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Famous Freemasons

An overwhelming number of the world’s best and brightest have been or are Freemasons. These groups give you far from a comprehensive list — they're just a few:

 

·         Founding fathers:

 America’s most famous Freemason, George Washington was initiated in 1752, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Other founding fathers who were also Masons include Benjamin Franklin, Marquis de Lafayette, Robert R. Livingstone, John Hancock, and Aaron Burr.

·         U.S. presidents:

 Fourteen U.S. presidents are definitely known to have been Freemasons: George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Gerald R. Ford.

·         Explorers and adventurers: 

Freemasons who blazed new trails include Davey Crockett, Jim Bowie, Sam Houston, Christopher “Kit” Carson, Lewis and Clark, Charles Lindbergh, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.

·         Science and medicine:

Many Freemasons have played an important role on the scientific and medical frontiers, among them Edward Jenner (discoverer of the cure for smallpox), Joseph Lister (the man who pioneered the concept of antiseptics in medicine), and Alexander Fleming (won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of penicillin).

·         Actors and entertainers: 

The entire entertainment industry has had its share of Masons, including the Ringling Brothers, jazz great William "Count" Basie, John Wayne, Harry Houdini, Richard Pryor, and Mel Blanc, see famous British Actors below.

·         Athletes US: 

Famous athletic Masons include “Sugar Ray” Robinson, Jack Dempsey, John Elway, and Scottie Pippin.

·         Businessmen:

 Henry Ford, a titan of American industry, was a Freemason. Ford shared the ties of Masonic brotherhood with Walter P. Chrysler, Nathan Meyer Rothschild and John Jacob Astor, Charles Hilton, Colonel Harland Sanders, and Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple Computer).

·         Statecraft:

 Masons have made great world leaders. Among them are Sir Winston Churchill, Fiorello Laguardia, Kalakaua (King of Hawaii), and many English kings (including William IV, Edward VII, Edward VIII, George IV, and George VI).

·         U.S. Civil Rights leaders: 

Masons who’ve been active in the quest for equal rights for all citizens of the United States include Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Thurgood Marshall, and Medger Evers.

·         Arts and letters: 

The world of art, music, and literature wouldn't be the same if it weren’t for the contributions of the Masons Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Aleksander Pushkin, Jonathon Swift, Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Alex Haley, and Mark Twain.

UNITED KINGDOM

ACTORS

·         David Garrick (1717 - 1779)

·         Edmund Kean (1787 - 1833)

·         Sir Henry Irving (1838 - 1905)

·         Sir Donald Wolfitt (1902 - 1968)

·         Peter Sellers (1925 - 1980)

ARMY

·         Gen Sir John Moore (1761 - 1809)

·         Field Marshal The Duke of Wellington KG (1769 - 1852)

·         Field Marshal The Earl Roberts of Kandahar VC, KG, KP (1832 - 1914)

·         Field Marshal The Earl Kitchener of Khartoum KG, KP (1850 - 1916)

·         Field Marshal Sir John French, 1st Earl of Ypres KP (1852 - 1925)

·         Field Marshal The Earl Haig KT (1861 - 1928)

·         General Sir Reginald Wingate Bt, GCB, GCVO, GBE, KCMG, DSO, TD (1861 - 1953)

·         Field Marshal The Viscount Wolseley KP (1883 - 1913)

·         Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck GCB, GCIE, CSI, DSO, OBE (1884 - 1981)

·         Field Marshal The Earl Alexander of Tunis KG (1891 - 1969)

·         Lieutenant-Colonel ‘Paddy’ Maine DSO*** (1915 - 1955)

ARTISTS

·         Sir James Thornhill (1676 - 1734)

·         William Hogarth (1697 - 1764)

·         John Zoffany (1733 - 1810)

·         Sir John Soane (1753 - 1857)

CHARITY

·         Dr T. J. Barnardo (1845 - 1905)

·         1st Viscount Leverhulme

·         Sir William "Billy" Butlin (1899 - 1980)

EXPLORERS

·         Sir Richard Burton (1821 - 1890)

·         Capt Robert Falcon Scott, RN (1868 - 1912)

·         Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 - 1922)

MONARCHS

·         King George IV (1762 - 1830)

·         King William IV (1765 - 1837)

·         King Edward VII (1841 - 1910)

·         King Edward VIII (1894 - 1972)

·         King George VI (1895 - 1952)

MUSICIANS

·         Thomas Arne (1710 - 1778) (Rule Britannia)

·         Samuel Wesley (1766 - 1837)

·         Sir Henry Bishop (1786 - 1855) (Home sweet home)

·         Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842 - 1900)

·         Rick Wakeman (b: 1949)

RELIGION

·         Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (1887 - 1972)

·         Sir Israel Brodie (1895 - 1979)

ROYAL AIR FORCE

·         Marshal of the Royal Air Force The Lord Newall GCB, OM, GCMG, CBE, AM (1886 - 1963)

·         Squadron Leader Henry Melvin “Dinghy” Young DFC* (1915 - 1943)

ROYAL  NAVY

·         Admiral Sir Sidney Smith KCB(1764 - 1840)

·         Admiral The Lord Beresford GCB, GCVO (1841 - 1919)

·         Admiral of the Fleet The Earl Jellicoe GCB, OM, GCVO, SGM (1859 - 1935)

SCIENTISTS

·         Sir Joseph Banks (1744 - 1820)

·         Dr Edward Jenner (1749 - 1823)

·         Sir Alexander Fleming (1881 - 1955)

·         Sir Bernard Spilsbury (1877 - 1947)

SPORTSMEN

·         Harold Abrahams CBE (1899 - 1978)

·         ‘Jackie’ Milburn (1924 - 1988)

·         Sir Malcolm Campbell (1885 - 1948)

·         Sir Donald Campbell CBE (1921 - 1967)

·         Sir Leonard ‘Len’ Hutton (1916 - 1990)

·         John ‘Jock’ Stein (1922 - 1985)

·         Sir Alec Rose (1908 - 1991)

·         Jim Peters (1918 - 1999)

·         Sir Arthur Gold (1917 - 2002)

·         Trevor Simpson

·         Len Shackleton (1922 - 2000)

·         Joe Wade (1921 - 2005)

·         Leslie Compton (1912 - 1984)

·         Herbert Sutcliffe (1894 - 1978)

·         Bill Bowes (1908 - 1987)

·         Sir Thomas Lipton Bt, KCVO 1848 - 1931)

·         Tony Allcock MBE (b: 1955)

·         Sir ‘Alf’ Ramsey (1920 - 1999)

·         Peter Ebdon (b:1970)

·         Mark Wildman (b: 1936)

STATESMEN

·         Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

·         George Canning (1770 - 1827)

·         Lord Randolph Churchill (1849 - 1895)

·         Cecil Rhodes (1852 - 1903)

·         Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

·         Leopold S. Amery (1873 - 1955)

WRITERS

·         Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

·         Edward Gibbon (1734 - 1794)

·         Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 - 1816)

·         Robbie Burns (1759 - 1796)

·         Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)

·         Anthony Trollope (1815 - 1882)

·         Sir William S. Gilbert (1836 - 1911)

·         Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)

·         Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936)