Many of the United States’ – and the world’s – most respected men have been Masons.
Some of these are listed below:
Notable Masons in History
Astronauts: Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Virgil Grissom
Authors and Poets: Robert Burns, Voltaire, Sir Walter Scott, Goethe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling
Aviators: Charles Lindbergh, James H. Doolittle, Eddie Rickenbacker
Business Leaders: J.C. Penney, Henry Ford, Dave Thomas, John Wanamaker
Composers: John Philip Sousa, George M. Cohen, Irving Berling, Wofgang Mozart
Entertainers: Roy Rogers, Clark Gable, Oliver Hardy, John Wayne, Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, Arthur Godfrey, Red Skelton, Danny Thomas, Burl Ives, Jonathan Winters, Duke Ellington
Explorers: Lewis and Clark, Commodore Perry, Admiral Byrd
Frontiersmen: Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill Cody, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie
Military Leaders: The Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill, Admiral John Paul Jones, Marquis de Lafayette, General Douglas McArthur, Paul Revere, Simon Bolivar, Benito Juarez, Sam Houston, Napoleon Bonaparte, Peter the Great
Presidents: George Washington, and 13 others, including Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Gerald Ford
Also: Eight signers of the Declaration of Independence, eight signers of the Articles of Confederation and 13 signers of the U.S. Constitution, including Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock.
For a more comprehensive list, visit Indiana Freemasons Online.
What Some Of Them Have Said about Masonry:
“There is no doubt in my mind that Masonry is the cornerstone of America.”
– Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy’s
“To me, Freemasonry is one form of dedication to God and service to humanity.”
– Norman Vincent Peale, Minister and Author
“Freemasonry embraces the highest moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or philosophy ever promulgated for the uplift of man.”
– Douglas MacArthur, General of the Army
“The Masonic Fraternity is one of the most helpfully mediating and conserving organizations among men, and I have never wavered from that childhood impression, but it has stood steadfastly with me through the busy, vast hurrying years.”
– George W. Truett, Southern Baptist Leader
“We represent a fraternity which believes in justice and truth and honorable action in your community … men who are endeavoring to be better citizens… [and] to make a great country greater. This is the only institution in the world where we can meet on the level all sorts of people who want to live rightly.”
– Harry S. Truman, President of the United States
“In a day of mistrust, suspicion, discrimination, separation, and even hatred, Freemasonry removes the distance between men. Friendship, morality, and brotherly love are the hallmarks of our relationships. There is a basic integrity in the Fraternity so often lacking in many of life’s relationships… Let me quickly and emphatically say that Freemasonry is not and has never been a religion; however, Freemasonry has always been a friend and ally of religion. In 50 years as a minister and a Mason, I have found no conflict between my Masonic beliefs and my Christian faith.”
– Bishop Carl J. Sanders, United Methodist Church
Excerpted from the booklets “Facts About Free Masonry” and “Get a Life”, produced by the Masonic Information Center.