United States Presidents:
George Washington (1732-1799)
President of the United States: 1789 - 1797
Initiated: 1752 in Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
George Washington was an American statesman and soldier who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company."
James Monroe (1758-1831)
President of the United States: 1817 - 1825
Initiated: 1775 in Williamsburg Lodge No. 6, Williamsburg, Virginia.
James Monroe was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fifth President of the United States from 1817 to 1825.
"Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all - liberty"
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845)
President of the United States: 1829 - 1837
Initiated: Pre 1800, St. Tammany (Harmony) Lodge No. 1, Nashville, Tennessee.
Andrew Jackson was an American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837.
"Freemasonry is an institution calculated to benefit mankind."
James Polk (1795 - 1849)
President of the United States: 1845 - 1849
Initiated: 1820 in Columbia Lodge No. 31, Columbia, Tennessee.
James Knox Polk was an American politician who served as the 11th President of the United States. He previously was Speaker of the House of Representatives and Governor of Tennessee.
"We must ever mandate the principle that the people of this continent alone have the right to decide their own destiny."
James Buchanan (1791 - 1868)
President of the United States: 1857 - 1861
Initiated: 1816 in Lodge No. 43, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
James Buchanan Jr. was the 15th President of the United States, serving immediately prior to the American Civil War. He is the only president to remain a lifelong bachelor.
"The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there."
Andrew Johnson (1808 - 1875)
President of the United States: 1865 - 1869
Initiated: 1851 in Greenville Lodge No. 119, Greenville, Tennessee.
Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson became president as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
"Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide."
James Garfield (1831 - 1881)
President of the United States: 1881 - 1881
Initiated: 1861 in Magnolia Lodge No. 20, Columbus, Ohio.
James Abram Garfield was the 20th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1881, until his assassination later that year.
"Ideas are the great warriors of the world, and a war that has no idea behind it, is simply a brutality."
William McKinley (1843 - 1901)
President of the United States: 1897 - 1901
Initiated: 1865 in Hiram Lodge No. 21, Winchester, Virginia.
William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States from March 4, 1897 until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term.
"That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime - to set an example - and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history."
Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)
President of the United States: 1901 - 1909
Initiated: 1901 in Matinecock Lodge No. 806, Oyster Bay, New York.
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, and naturalist, who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909.
"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."
William Taft (1857 - 1930)
President of the United States: 1909 - 1913
Initiated: At Sight -1909 in Kilwinning Lodge No. 356, Cincinnati, Ohio.
William Howard Taft served as the 27th President of the United States and as the tenth Chief Justice of the United States, the only person to have held both offices.
"We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement."
Warren Harding (1865 - 1923)
President of the United States: 1921 - 1923
Initiated: 1901 in Marion Lodge No. 70, Marion, Ohio.
Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1921 until his death in 1923.
"America's present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration;... not surgery but serenity."
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)
President of the United States: 1933 - 1945
Initiated: 1911 in Holland Lodge No. 8, New York City.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945.
"I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made."
Harry S. Truman (1884 - 1972)
President of the United States: 1945 - 1953
Initiated: 1909 in Belton Lodge No. 450, Belton, Missouri.
Harry S. Truman was an American statesman who served as the 33rd President of the United States, taking the office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
Gerald Ford (1913 - 2006)
President of the United States: 1974 - 1977
Initiated: 1949 in Malta Lodge No. 465, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was an American politician who served as the 38th President of the United States from August 1974 to January 1977, following the resignation of Richard Nixon.
"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."
Lyndon B. Johnson (1908 - 1973)
President of the United states: 1963 - 1969
Initiated: 1937 in Johnson City Lodge No. 561, Johnson City, Texas.
Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969, assuming the office after serving as the 37th Vice President of the United States from 1961 to 1963. (Did not progress to Master Mason.)
"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose."
Other Famous Masons:
Edwin Buzz Aldrin: (1930 - )
Montclair Lodge No. 144 New Jersey.
Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer and former astronaut. As the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, he was one of the first two humans to land on the Moon, and the second person to walk on it.
"I still say, Shoot for the moon; you might get there."
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
Initiated: 1730, Saint John's Lodge in Philadelphia.
Benjamin Franklin FRS, FRSE was a renowned polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: (1756 - 1791)
Initiated: 1784, Zur Wohltätigkeit (Charity) Lodge, Austria.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Born in Salzburg, he showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood.
"I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings."
Simón Bolívar (1783-1830)
South American Liberator
Initiated: 1803, Masonic Lodge “Lautaro” out of Cadiz, Spain.
a Venezuelan military and political leader who played a leading role in the establishment of Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama as sovereign states, independent of Spanish rule.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
Initiated: 1861, Polar Star Lodge No. 79, A.F.&A.M. in St. Louis
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."
Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
Prime Minister of England: 1940 - 1945, 1951 - 1955
Initiated: 1901, Studholme Mason Lodge No. 1591 in England.
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British statesman, army officer, and writer, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881 - 1938)
Founder and 1st President of Turkey
Initiated: 1907, Lodge Veritas in Salonica
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was a Turkish army officer, revolutionary, and founder of the Republic of Turkey, serving as its first President from 1923 until his death in 1938.
"A nation which makes the final sacrifice for life and freedom does not get beaten."
J. Edgar Hoover (1895 - 1972)
First Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (USA)
Initiated: 1920, Federal Lodge No. 1, Washington D.C.
John Edgar Hoover, better known as J. Edgar Hoover, was an American detective and the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States.
"No amount of law enforcement can solve a problem that goes back to the family."
Jesse Jackson (1941 - )
shadow U.S. Senator and shadow U.S. Representative / Activist
Initiated: 1987, Harmony Lodge No. 88 in Chicago.
Jesse Louis Jackson Sr. (born Jesse Louis Burns; October 8, 1941) is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988.
"Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up."
Samuel Colt (1814 - 1862)
Initiated: Unknown, St. John’s Lodge No. 4, Pythagoras Chapter No. 17.
Samuel Colt was an American inventor, industrialist, businessman, and hunter. He founded Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company and made the mass production of the revolver commercially viable.
“God Created Men and Sam Colt Made Them Equal!” (Old West Adage)
Shaquille O'Neal ( 1972 - )
Professional Basketball Star
Initiated: 2011, At sight: Widow's Son Lodge No. 28 in Boston.
Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed "Shaq", is an American retired professional basketball player currently serving as a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. He is widely considered one of the greatest players in NBA history.
"Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do."