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List of famous Freemasons

Freemasonry is not a secret society, and throughout history prominent members of the fraternity have made no secret of their involvement. As a result, many famous (and infamous) Freemasons are well-known. These run the gamut from dictators to revolutionaries, segregationists to civil rights leaders, industrialists to labor activists, humanitarians to serial killers; many that today's Masons are proud to proclaim, and others they prefer to minimize. The membership of Freemasonry is vast, diverse, and resists any single characterization.

However, Masonic membership can sometimes be difficult to verify, particularly for historical figures. Membership records are most often kept at the individual Lodge level, and may be lost due to fire, flood, deterioration, or simple carelessness. Grand Lodge governance may have shifted or reorganized, resulting in further loss of records on the member or the name, number, location or even existence of the Lodge in question. In areas of the world where Masonry has been suppressed by governments, records of entire Grand Lodges have been destroyed.

Standards of "proof" for those on this list vary widely; some figures with no verified Lodge affiliation are claimed as Masons if anecdotal evidence suggests they were familiar with the "secret" signs and passes, but other figures are rejected over technical questions of irregularity in the Lodge that initiated them. Where available, specific Lodge membership information is provided; where serious questions of verification have been noted by other sources, this is indicated as well.

Famous Freemasons

Political and Civil Rights Leaders

Afghanistan

Argentina

  • José de San Martín

Australia

Bahamas

Bolivia

  • Antonio José de Sucre

Brazil

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Cuba

  • José Martí

Czechoslovakia

  • Edvard Benes, Lodge Ian Amos Komensky No. 1, Prague and Lodge Pravda Vitezi
  • Alois Rašín, Minister of Finance, anti-Communist resistance leader

Egypt

France

Gabon

  • Omar Bongo, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Gabon, 1983

Hawaii

Hungary

Iceland

  • President Sveinn Björnsson, Past Grand Master of Iceland

India

Ireland

  • Daniel O'Connell, Lodge No. 189, Dublin; Lodge No. 13, Limerick; charter member, Lodge in Tralee

Italy

Jordan

Mexico

  • Porfirio Díaz (Shriner)
  • Benito Juárez
  • Abelardo L. Rodríguez (Shriner)
  • Pascual Ortiz Rubio (Shriner)
  • Miguel Alemán Valdés (Shriner)

Philippines

Prussia

Puerto Rico

Romania

Singapore

South Africa

Switzerland

Turkey

  • Kemal Atatürk, Lodge Macedonia Resorta e Veritus, Italy

U.K.

  • Prince Arthur, Past Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England
  • Tony Baldry
  • Edmund Burke, Jerusalem Lodge No. 44
  • Winston Churchill, Studholme Alliance Lodge No. 1591, Rosemary Lodge No. 2851
  • Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Past Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England
  • Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent, Past Grand Master of the Ancient Grand Lodge of England
  • King Edward VII, Past Grand Master of United Grand Lodge of England; Protector of the Craft
  • Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor, Household Brigade Lodge No. 2614; Past Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England
  • Lord Elgin, Past Grand Master Mason of Scotland
  • King George IV of the United Kingdom, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England (Moderns)
  • King George VI, Naval Lodge No. 2612; Past Grand Master of Scotland; honorary Past Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England
  • Prince Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England (Moderns); granted Prince Hall his charter in 1884
  • James Oglethorpe, first Master of King Solomon's Lodge No. 1, Savannah, GA
  • George Frederick Samuel Robinson, 3rd Earl de Grey, 1st Marquess of Ripon, Past Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England
  • King William IV, Plymouth, England

U.S.

Venezuela

  • Simón Bolívar, founder of Lodge Order and Liberty No. 2, Peru

Military Leaders

American Revolution

Republic of Texas

Composers, Fine Artists and Popular Musicians

Actors and Entertainers

Industrialists and Labor Leaders

Adventurers

Philosophers

Athletes

Astronauts

Writers, Journalists and Publishers

Lawyers, Jurists and Law Enforcement

Doctors, Scientists and Inventors

Educators, Religious Leaders and Others

Famous Entered Apprentices

"Mason" generally refers to a Master Mason, or one who has received all three of the initiatory degrees of Freemasonry. Those who have received only the Entered Apprentice or Fellow Craft degrees are initiated members, but without all the rights and privileges accorded to Master Masons.

  • General Nathan Bedford Forrest was initiated into the first degree of Freemasonry, but he never completed his second and third degrees and never returned to Lodge.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson was initiated into the first degree of Freemasonry, but his congressional duties made it impossible for him to pursue the second and third degrees.

Famous Non-Famous Masons

  • Charles C. Hilton is frequently cited as the founder, in Chicago, of the Hilton Hotel chain; however, Hilton Hotels were founded in Dallas by Conrad Hilton (who did not have any family members named Charles). Charles C. Hilton, Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard in 1896-1897, may be the Mason who belonged to William B. Warren Lodge No. 309, Chicago, IL.

Famous Non-Masons

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