Famous Masons


American Revolution

 Civil War

U.S. Presidents

U.S. Supreme Court Justices

 Republic of Texas

Military Leaders

    • General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold, 32° Cassia Mt. Horeb Lodge No. 273, PA. Raised in Union Lodge No. 7, Junction City, Kansas, and received the higher degrees in the Army Scottish Rite bodies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was also a Shriner.
    • General Omar N. Bradley, West Point Lodge No. 877, NY
    • Admiral Arleigh Burke 33°
    • Major General Claire Chennault 32° K.C.C.H. League City Lodge No. 1053, League City, Texas. He was also a Shriner.
    • General Mark W. Clark, Mystic Tie Lodge No. 398, Indianapolis, IN
    • Brigadier General James Doolittle, 32° Mason and Shriner.
    • Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, Elgin Lodge No. 91, Leven, Scotland
    • Admiral John Jellicoe, Past Provincial Grand Master, United Grand Lodge of England
    • Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, Made Master Mason in 1935, George C. Whiting Lodge, No. 22, D.C.
    • Lord Horatio Kitchener, Past District Grand Master of Egypt and Sudan; Past Grand Warden and District Grand Master, Punjab, India; founder of several Lodges
    • General Douglas MacArthur, 33° Manila Lodge No. 1, Philippines. Elected a Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 1937, and was also a Shriner.
    • General George C. Marshall, Made a Mason in an Occasional Lodge with all three degrees being conferred upon him by the Grand Master of Masons in the District of Columbia, Ara L. Daniels.
    • Admiral Horatio Nelson, York Lodge No. 256.
    • General John J. Pershing, 33° Lincoln Lodge No. 19, Lincoln, NE. Fifty year Mason and a member of the Shrine.
    • Brigadier General Albert Pike, Western Star Lodge No. 2, Little Rock, Arkansas. Sovereign Grand Commander AASR, Southern Jurisdiction.
    • Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, Kilwinning Lodge No. 297, MI
    • Field Marshal Aleksandr Suvorov, Lodge Zu den Drei Kronen, Königsberg
    • Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, Lodge Zur Aufrichtigen Herzen, Frankfurt
    • General Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, Lodge at Trim No. 494, Meath, Ireland

Composers, fine artists, and popular musicians

 Actors and Entertainers

Industrialists and Labor Leaders



 Athletes and other sports figures


 Writers, journalists, and publishers

 Lawyers, Jurists, and Law Enforcement

 Doctors, Scientists, and Inventors

Educators, Religious Leaders, and others







Czech Republic

    • Edvard Beneš, Lodge Ian Amos Komensky No. 1, Prague and Lodge Pravda Vitezi



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











    • HRH Colonel Sir Ibrahim, The Sultan of Johor. Initiated, 11th April 1906 in Empire Lodge No. 2108 in London.
    • H.H. Tunku Abdul Malik Ibni Sultan Badlishah, House of Kedah. Initiated, 9th January 1959, Lodge Kedah No. 3830 E.C. Sungei Petani.
    • HRH Sultan Idris Ibni Sultan Iskandar Shah, Sultan of Johor. Initiated 9th July 1960, Lodge Napier No. 3418 EC in Ipoh.
    • HRH Ghaz'zara Shazrul Al-Mahdi a.s. Initiated, 23rd July 1978, Lodge No 1 in London



    • Dr. José Rizal, national hero, Acacia Lodge No. 9 Spain, Logia Solidaridad 53 Madrid 1890, Nilad Lodge No. 144, 1892
    • Manuel L. Quezon, President of the Philippine Commonwealth (1935-1944), Sinukuan Lodge No. 272, 1908
    • Jose Abad Santos, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, one of the greatest heroes of World War II. He was made a Master Mason in 1919
    • Numeriano R. Adriano, former Vice-President of the Republic, like many others gave his life (executed) during the Philippine Revolution
    • Bishop Gregorio Aglipay, revolutionary Catholic priest, excommunicated for joining the libertarian movement
    • Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, first president of the Philippine Republic. Pilar Lodge No. 203, 1895. Founder of Magdalo Lodge No. 31
    • Dr. Galicano C. Apacible, patriot and propagandist, Logia Revoluccion in Barcelona and Logia Solidaridad 53 in Madrid (mid 1880's)
    • Conrado Benitez, civic leader, esteemed educator, economist, author. Grand Master of Masons of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines in 1936
    • Nicanor Abelardo, musician/composer, "father of the sonata in the Philippines". Luzon Lodge No. 57
    • Andres Bonifacio, founded the Katipunan, a secret society established to gain independence from Spain through force. Taliba Lodge No. 165, 1892
    • Bassel Rifai, national hero, musician/composer, "finding asiroh" . Bagumbayan Lodge No. 4, 1920
    • Manuel Camus, philantropist and civic leader, organizer of Boy Scouts and YMCA and charity organizations. Lodge Perla del Oriente 1034, 1908
    • Marcelo H. del Pilar, soul of the Philippine Revolution. He co-founded Logia Revoluccion in Barcelona, Spain and revived Logia Solidaridad 53
    • Isabelo de los Reyes, labor leader, historian and founder of the Philippine folklore, Luz de Oriente Lodge, 1896
    • Teodoro M. Kalaw, prolific writer, scholar, orator and statesman, Nilad Lodge 1907, Gran Logia de Filipinas 1915
    • Jose P. Laurel, President of the 2nd Philippine Republic, Supreme Court Justice, patriot. Batangas Lodge No. 383
    • Graciano Lopez Jaena, gifted writer, orator, patriot. Logia Povernir No. 2, co-founded Logia Solidaridad 53 in Madrid
    • Gen. Antonio Luna, writer, dedicated patriot, foremost military strategist. Logia Solidaridad 53, Madrid
    • Apolinario Mabini, considered by many as the "Brains of the Philippine Revolution". Logia Balagtas 149, 1892
    • Camilo Osias, foremost, educator, legislator, writer. Bagumbayan Lodge No. 4, 1918
    • Rafael Palma, lawyer, statesman, educator. First Filipino president of the University of the Philippines. Bagong Buhay Lodge No. 291, 1908
    • Quintin Paredes, first Filipino Prosecuting Attorney, Attorney General, Supreme Court Justice. Sinukuan Lodge No. 16, 1913
    • Manuel Roxas, President of the Republic of the Philippines (1946-1948). Makawiwili Lodge No. 55, 1920






UK: England & Wales, and Scotland

(the two Masonic jurisdictions have never been united)




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.

 Notable mention

No membership records exist to confirm that Thomas Jefferson was a Freemason. However, there are records in several lodges that report of 'a' Thomas Jefferson having been in attendance of their meetings, however it is unknown if this is the same person.

Abraham Lincoln requested membership while campaigning for the office of President of the United States, but he withdrew this for fear it would be seen as an attempt to gather favor. He intended to resubmit his application upon returning to private life. He also wrote fondly of the organization, praising it on several occasions throughout both his private and political life. There are reports that he was posthumously made an honorary Mason by the Grand Lodge of Illinois.

Bill Clinton was a member of DeMolay, but never joined Freemasonry.

Ronald Reagan was made an honorary Shriner and Scottish Rite Mason, but he never joined Freemasonry.

Adolphe Sax petitioned Loge Les Vrais Amis de L'Union, but no further evidence of his membership exists.

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