Famous Freemasons

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There have been many millions of Masons throughout the history of Freemasonry, and while many were leaders in their communities – Freemasonry, after all, emphasizes leadership – most are not household names. Among the rosters of Masons, though, there have been some famous Freemasons.

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Scientists

  • Sir Edward Victor Appleton (Physicist and winner of the Nobel Prize in 1947)
  • Sir Alexander Fleming (Nobel Prize winner in Medicine)
  • Antoine Fourcroy (chemistry pioneer)
  • Benjamin Franklin (US Inventor and Politician)
  • Sir Bernard Spilsbury (British forensic scientist)
  • Sir Christopher Wren (British astronomer and geometer)
  • Sir Charles Warren ( Archaeologist)
  • Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple Computer)

Artists

Many of the artists who were also Masons included elements of Freemasonry in their work:

  • Ezra Ames (painter)
  • Frederic Bartholdi (Sculptor; sculpted the Statue of Liberty)
  • Marc Chagall (Russian artist)
  • Gustave Eiffel ( Designer of the Eiffel Tower)
  • Félicien Rops (artist)
  • Constantin Daniel Rosenthal (Painter)

Politicians

Freemasonry emphasizes leadership, so perhaps it is not surprising that many politicians are Masons. Many royal leaders and US presidents have also been Masons:

  • Agustín I (emperor of Mexico)
  • José Eloy Alfaro Delgado (President of Ecuador)
  • Constantin Argetoianu (Prime Minister of Romania)
  • Stephen F. Austin (The “Father of Texas”)
  • Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (Founder of the Republic of Turkey)
  • James Buchanan (U.S. President)
  • Carol II (King of Romania)
  • Sir Winston Churchill
  • Francesco Crispi (Prime Minister of Italy)
  • Bob Dole
  • King Edward VII ( King of Great Britain)
  • King Edward VIII (King of Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand)
  • Giuseppe Garibaldi (Italian general)
  • James A. Garfield (U.S. President)
  • King George IV (King of Great Britain)
  • King George VI (King of Ceylon, Great Britain, India, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Pakistan)
  • Warren G. Harding (U.S. President)
  • J. Edgar Hoover
  • Andrew Jackson (U.S. President)
  • Andrew Johnson (U.S. President)
  • David Kalakaua (King of Hawaii)
  • Leopold I (King of Belgium)
  • Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans
  • Sir John A. Macdonald (The first Prime Minister of Canada)
  • William McKinley (U.S. President)
  • James Monroe (U.S. President)
  • James K. Polk ( U.S. President.)
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt (U.S. President)
  • Theodore Roosevelt (U.S. President)
  • William Howard Taft (U.S. President)
  • Harry S Truman (U.S. President)
  • George Washington (US President)
  • King William IV (King of Great Britain)

Entertainers and Musicians

A surprising number of musicians, composers, and actors have been Masons. Of these, Mozart is perhaps the most famous. He composed a number of musical pieces for use in Masonic Lodges.

  • William "Bud" Abbott (of the Abbott & Costello comedy troupe)
  • Louis Armstrong (musician)
  • Thomas Arne (composer; composed Rule Britannia)
  • Johann Christian Bach (composer)
  • Irving Berlin (composer)
  • Eddy Arnold (singer)
  • George Cohan (Broadway star)
  • Nat King Cole (pianist and singer)
  • Cecil B. DeMille (movie maker)
  • Duke Ellington (jazz legend)
  • Douglas Fairbanks (movie star)
  • Sir W S Gilbert (of the famous 'Gilbert and Sullivan')
  • Burl Ives
  • Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (composer, Wrote La Marseillaise)
  • Harpo Marx
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer)
  • Roy Rogers (actor)
  • Will Rogers (actor)
  • Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton (actor)
  • Sir Arthur Sullivan (half of the famous ‘Gilbert and Sullivan')
  • Michael Richards (Actor)
  • John Wayne (actor)

Writers

Many writers who were also Freemasons referred to Freemasonry in their works:

  • François-Marie Arouet (better known as Voltaire, writer and philosopher)
  • James Boswell (writer)
  • Robert Burns (poet)
  • Cyriel Buysse (Flemish wrtier)
  • Nicolas Chamfort
  • Charles de Coster (Belgian writer)
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (writer of the Sherlock Holmes books)
  • Rudyard Kipling (writer)
  • Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian (Poet)
  • Alexander Pushkin (Russian writer)
  • Friedrich Schiller (German Poet)
  • Mark Twain (writer)
  • Oscar Wilde (writer)

Others

Freemasons truly embody every class, profession and characteristic. From famous folk heroes to sports figures, company founders and inventors, many famous names were also Masons:

  • Benedict Arnold (expelled 1781)
  • John Jacob Astor (financier)
  • Kit Carson (US Adventurer)
  • Walter Chrysler (founder of the Chrysler Corporation)
  • Tyrus Cobb (baseball star)
  • William F. Cody (known as Buffalo Bill)
  • Samuel Colt (manufacturer of Colt revolvers)
  • Charlie Conacher (Toronto Maple Leaf ice hockey player)
  • Davy Crockett (American folk hero and frontiersman)
  • Jack Dempsey (heavyweight boxing champion)
  • Jean Henri Dunant (founder of the Red Cross and co-winner of the first Nobel Prize
  • Henry Ford (founder of the Ford Motor Company)
  • Tim Horton (ice hockey star and founder of the Tim Horton’s donut franchise)
  • John Molson (founder of the Molson Breweries)
  • James Naismith (inventor of basketball)
  • Paul Revere (American hero)
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