Craft Lodges (Opus 113, Musique Religieuse) and is the only complete ritual music for organs and vocalist.
Simcoe, John Graves – Hero of the Revolutionary War, Founder of Ontario and Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, Canadians annually celebrate Simcoe Day in August.
Simmons, Robert – U. S. House of Representatives 2000. Formerly Connecticut State Representative.
Simpson, Russell  – Prolific American film actor, he had a long career spanning from 1914 to 1959. ‘Beloved by all who knew him’.
Sitter, Carl L. – U. S. Congressional Medal of Honor winner, he was a Marine Corps Company Commander at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir at Hagaru-ri during the Korean War.  At the time of his death, he was attending Virginia Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Education and was scheduled to receive his Master of Divinity Degree a month later.    

A picture containing text, person, old  Description automatically generatedEntertainer/Comedian/’Clown’/Artist/Mason“Good Night and May God Bless”Brother Red will be remembered countless decades hence for his hilarious family comedy. When others used obscenities to get a ‘cheap laugh’, he kept high standards and refused to follow. He was always ‘the clown’ – including with the Shrine. He was also an accomplished artist and painter. His clown paintings are exceptional pieces of art which command high prices. His memorable “Pledge of Allegiance” talk can be found here.

Smith, Joseph – Founder of the Mormon Church. We have a page about Mormonism and Freemasonry here.
Smith, John Stafford – Composer, and musical scholar, born in England. He wrote vocal music, and the tune of “The Star-spangled Banner’, the US National Anthem.
Soboleff, Walter A., Rev. – Tlinglit American Indian, Presbyterian Minister, spiritual, business and community leader in Juneau, Alaska
Sousa, John Philip – U.S. Marine Band leader from 1880 – 1892, he wrote numerous marches including the US’s ‘national march’, “The Stars and Stripes Forever”.
Spanos, Alex G. – Owner of the San Diego Chargers professional football team and founder of 10 companies that bear his name, Bro. Spanos is one of the US’s greatest businessmen.
Spruill, Lionell – Presently a Member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Served as Grand Master for the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia 1994-1996.
Stanford, (Amasa) Leland – Railroad builder and government official; he became governor of California (1861–63) and a founder and president of the Central Pacific Railroad (1863–93).  If you are not reading this material at masonicinfo.com then it has been stolen in violation of copyright laws. He made a fortune, and, with his wife, founded and endowed Leland Stanford, Jr., University (1885) in memory of their only son (who died in 1884 at age 15). He drove the gold spike linking the US continent’s railroad lines.
Stafford, Robert T. – United States Senator from Vermont, he never lost an election in a career that spanned 41 years and touched every rung in the political ladder in Vermont, a feat not matched since. His contribution to education while in the Senate resulted in the Stafford Loan program which bears his name.
Stanley, Sir Frederick Arthur – A keen sportsman, he originated the Stanley Cup to encourage winter sports in Canada. Today, it is the most important award in professional hockey given to the team winning the National Hockey League championship.
Stassen, Harold E. – Governor of Minnesota (the youngest governor ever elected at the time), he held many positions in government including service in Eisenhower’s cabinet.
Stennis, John – United States Senator from Mississippi from 1947 to 1988. He was replaced in this office by another Mason, Trent Lott.
Stephens, William D. – Mayor of Los Angeles, Congressman and Governor of California 1917-1927. 
Stewart, Potter – Supreme Court Associate Justice (1959-1981)
Still, Andrew T. – American physician who devised treatment of Osteopathy.
Stone, Arthur  – American motion picture actor of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.
Stotz, Carl E. – One of the three founder of Little League Baseball, it has has grown into the world’s largest organized youth program. 
Stout, Herald – Rear Admiral & World War II hero, in 1993 a guided missile destroyer was named in his honor (USS Stout – DDG-55).
Stratton, Charles – ‘General Tom Thumb’ – American entertainer and circus performer, he reached 3 feet 4 inches in height at maturity.
Stimson, Mark – Self-taught real estate agent, he created the largest network of real estate companies in the state of Maine.
Stutz, Harry C. – President, Stutz Motor Car Company.
de Sucre, Antonio Jose y Alcala – Served as a General under Brother Simon Bolivar in Peru, he became the secpmd President of Bolivia in 1825 and was named President for life. He resigned three years later and while traveling to Ecuador to be installed President of that country, was assassinated. Well known for his efforts in the liberation of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
Sumarkov, Alexandr Petrovich – Russian dramatist and poet. Though largely based on contemporary French models, his plays mark the emergence of Russian theater.
Swayne, Noah H. – Supreme Court Justice
Swift, Johathan – Clergyman and satirist, he wrote Gulliver’s Travels
Switzer, Carl “Alfalfa”  – Child actor star of the “Little Rascals” series
Symington, Stuart – First Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, he was approved for nomination for high office by the Senate six times without a dissenting vote. He later served as Senator from Missouri.

Taft, William Howard – Civil governor of the Philippines, Secretary of War, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court and twenty-seventh President of the U.S.
Tea, Richard – Civil War hero and Medal of Honor winner. So conspicuous was his record as a soldier during that War that he was accorded the distinction by Congress of being permitted to enter either the Senate Chambers or the floor of the House and enjoy any privilege of either. He was a long time member and Past Master of Aztlan Lodge #1, Prescott, Arizona.
Teets, John W. – Chairman and President of Dial Corporation
Temple, Lewis – Noted Black Abolitionist whose basement served as a way station on the ‘Underground Railroad’.
Thayer, Sylvanus – Father of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point
Thomas, Danny – Entertainer / Founder of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Mr. Thomas often told the story of how physicians at his hospital explained to him the need for a very unique therapy for a patient at St. Jude’s which was only available at a Shrine Hospital. Mr. Thomas told the doctors to proceed with the treatment, regardless of the cost. When he was advised that there would be no cost, Mr. Thomas was shocked and vowed to find out more about this organization. Shortly thereafter, he petitioned and became a Mason. Prior to his death, he was featured in videos and wrote articles praising the good works of Freemasonry.
Thomas, Dave – Founder of the very popular Wendy’s Restaurants, publicly he was the grandfatherly star of commercials. Both privately and publicly, however, he did extensive work promoting the cause of orphans, something he had been in his own youth. The hamburgers at Wendy’s are square as a reminder of Dave’s motto: “Never cut corners.” Dave was active in the Scottish Rite Philanthropies including their Children’s Hospital program. His mentor in the restaurant business was another Mason, Col. Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame.
Thomas, George Henry – US Civil War Major General, he was known as “the Rock of Chickamauga” but has been given short shrift by history. He was profiled in the March, 2007 issue of the Smithsonian’s Magazine.
Thomas, Isaiah – Firebrand of the American Revolution and founder of the American Antiquarian Society, he served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
Thomas, Lowell – American radio commentator during both World Wars and broadcast a nightly news program for over 45 years (1930-1976). He wrote and lectured widely on his travel adventures and brought Lawrence of Arabia to public notice.
Thorvaldsen, Bertel – Noted Danish sculptor
Thurmond, J. M.  – Mayor of Dallas, Texas 1879-1880.
Thurmond, Strom – The longest-serving United States Senator
Thurston, Howard – Top magician in the U.S. from 1908 until his death in 1936
Tillis, Mel (Lonnie Melvin) – Country and Western performer of renown. Coins tossed into the fountain of the Mel Tillis Theatre in Branson, Missouri are divided equally between the Scottish Rite’s Childhood Language Disorders Program and the Shrine’s Hospitals. Bro. Tillis is also an aspiring painter and has created a wonderful piece with a Masonic theme. You can read about it (and find ordering information for your own copy) here.
Todd, Thomas – Supreme Court Justice (1807-1826)
Tompkins, Daniel D. – Vice President of the United States, his bust is in the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol.
Trachtenberg, Stephen J. – President, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Travis, Colonel William B. – American military leader who commanded the Texans who died in defense of the Alamo.
Trimble, Robert – Supreme Court Justice
Truett, George W. – Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Dallas (1897-1944); President of the Southern Baptist Convention; President of the Baptist World Alliance.
Truman, Harry S. – A U. S. Senator from Missouri (1935-45), his personal integrity helped him get reelected in 1940 despite the exposure of the Missouri machine’s corruption. He came to national attention heading what was called the Truman Committee, which investigated government wartime production and saved taxpayers millions of dollars. He became vice-president in 1944. Truman became the thirty-third President of the United States with the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, another Mason; he would go on to win a close election in 1948. He served as Grand Master of Masons – the highest position in Freemasonry – in Missouri 1940-1941. When he visited lodges all over the country, he preferred to be introduced as a Past Grand Master rather than as President.

Van Hollen, J. B. – Attorney General of Wisconsin & Grand Master of Masons in Wisconsin (2007)
Vinson, Frederick M. – American Jurist who served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1946-1953.
Voltaire – François-Marie Arouet – French Enlightenment essayist and philosopher. A Mason for less than two months, however. More about him here.

Wadlow, Robert Pershing  – Tallest human on record being almost 9 feet tall, Wadlow was proud of his early acceptance by DeMolay and from his activities there, determined to be a Mason also. Looked at by many as a ‘freak’, DeMolay and Masonry helped Wadlow maintain a sense of normalcy for which he and his parents were extremely grateful. The US’s Public Broadcasting System has produced a documentary which places great emphasis on Brother Wadlow’s Masonic affiliations and includes many pictures of him as a DeMolay officer.
Wagner, John Honus  – “The Flying Dutchman”, he is considered the greatest shortstop in the history of baseball.
Wagner, Sidney  – Hollywood cinematographer. ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice’ (1946) was among the many films he photographed.
Wainwright, Jonathan M. – US Army General and the hero of Battan. 
Wallace, Governor George C. – Alabama governor and US Presidential Candidate who was nearly assassinated and spent his remaining years in a wheel chair and in constant pain.

(Masonicinfo Note:  Anti-Masons enjoy pointing to George Wallace as a representation of racial discrimination, ignoring the great majority of the population of non-Masons who also espoused such positions at the time, including perhaps even their own relatives – both then and now! They also overlook the change in his later years and the fact that those whom he stood against were to later praise his humanity and recognize his change in heart.)

Walker, Charlie – Country music singer and legendary member of the Grand Ole Opry
Walkes, Jr., Joseph A. – Author of numerous publications particularly involving Prince Hall Freemasonry and founder of the Phylaxis (Prince Hall Masonic research) Society.
Wallace, Henry A. – Vice President of the United States, 1941-1945. Author of many books on both agriculture and politics including ‘Statesmanship & Religion’ and ‘Whose Constitution’.
Wallace, Lewis (Lew) – American military leader and writer. During the American Civil War, he served in the Union army and reached the rank of Major General. At the close of the War, he was a member of the court that tried those accused of conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. His novel, “Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ” won him a nationwide reputation.
Walker, William – LtCol, Confederate Army he was the first Master of Eastern Star Lodge in Louisiana and served as a District Deputy Grand Master. Killed in 1864.
Wanamaker, John – A statue of this Mason stands outside of Philadelphia’s City Hall. His expertise in business led to his appointment as Postmaster General and he established rural free delivery and parcel post. The University of Pennsylvania conferred upon him a Doctor of Laws degree shortly after the end of World War One. Their citation referred to Brother Wanamaker as: “Philanthropist, statesman, eminent in the councils of the nation, Christian Leader, and constructive genius who on the basis of the Golden Rule, by thought and practice has revolutionized the business methods of merchants of the world.” 
Ward, Rev. John – First of the Episcopalian faith to enter Missouri and organize his people.
Warner, Glen Scobey “Pop” – Famous football coach, credited with originating the single and double wingback formations.
Warner, Jack – One of the brothers who created the American motion-picture production company known as Warner Brothers. They were the first to use sequences of sound in a silent feature film.
Warren, Earl – Succeeding another Mason (Frederick Vinson), Warren served as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court from 1953 to 1974 and led in sweeping changes in civil rights and criminal law.
Warren, Joseph, M.D. – Noted physician and American Revolutionary War General. Let the troops in the ‘Battle of Bunker Hill’ where he was killed. At the time of his death, he was serving as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts.
Washington, Booker T – Educator and author
Washington, George – As General of the Armies of the colonies, he led the revolution which created American independence. As the first President of the United States, his leadership was crucial to establishing the ‘tone’ for the United States. His love of Freemasonry is documented by his close reliance upon other Masons in the execution of his duties. Following his death, his widow sent locks of his hair (a common practice of the time) to Masons throughout the country and such revered treasures were the object of great appreciation. To this day, a lock of his hair sent to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts is carried in a golden urn preceding the entry of the Grand Master at the Annual Meeting of the Grand Lodge. 
Watson, Thomas J. – American inventor and businessman who was President and Chairman of International Business Machines (IBM) from 1914-1956. 
Wayne, John – “The Duke” – One of the most popular actors of recent years. His ‘manly’ roles helped define a generation.
Webb, James E. – NASA Administrator. 
Webb, Matthew – First man to swim the English Channel (1875).
Webb, Wellington – Mayor of Denver, Colorado.
Wentworth, Benning – Colonial Governor of New Hampshire; Portsmouth NH merchant; gave 500 acres of land to Dartmouth College; Bennington, Vermont is named in his honor. 
Wentworth, William Carles – Well known for his exploration expeditions into the interior of New South Wales, he was also the editor of the first newspaper in Australia.
Wesberry, James P. – Pastor of the Morningside Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia for 31 years; Recording Secretary of the Georgia Baptist Convention for 20 years. Died in 1992.
Wescott, Joseph H. – Former Deputy Commissioner, Pennsylvania State Police (retired 2000). 
White, William – President of Baylor University 1948-1961; Executive Secretary and later President of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Whiteman, Paul – American conductor who introduced symphonic jazz to a general audience and became known affectionately as the “King of Jazz”. He commissioned Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’.
Wilder, Charles P. (“Pa”)  – Father of Laura Ingalls who immortalized him and her family in her books. Like “Pa”, “Ma Ingalls” and sister Carrie were members of the Eastern Star as was daughter Laura.
Wilder, Laura Ingalls – *Please don’t write to me saying “She’s not a Mason!”  I know. She was the author of ‘Little House on the Prairie’ books and active in Eastern Star, an organization which requires a Masonic relative! (She’s part of the ‘US Masonic Family’!)
Wilder, Lawrence Douglass – First elected Black Governor in the US from the State of Virginia.
Williams, Egbert “Bert” – Actor and comedian. Half of the comedy duo Williams & Walker. Formed the Lafayette Players in New York City as a theatre company that presented works by, for and about black people through a special arrangement with Brother Florenz Zigfeld.
Williams, Jonathan – Colonel, United States Army; he was the first Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.  
Wilson, Robert   – Member of the Texas Republic Senate during the 1830s and twice candidate for President of the Republic of Texas.
Wood, Grant – American painter famous stylized realism and “American Gothic” 
Woodbury, Levi – Governor of New Hampshire, US Senator, Secretary of the Navy, Secretary of the Treasury and Supreme Court Justice. Woodbury County Iowa is named for him.
Woods, William B. – American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1880-1887.
Woodward, Carl R. – President of Rhode Island State College when it became the University of Rhode Island in 1951.
Wootton, Percy, M.D. – President, American Medical Association (1997)
Wyler, William – American motion-picture director, known for his many meticulously crafted, award-winning films. In 1936 he was signed by American producer Samuel Goldwyn, beginning a ten-year collaboration that created pictures including Dead End (1937), Jezebel (1938), Wuthering Heights (1939), The Little Foxes (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942), and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). The latter two films won Wyler his first two Academy Awards for best director, also earning the awards for best picture.
Wynn, Ed – Movie actor and comedian, he introduced “Carmel Comedy Caravan”.

Young, Brigham – Led the pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) to Utah.
Young, Cy – American baseball player, he pitched for 22 seasons and was, perhaps, the greatest pitcher in the history of the sport. He pitched the first ‘perfect game’ in modern baseball.
Young, Andrew – Former United Nation’s Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia  

Zanuck, Darryl F. – Co-founder of 20th Century Productions in 1933, his movie productions made him a legend. The memorial by his family notes his Masonic affiliation above all other accomplishments!
Zigfeld, Florenz – His Ziegfeld’s Follies began in 1907.

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Chris – Where were you born?

Stephen Garcia

Stephen – Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Chris – What did you do for a living?

Stephen – Cyber Security. I pretty much try and protect systems and users from their worst adversaries: Users themselves, and the occasional hacker

Did Freemasonry have an impact on your career?

Stephen – Not directly but I would say being part of freemasonry and how it helps you shape your behavior and demeanor indirectly helps in that regard

Chris – Who was your role model as a child and why?

Stephen – My parents, two completely different people in how they interpret life and their approach, I find myself being the sum of their parts.

Chris – What is one thing you learned from your mother?

Stephen – Resilience. Things in life might not go your way but you still can make it work

Chris – What do you consider to be your biggest weakness?

Stephen – I would say that stubbornness can be both weakness as well as strength. It’s good to be stubborn to achieve a goal but often one can be stubborn past the point where it is prudent to continue. A change of approach may be necessary and that change can sometimes elude us.

Chris – Can you give us a breakdown of your extensive masonic history?

Stephen – My family on my mother’s side has always been involved in Masonry and the Oddfellows so from an early age the brothers and sisters in the fraternities were like my own family. It was only a matter of time and being of age until my mentor in Masonry, and an old family friend, who now resides in the Lodge Eternal, pulled me in right after my 18th birthday and I petitioned to join. I was scheduled to leave for College shortly so my journey through the degrees took one year each, as the requirement before advancing was to be present at twelve meetings before a proficiency give back. I gave my proficiency for the EA a year after initiation, the same for FC and MM. Plenty of time to study and see life through the lenses of those degrees before advancing; quite the experience. While still in college, I was very active at Melbourne Lodge No. 143. This is where I found a great group of motorcycle riding brothers in the Widows Sons and where I found a love for degree and ceremony work, something that carried over when moving for work to Sarasota and finding myself in Sarasota No. 147. After a couple of years here and wanting to take on a more official role in this Lodge I decided to join as a plural member, not wanting to give up the membership to my home lodge which holds a very special spot in my heart. Since then I’ve joined appendant bodies, continued riding Motorcycles with my brothers, and advanced through the chairs until finding myself humbled to be elected as Worshipful Master of this great Lodge.

Chris – What is your biggest failure in freemasonry, and what did you learn from it?

Stephen – Still learning from it and working on getting it fixed but that would be not getting my proficiency cards. Even though I know by heart most of the ceremonies and work, I’ve never pushed to officially have them recorded in my record with certificates of proficiency. An upcoming personal project to get those cards is in the works

Chris – With so many appendant bodies, committees, and district opportunities, what advice would you give a new made Master Mason that is looking to get more involved in Freemasonry?

Stephen – Everyone has their own pace, abilities, and aspirations but more often than not I would advise to step back and don’t go all in all at once. If involvement is your goal, get involved in something that provides opportunities to learn and grow as a Mason instead of head first into a leadership position. It is necessary to grow for yourself before you are in a position to help others grow. The time that it takes to get there might be different for you and me but in general one needs to know how to follow before one is able to lead. There are a lot of opportunities in Masonry to take on all sorts of roles and to get to very high places and we have a lifetime to do this. We’ve heard this before, Masonry is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. What you learn in the journey is as important if not more than reaching those destinations.

Chris – What people had the biggest impact on your Masonic life and why?

Stephen – A weird answer for this question but I would say it’s those brothers that with their advice unknowingly set you up to do things right. And that includes advice that reminds you to stay humble and pay attention to what really matters.

Chris – What is your greatest success in Freemasonry?

Stephen – To have the honor or sitting in the East at my lodge. Exceedingly humbling and an amazing feeling to be able to lead this lodge and a goal I was dreaming to achieve for a long time.

Chris – What motivates you to keep showing up for Freemasonry?

Stephen – One thing I learned early in my Masonic career: We are eternal apprentices. A brand new Mason or an old timer, there is always something new to learn. Life comes at you in different ways and every bit of freemasonry has something to teach us when life happens. Best of all, your brothers are in this race with you and our life experiences can be used to help each other out.

Chris – What qualities do you think make up a great Worshipful Master?

Stephen –More often than not I’m finding that it is not the decision or what you say as a WM that carries the weight, but how that decision is made or how what needs to be said is said. One can be certain we need to go in this direction regarding a decision and one can also be fully correct in a certain topic that needs to be talked about; however, making the decision in a vacuum or blurt out and being blunt about something is often, if not always, the wrong way to do it. As a Worshipful Master, not all your decisions are popular with everyone and there are times when you need to… “put the foot down”. Being able to step back and formulate the correct words and approach is a must for anyone, especially for someone sitting in the East.

Chris – What do you think are the biggest challenges that Freemasonry faces today?

Stephen – Retention. A daily life for your average man today is a lot different than 20 or 30 years ago, not to mention back in the booming years about 50 years ago. This leads to a need to change how we approach getting those new brothers interested in coming in and then interested and able to stay and grow. We need to be able to foster an environment that works with a generation of men whose work and family demands are vastly different than the Mason of 25+ years

Chris – What are you passionate about outside of Freemasonry these days?

Stephen – I’m finding myself getting really interested in woodworking as of late. It all started with small stuff; a picture frame here, a storage box there, and recently making a couple cabinets for the laundry. Time will tell (read: my wife)  if I’m biting off more than I can chew by deciding to redo my entire kitchen myself from scratch building all cabinets myself.

Chris –Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Stephen – I want to focus on getting those proficiency certificates and cards. It’s one thing thinking you got most of the work in your head, the other one is knowing for sure. Lectures are another part that I’m interested in tackling. We always need more lecturers and I would love to be able to serve as such specially after finishing my year in the East and not being in the forefront of the day to day running of the Lodge

Chris – Is there something about Sarasota Lodge No. 147 that you think stands out from other lodges?

Stephen – We are a mixed breed at 147 and I’m not entirely sure how we got to it. We have a great mix of levity with great love for protocol and while we might swing one way or the other at particular times it is great to have fun with my brothers while keeping a high level of proficiency and sharpness in our work.

Chris – If you could step into my shoes, what would you have asked yourself that I didn’t?

Stephen – What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?

Since our first featured Mason of the month was Randall Currier, our new Lodge Secretary, I thought we would follow up with our previous Lodge Secretary, R:. W:. Rusty Glendinning! Rusty is a pillar of Sarasota Lodge No. 147 as well as the Scottish Rite in Tampa. We were fortunate enough that Rusty was able to take time from his busy schedule to sit down and answer our questions for the Featured Mason of the Month in June 2021!

Chris Burns: Where were you born?   

Rusty Glendinning: Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Chris Burns: What did you do for a living?  

Rusty Glendinning: I was a banker for 25 years and then managed country clubs for 7 years.

Chris Burns: Did Freemasonry have an impact on your career?  

Rusty Glendinning: Yes, I think it did.  I believe it opened some doors for me both professionally and personally.

Chris Burns: Who was your role model as a child and why?  

Rusty Glendinning: Probably my role model as a child was my mother.  Being a single parent raising two children, I saw how she worked hard and sacrificed so that my sister and I had everything that we needed growing up.

Chris Burns: What is one thing you learned from your mother?  

Rusty Glendinning: Be nice to everyone and take the shopping cart back inside the grocery store and not to leave it in the parking lot.

Chris Burns: What do you consider to be your biggest weakness?  

Rusty Glendinning: Not having the word “no” in my vocabulary.

Chris Burns: Can you give us a breakdown of your extensive masonic history?  

Rusty Glendinning: It was a dark and gloomy night (only kidding).  It started when I joined Sarasota Chapter, Order of DeMolay in 1967 at the age of 14.  I served as Master Councilor of the Chapter in 1969.  After that, I served the State Association as State Treasurer (1971) and Deputy State Master Councilor (1972).  I petitioned Sarasota Lodge in 1973 at the age of 20.  The Lodge had to wait until I turned 21 to ballot on the petition, which they did on December 11th.  I received my EA Degree on December 27, 1973, my Fellow Craft Degree on February 21, 1974 at J. Dewey Hawkins Lodge No. 331 as a courtesy to Sarasota Lodge.  I was Raised on April 13, 1974 in Sarasota Lodge.  I was appointed Junior Steward in 1975, progressed through the line and served as Worshipful Master in 1980.  From 1981 to 1987 I served as Lodge Secretary and then again from 2014 to 2020.  In 1984, I was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the 24th District (now the 23rd District) by M⸫ W⸫ James A Wilson.  I was appointed to the Masonic Youth Activities Committee in 1981 and served on that committee for 11 years, 2 years as State Chairman.  I served one year on the Public Education & Citizenship Committee, the Finance & Accounts Committee for 2 years and on the Jurisprudence Committee for 20 years, 3 of those years as Vice-Chairman of the Committee.

I joined the York Rite Bodies in 1974 and Egypt Temple Shrine in 1976.  When Sahib Temple received their charter, I became a Charter Member.  I joined the Scottish Rite in 1980.  I became a Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 1995 and a Thirty-third Degree Scottish Rite Mason in 2001.  In 1996. I became a member of the Valley of Tampa’s Classroom Directors Staff, serving as chairman from 2001 to 2007, when I was appointed the Personal Representative of the Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Florida.  I still serve in that capacity in addition to being the Special Assistant to Ill⸫ Rick Hoover, 33°, Deputy in the Orient of Florida.

I continue to work with DeMolay both on a local, state and international level.  I have served Florida DeMolay as a Program Director, Province Governor and as Conclave Director.  I was elected to DeMolay’s International Supreme Council as an Active Member in 1989 and served for 20+ years as chairman of the DeMolay Alumni Affairs Committee.

Chris Burns: You mentioned becoming a 33rd degree scottish rite mason. Can you tell me a little bit about how long you served the Scottish Rite prior to receiving that honor and what the process of becoming a 33rd degree was like? I think many people are curious about that in general and I know I would love to hear your story. 

Rusty Glendinning: I had been a member of the Scottish Rite for 15 years when I received a letter from the Sovereign Grand Inspector General (SGIG) informing me that I had been elected to the rank and dignity of a Knight Commander of the Court of Honour and to contact the General Secretary in the Valley of Tampa for more details.  I called the General Secretary, who I served as District Deputy Grand Master for in 1984 and told him that I did not think I deserved this as I had really done nothing in the Scottish Rite for 15 years except pay my dues.  His response was that I was not getting the KCCH for service to the Scottish Rite but rather for my work and efforts in the Order of DeMolay as an Advisor.  He explained to me that the KCCH is awarded for several reasons, community service, service to the fraternity, etc.  After receiving the KCCH, I started to get involved in the Valley of Tampa and became a member of the Classroom Director’s staff, which was basically being at the two Reunions each year.  In 2000, I received a letter from the SGIG informing me that I had been elected to receive the Thirty-third Degree in 2001.  I honestly read the letter three times to make sure I was reading it correctly.  While I never expected to receive the first letter, I knew that those letters were normally sent out every other year (odd year) at that time.  The second letter was a total shock as it was mailed in 2000 instead of 2001, as 2001 was the bicentennial year of the Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction and they voted a year early so people could make plans to be at the 2001 Session.  For the most part, the Thirty-third Degree is given to members of the KCCH for their work in the Scottish Rite.  This is not a hard and fast rule but one for which there are not many exceptions.

To become a Thirty-third, a man must have received his KCCH at least 44 months prior to his election to receive the Degree.  Nominations for this Degree are made by the SGIG or Deputy in each Orient by May 1st of every other year (every odd year) as that is when the Supreme Council meets.  A brother nominated for this Degree must be elected unanimously by the Active Members (not to exceed 33) of the Supreme Council.  The KCCH and Thirty-third Degree are not to be asked for and if a brother does ask to receive either of them, he is automatically barred from ever receiving it.  The number of new KCCH members is based on a formula for which one must have a Masters Degree from MIT to understand as it is based on the number of new members of the Scottish Rite in an Orient for the previous two years along with the number of reinstatements and affiliations for the same time period.  The number of Thirty-thirds awarded in any given year is not to greater than one-half of the number of new KCCH awarded.  These totals are reported to the SGIG or Deputy in each Orient and he then decides how many new KCCH and Thirty-thirds will come from each of his Valleys.  Recommendations for these honors come from the Personal Representative in each Valley to his SGIG or Deputy and are confidential.

Chris Burns: With so many appendant bodies, committees, and district opportunities, what advice would you give a new made Master Mason that is looking to get more involved in Freemasonry?  

Rusty Glendinning: Freemasonry is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.  If you have a desire to progress through any part of the Masonic family, dedicate yourself to that Lodge, Allied or Appendant body.  Learn as much as you can, meet as many people as possible, and participate in the length of your cable tow but never forget where you started, your Blue Lodge.  Every branch on the Masonic tree is worthy of our support but a brother does have other obligations (work, family, church) so you need to pace yourself.

Chris Burns: What people had the biggest impact on your Masonic life and why?   

Rusty Glendinning: There are so many that have had a major impact on my Masonic life and unfortunately, many of them are no longer with us.  Perhaps the biggest impact was from a brother that I never met as he passed away on November 8, 1959.  That was Frank S. Land, the founder of the Order of DeMolay.  The fraternity that he founded has had a major impact on my life since that night in February 1967 when I joined.  His vision for young men has afforded me the opportunity to meet Edgar Mitchell, the 5th man to walk on the moon, interview Reubin Askew, former Governor of Florida, and John Cameron Swayze (our older readers will remember him), one of this country’s first newscasters, a sitting member of a Presidential Cabinet and a former member of a Presidential Cabinet, leaders of business, politicians and many more.  It is probably logical that the others who have had a major impact on my Masonic life are tied to the Order of DeMolay.  Glenn Wittstruck, who within 30 minutes of finding out I was 14, had 2 DeMolays knocking on my front door, a petition in hand; R⸫ W⸫ Arthur Stone, PM of Sarasota Lodge, who was my Chapter Dad when I was Master Councilor, my catechism instructor in the Three Degrees (he had 1 week to teach me my EA & FC catechisms and really learned that patience is indeed a virtue) who also taught me all of the ritual work in the Lodge that I know; R⸫ W⸫ J. G. Kicklighter, who would become my step-father in the late 1970’s but who had been one of my DeMolay Advisors.  Last, but not least, are those young men who were DeMolays and years later make contact with you or see you somewhere and still call you Dad and thank you for what you instilled in them.

Chris Burns: What is your greatest success in Freemasonry?  

Rusty Glendinning: There are probably two that come to mind.  One is becoming a Thirty-third Degree Scottish Rite Mason.  The second is being appointed to the Grand Lodge Jurisprudence Committee and serving as Vice-Chairman for three, going on four years and not being a Past Grand Master.

Chris Burns: What motivates you to keep showing up for Freemasonry?  

Rusty Glendinning: The fellowship that is there at any Masonic meeting or activity that I attend.

Chris Burns: What qualities do you think make up a great Worshipful Master?  

Rusty Glendinning: I feel that the qualities of a great Worshipful Master are not how proficient he is in the ritual but rather his organizational skills, his ability to use common sense in governing the Lodge, his knowledge of the Digest of Masonic Law of Florida, and his ability to motivate his Lodge to meet or exceed agreed-upon goals during his year.

Chris Burns: What do you think are the biggest challenges that Freemasonry faces today?  

Rusty Glendinning: Changing with today’s standards but at the same time, not lowering our standards.  Those joining the fraternity today are different in many aspects from when I joined.  Freemasonry needs to stay in tune with today’s population but still instilling in our members their duties to family, community, and mankind.

Chris Burns: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?  

Rusty Glendinning: Sitting in the chair in the SE corner of the Lodge with my name on it and seeing Randy Currier as Lodge Secretary.

Chris Burns: Is there something about Sarasota Lodge No. 147 that you think stands out from other lodges?  

Rusty Glendinning: The history of our Lodge and the impact that our members have had in many facets of life in Sarasota.  As the oldest Lodge in Sarasota County, three Lodges, Venice Lodge No. 301, Cary B. Fish Lodge No. 346 and The Builder’s Lodge No. 376 (both of which are now called Phoenix Lodge No. 346) are our children, as our approval was needed for them to be formed.  Many of our former members were the movers and shakers of early Sarasota, both the city and the formation of Sarasota County.  There are many but a few are Col. J. Hamilton Gillespie, a charter member of the Lodge and the first Mayor of the town of Sarasota who brought the game of golf to Florida (the Lodge is located on what was the 8th fairway of his golf course), C. V. S. Wilson, the owner of the first newspaper in Sarasota, a Charter member of the Lodge and our first Secretary, W⸫ Arthur B. Edwards, the first Mayor of the City of Sarasota, W⸫ John Burket who is credited with getting the State Legislature to pass the resolution forming Sarasota County, Augustus Wilson, a charter member of the Lodge who brought the first automobile to Sarasota, three members who served the City of Sarasota as Chief of Police and a former member of the United States House of Representatives.

Chris Burns: If you could step into my shoes, what would you have asked yourself that I didn’t?  

Rusty Glendinning: What prompted me to join the Masonic Fraternity?  I think the answer is simple; it was my association with Master Masons who were my DeMolay advisors.  Their dedication to the young men of Sarasota and the state of Florida had a major impact on my life and I wanted to continue in their footsteps.

Randall CurrierRandall Currier is currently in his fourth month as the installed secretary of Sarasota Lodge No. 147. He has picked up the mantle from R⸫ W⸫ Russell Glendinning who served as the Secretary of our Lodge for the past 8 years (This time). Russell or Rusty as we all know him is 33°, Special Assistant & Personal Representative to the Deputy of the Supreme Council, in the Valley of Tampa. He is a Past Master of Sarasota Lodge No. 147, a Past District Deputy Grandmaster of our district, and sits on the Grand Lodge Jurisprudence Committee among his many other stations and accomplishments. Look for an interview with this Legend of Freemasonry in the very near future!

Personally I have gotten to know Randall very well. We often ride to the Scottish Right meetings together and pontificate on Freemasonry as well as just learn more about each other. I find Randy to be a true Mason. He has only good intentions in all his actions and he is always trying to improve himself as a man and Mason. Randy is a huge asset to Sarasota Lodge No. 147 and no doubt Rusty is sleeping well knowing that the Lodge is being taken great care of.

Randall or Randy as we know him in the Lodge was kind enough to answer my questions with candor and so I present to you the Sarasota 147 first-ever Featured Mason of the Month for May of 2021!

Chris Burns: Where were you born?

Randy Currier: Middletown Connecticut

Chris Burns: What do you do for a living? 

Randy Currier: Mechanical work

Chris Burns: Does Freemasonry have an impact on your career?

Randy Currier: I would say that it helps me stand more firmly when I talk to people, and allows me to feel more comfortable speaking.

Chris Burns: Who was your role model as a child and why?

Randy Currier: Luke Skywalker. Because he was an adventurer and he was able to travel space.

Chris Burns: What is one thing you learned from your mother?

Randy Currier: How to take care of myself.

Chris Burns: What do you consider to be your biggest weakness?

Randy Currier: Attractive women who take the time to talk to me.

Chris Burns: Can you give us a breakdown of your extensive masonic history?

Randy Currier: Back in the day, around 2019, I was Raised and since then, I have been working in the line of officers. One day, I will take the time to ask those questions we all ponder, again, and really take the time to search for answers that make sense to me.

Chris Burns: What is your biggest failure in freemasonry, and what did you learn from it?

Randy Currier: Forgetting a cable tow. Ahh, to not let someone else move the cable tows.

Chris Burns: With so many appendant bodies, committees, and district opportunities, what advice would you give a newly made Master Mason that is looking to get more involved in Freemasonry?

Randy Currier: Please get involved in your Blue Lodge, to see if there is anything you can do to help it be more prosperous. Then pick an appendant body that sounds interesting, and that has men you respect in it.

Chris Burns: What people had the biggest impact on your Masonic life and why?

Randy Currier: Besides Rusty, I really have to say that every active Mason has been important. When you take the time to stand back and watch any one man or group that is working at keeping the lodge successful, there is alot to learn, and good things to try yourself.

Chris Burns: What is your greatest success in Freemasonry?

Randy Currier: Giving Rusty a break.

Chris Burns: What motivates you to keep showing up for Freemasonry?

Randy Currier: Giving Rusty a break. And.. for that time when I finally get my small study group to regularly chat about the finer things and ways to be a better man.

Chris Burns: What qualities do you think make up a great Worshipful Master?

Randy Currier: Organization, the ability to convey your thoughts and ideas into words so the Craft can easily follow and assist.

Chris Burns: What do you think are the biggest challenges that Freemasonry faces today?

Randy Currier: The internet and many other things give men other things to do. We are thinking correctly in that we must find a way to be an option when someone thinks, what can I do with myself and my spare time.

Chris Burns: What are you passionate about outside of Freemasonry these days?

Randy Currier: The simple fact that we are alive, and can communicate and create. And beautiful women who take the time to talk to me.

Chris Burns: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Randy Currier: Giving Rusty a break.

Chris Burns: Is there something about Sarasota Lodge No. 147 that you think stands out from other lodges?

Randy Currier: I try not to think in this manner. All lodges are unique and have their goods and bad I suppose. 147 has the potential to find the sweet spot of Cool, fine work, and old school, if we keep on trying. 

This concludes the May 2021 Featured Mason of the Month interview with the current Secretary of Sarasota Lodge No. 147, Randall Currier. I thank you Randy for taking the time to do this and if anyone that is a member of Sarasota Lodge No. 147 is willing to participate and wants to tell us your story please contact me at chrisg.burns2@Gmail.com!

What is Masonry… really?

what is masonry

  • Is it Fund Raising for charity?
  • Is it memorization and ritual work?
  • Is it remembering facts and dates?
  • Is it sitting in chairs and holding titles?
  • Is it accumulating proficiency cards and certifications?
  • Is it showing off our Masonic bling to non-masons?

The answer is yes. But is this the true purpose of Freemasonry? Freemasonry is a living organism. The purpose of any living organism is to perpetuate itself.

Freemasonry is a system of morality. What does that mean? That simple definition defines Masonry as a complete system built for a primary purpose. That purpose is to make you a better man, to make you a more moral man. Not every man, not most men… YOU. You as an individual man should utilize the systems of Freemasonry to become a better man.

Freemasonry being a system of morality for an individual man to utilize, it stands to reason that Freemasonry will be a different experience for each of us. We are all individuals after all. Our experiences from our childhood, teen years, into adulthood, our work experiences, our relationship experiences, they all make us individual men. We all experience the world in different ways and therefore react to it in the only way we can, which is through the lenses of our own personal experiences and beliefs. We have different strengths and different weaknesses.

No doubt, our operative forefathers also experienced this. For rarely could a man be an expert in all things. No doubt some were better at carving. Some better at setting. Some better at planning, and some better at measuring. Likewise, I have no doubt some struggled with the same. But a group of good men skilled in their craft came together with their various strengths and weaknesses to erect some of the most beautiful and glorious structures in the history of mankind.

As speculative masons we also share the same types of strengths and weaknesses in our speculative labors. We all have some outstanding skills in some areas and work hard to improve others that are not so strong. It is the combination of our strengths and weaknesses that make us such a successful unit as a Lodge of Brothers.

I wonder if any of you reading these words right now are perfect men. No. Only a fool would think such of himself. Masons are not fools. Masons, by the very nature of the fraternity (A system of Morality) are ever struggling with their inner demons, always chipping away at the vices and the superfluity (excess) of their lives. Ever remembering to work more harmoniously and spread the cement of brotherly Love.

My Brother, you are an integral cog in the wheel of Freemasonry. We have a wave of young men looking to gain more light in Freemasonry. We live in a world starved of light and brotherly Love. It is up to us to be prepared to show them the way. How can we show them if we have not done the work ourselves? We cannot. Without being hardened men from the labor of the craft, we are not prepared to lead them, nor anyone else to further light. We must first have spent enough time laboring in the quarry seeking it for ourselves, before we are prepared to lead others.

I am not talking about laboring in officer chairs. I’m not talking about laboring through boring meetings. I not talking about laboring to organize and execute cook outs and charity drives. Yes these are all important thing that must be done, and we should all assist in, but I am talking about the highest of matters, looking within. I’m talking about the labor of erecting our symbolic Temple within us.

It is only by looking within and honestly using all of the implements of Freemasonry to build our inner temple, which allows us to truly call ourselves Masons. We must identify our flaws. We must expose our weaknesses. We must recognize our demons. We must share them with our Brothers and seek their help in chipping them away from the rough ashlar of our souls. We must remain vigilant in knowing what labors our Brothers are working on personally so that we can help them.

Look at what men accomplished in the history of operative and speculative Freemasonry. Look at the land acquired, look at the edifices erected, and look at the charities that have benefited mankind as they have survived through the ages.

What are you doing to be more like those men?

You don’t have to be a rich man. You don’t have to be a well-connected man. But are you working to be a good man? Are you the best version of yourself that you can become? Have you truly utilized all the implements of Freemasonry to make your temple smooth, beautiful, and glorious?

My Brother, it is only by become enlightened men. Strong men, with a firm foundation and a grand internal temple built with hard work and sacrifice, that we can accomplish anything. How can we be part of something bigger than ourselves without having done the first mission of Freemasonry and made ourselves better men?

I believe that we accomplished nothing in comparison to our predecessors in as many years because we have lost sight of this core, basic ideological truth in Masonry. What time we have to devote to Freemasonry has been consumed by shiny things, tiny things… things that will fade and disintegrate with time after we are gone from this place. We have become comfortable seeking praise and personal glory. We have become too much like the profane (non-masons).

We need to spend our time laboring in the quarry to become the man we were born to be. Bleed your hands with the work of this labor until you are hardened Master Mason.  Only then will we be in a position to help anyone else. Only then will it be possible for our generation to advance and lead great ideas to fruition.

It cannot be denied that the light of Freemasonry has dimmed. Only a fool would think that the survival of our ancient beloved Fraternity is guaranteed.

We must do the work my Brother. We must shine with the light of Freemasonry in order for others to once again see its brilliance. We live in a broken world thirsting for this light.

Hold the mantle of Freemasonry high. If you cannot do that assist another brother that you see attempting to do so. Together the burning fires of the mantle of freemasonry will start to shine. Shine bright enough so that others in your Lodge can see it. Then your lodge will shine so bright with the light of Freemasonry that others in your district will being to see it, and for them it will become easier to multiply that light so that the rest of the jurisdiction can see it and hopefully shine so brightly that those outside the Fraternity cannot deny it’s brilliance!

It starts with you. It starts with one Brother making the choice to listen with his ears and an open heart to the mission of Freemasonry, and that brother giving himself to the process of building his temple. That brother being willing to sacrifice and labor with the tools of Masonry in the quarry to erect a grand holy edifice to God in his soul.

Be that brother, I beg of you. We need leaders in Freemasonry if we are to carry on the work of the great Masters of old. You can be that leader. You can be the spark that starts the fire or increases its brilliant light. Be a strong Master of this speculative craft and help other brothers to obtain the same. Let us once again become a Fraternity of excellent men that are limited by NOTHING.

“Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are in the dealings with one another; sympathy begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason. “

Benjamin Franklin

“The secret of Masonry, like the secret of life, can be known only by those who seek it, serve it, live it. It cannot be uttered; it can only be felt and acted. It is, in fact, and open secret, and each man knows it according to his quest and capacity. Like all things worth knowing, no one can know it for another and no man can know it alone.”

William Howard Taft

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