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Freemasonry boasts a long and storied history. While there have been millions of Freemasons throughout the centuries, and all have benefited and grown under the tenets of Freemasonry, many have gone on to achieve famous recognition in their fields. The list below highlights some of the famous achievements of our brethren.

Abbott Sir John J.C Canadian Prime Minister, 1891-1892
Abbott Bud Half of the comedy duo "Abbott & Costello"
Acuff Roy Country music musician. Member of the Grand Ole Opry
Adams Sherman Governor of New Hampshire and U.S. Congressman
Aldrich Nelson Wilmarth Nelson Wilmarth - U. S. Senator
Aldrin Edwin "Buzz" American astronaut. Second man to walk on the moon - July 20, 1969
Alfond Harold Owner, "Dexter Shoe Company". Philanthropist
Allen Charles H First Governor of Puerto Rico (1800-1802)
Anderson Brad Cartoonist and creator of the "Marmaduke" comic strip
Anderson Robert Major General, U.S. Army. Commanded Fort Sumter at the time of the Confederate attack
Appleton Sir Edward Victor English Physicist. Nobel Prize 1947
Archer Dennis Mayor of Detroit, MI
Armstrong Louis Jazz musician
Arnold Eddy Country music musician. Member of the Grand Ole Opry
Arnold Henry "Hap" Commander, Army Air Force in World War II
Arouet François-Marie Better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, essayist, and philosopher known for his wit and his defense of civil liberties
Austin Stephen F American political leader who helped make Texas a state of Mexico, and later Texas settlers gain independence. Known as the 'Father of Texas'
Autry Gene American cowboy actor, singer, and owner of the California Angels. Wrote and recorded the original "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
Bach Johann Christian Composer
Baldwin Henry Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1830-1844)
Barnes Roy Governor of Georgia
Bartholdi Frederic French sculptor. Created the figure of the Statue of Liberty
Basie William "Count" Jazz leader/composer
Bayh Birch U.S. Senator, IN (1962-1981)
Beard Daniel Carter Founder, the Sons of Daniel Boone. (Became the first Boy Scout organization in the U.S. in 1910.)
Bell Lawrence Bell Aircraft Corp
Bellamy Francis J Creator, the American "Pledge of Allegiance"
Benton Thomas Hart U.S. Senator, MO
Bentsen Lloyd M U.S. Congressman and Senator, TX. Vice-Presidential candidate (1988)
Berlin Irving Composer, songwriter, and librettist
Blair, Jr John U. S. Supreme Court Justice and member of the Constitutional Convention
Blanc Mel Voice-over artist for radio, cartoons, and films. The voice of Bugs Bunny
Blatchford Samuel U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Boaz Hiram Abiff Bishop of the Methodist Church and President ofTexas Wesleyan University
Bond Shadrach First Governor of Illinois
Boone Daniel American pioneer
Borglum Gutzon Sculptor, carved Mt. Rushmore
Borglum Lincoln Sculptor, carved Mt. Rushmore
Borgnine Ernest Film and television actor. Best Actor winner, 1956 ("Marty")
Bowie Jim Texas colonist who died during the defense of the Alamo
Bradley Omar General, U.S. Army. Led Allied troops during World War II
Brant Joseph Mohawk chief (1742 - 1807)
Brown, Jr Charles E Major General, U.S. Army. Served as U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains
Brown Joe E Television actor
Bryan William Jennings U.S. Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson
Buchanan Edgar Dentist and actor in the television series "Petticoat Junction"
Buchanan James 15th President of the U.S. (1857-1861)
Burke Arleigh Admiral, U.S. Navy during Pacific battles of World War II
Burns Robert Poet. National Poet of Scotland
Burton Harold H Supreme Court Justice (1945-1958)
Butterfield Daniel Maj. General, Union Army. Wrote "Taps"
Byrd Richard E Admiral, U.S. Navy. Explorer. First person to fly over the North Pole (1926)
Byrd Robert C U.S. Senator, WV
Byrnes James F U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Secretary of State
Canham Erwin D Founder of the Rhodes Scholar program
Cantor Eddie Vaudeville entertainer
Carson Christopher "Kit" Frontiersman and explorer
Catton John U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Chrysler Walter P American automobile manufacturer
Churchill Winston Prime Minister, England (1940-1945 and 1951-1955)
Clark Roy Country music musician. Member of the Grand Ole Opry
Clark Tom C Supreme Court Justice (1949-1967)
Clark William American explorer. Completed first overland exploration of the American West and Pacific Northwest
Clarke John H Supreme Court Justice (1916-1922)
Clay Henry Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
Clemens Samuel L American writer and humorist. Pen name: Mark Twain
Cleaveland Moses Founded the city of Cleaveland, Ohio
Clinton De Witt Mayor of New York City and Governor of New York
Cobb Ty U. S. baseball player. First player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Cody William "Buffalo Bill" American frontiersman and showman
Cohan George M American composer. Wrote "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
Cole Nat King Singer and composer
Colt Samuel Inventor of the first revolver
Crockett Davey Frontiersman and politician. U.S. Congressman from Tennessee who died at the Alamo
Crosby Norm Comedian
DeMille Cecil B Film director
Dempsey Jack Heavyweight championship (1919)
Desaguliers John Theophilus Inventor of the planetarium
Dickens "Little" Jimmy Country music musician. Member of the Grand Ole Opry
Dirksen Everett M U.S. Senator, IL
Dole Bob U.S. Congressman and Senator, KS (1961-1996)
Doolittle James General, U.S. Army. Led daring raids on Tokyo
Douglas William O U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Dow Herbert Henry Founder, Dow Chemical Co
Doyle Sir Arthur Conan Writer, "Sherlock Holmes"
DuBois W.E.B Scholar, co-founder of the NAACP
Dunant Jean Henri Founder of the Red Cross and shared the first Nobel Prize
Ebbets Charles H Owner, the Brooklyn Dodgers
Edward VII King King of England
Edward VIII King King of England who abdicated the throne in less than 1 year in order to marry the woman he loved
Eiffel Gustave Designer and architect of the Eiffel Tower and the armature for the Statue of Liberty
Ellington Duke Jazz composer and bandleader
Ellsworth Oliver Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Responsible for the term "United States" appearing in the Constitution
Evans Bob Restaurateur and sausage manufacturer
Faber Eberhard Head of Faber Pencil Company
Fairbanks Douglas Film actor
Farragut David G Admiral, US Navy. Leading Union naval officer of the U.S. Civil War
Feller Bob Baseball pitcher. Hall of Fame member
Fields W.C Entertainer
Fleming Sir Alexander Bacteriologist and Nobel prize winner (1945). Discovered penicillin in 1928
Ford Gerald R 38th President of the U.S. (1974-1976)
Ford Gllenn Film actor
Ford Henry Inventor, gasoline-powered automobile (1893)
Francis Russ Professional football player: San Francisco 49ers
Franklin Benjamin American author, diplomat, philosopher, and scientist. Helped form the U.S. Federal government
Gable Clark Film actor. Starred as Rhett Butler in "Gone with the Wind" (1939)
Garfield James A 20th President of the U.S. (1880-1881)
Gates John Founder, Texaco Oil
Gatling Richard J Inventor of the "Gatling Gun"
George VI King King of England during World War II
Gerry Elbridge American politician. Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Gilbert Sir William S British playwright and lyricist. Known for comic operas including "H.M.S. Pinafore" and "The Pirates of Penzance" written with composer Sir Arthur Sullivan
Gillette King C Inventor of the safety razor. Founder, Gillette Safety Razor Co
Glenn, Jr John H Astronaut and U.S. Senator, OH (1974-1998). First man to orbit the earth
Godfrey Arthur American television personality
Goldwater Barry American politician
Gompers Samuel Leader, AFL-CIO (1886-1924)
Gowdy Curt Television and radio sports commentator
Graham Albert Belmont Father of the 4-H Rural Youth Program
Gray Harold Lincoln Creator of "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip
Greeley Adolphus Polar explorer
Griffith D.W Pioneer filmmaker
Grissom Virgil I. "Gus" Astronaut. One of the original seven Mercury astronauts
Hampton Lionel Jazz musician
Hancock John American politician. First signer of the Declaration of Independence
Harding Warren G 20th President of the U.S
Hardy Oliver Film comedian
Harlan John M U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Haydn Franz Joseph Austrian composer
Helms Jesse U.S. Senator, NC
Henry Patrick American colonial patriot
Hilton Charles C. American Hotelier
Hoover J. Edgar Director of the FBI (1924-1972)
Hornish, Jr Sam IRL racing driver
Hornsby Rogers Baseball pitcher. Hall of Fame member
Horton Tim Hockey player. Founder, Tim Horton's restaurant chain
Houdini Harry Magician, escape artist
Houston Sam First President of the Republic of Texas
Humphrey Hubert H U.S. Vice President
Ives Burl Entertainer and ballad singer
Jackson Andrew 7th President of the U.S. (1829-1837)
Jackson Reverend Jesse Baptist Minister, American civil rights leader
Jackson Robert H Supreme Court Justice. Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Trials
Johnson Andrew 17th President of the U.S
Johnson Richard M U.S. Vice President
Jolson Al Vaudeville and film performer
Jones John Paul "Father of the U.S. Navy"
Jones Melvin Co-founder, Lions International
Juarez Benito President of Mexico, served five terms 1858-1872
Kalakaua King Monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom
Kamehameha III King Monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom
Kamehameha IV King Monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom
Kamehameha V King Monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom
Kemp Jack U.S. Congressman, NY
Kipling Rudyard Writer, "The Jungle Book"
Lafayette Marquis de French soldier and politician. Close supporter and friend of Brother George Washington during the Revolutionary War
Lake Simon Inventor, first open-sea submarine
LaGuardia Fiorello Mayor of New York City
Lamar Joseph U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Lawton Henry Ware U.S. Civil War Medal of Honor winner. Major General of the "Rough Riders" at San Juan Hill
LeJeune John A Major General, U.S. Marine Corps. (1920-1949)
Lewis Meriwether American explorer. Completed first overland exploration of the American West and Pacific Northwest
Lindbergh Charles Aviator. Completed the first solo transatlantic flight
Lindner Carl Co-founder, United Dairy Farmers. Owner, Cincinnati Reds baseball team
Lloyd Harold Entertainer, silent film actor
Lott Trent U.S. Senator, MS
Loving Oliver Cattle driver. Forged the "Godnight-Loving Trail"
MacArthur Douglas A General, U.S. Army. U.S. Chief of Staff. Commander of the Allied forces in the Pacific during World War II
Macy Rowland Hussey Founder, R. H. Macy & Company (Macy's Department Store)
Marx Harpo Film Comedian
Marshall George C Generl, U.S. Army. Secretary of State
Marshall James W Miner. Discovered Gold at Sutter's Mill, California (1848)
Marshall John Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Marshall Thomas R 22nd Vice-President of the United States
Marshall Thurgood U.S. Supreme Court Justice. The first African-American to be appointed to the Supreme Court
Massey Hart Co-founder, Massey-Ferguson farm equipment
Mathews Stanley U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Mayer Louis B Film producer, MGM Pictures
Mayo Dr. Charles Co-founder, Mayo Clinic
Maytag Fredrick President and CEO, Maytag Corp
McCarthy Glenn H Oilman and hotelier. Known as the "King of the Wildcatters."
McKinley William The 25th President of the United States (1897-1901)
Mellon Andrew Financier, politican, philanthropist. Founded the Union Trust Company and Gulf Oil
Mercherle George Jacob Founder, State Farm Insurance
Mfume Kweisi U.S. Congressman. President and CEO, NAACP
Michelson Albert Abraham Scientist. First American scientist to win the Nobel Prize after he successfully measured the speed of light in 1882
Minton Sherman U.S. Senator and Supreme Court Justice (1949 - 1956)
Mitchell Edgar Astronaut. Flew on the Apollo 14 mission, the final mission to the moon
Mix Tom Rodeo champion, film star
Molson John Founder, Molson Breweries
Monroe James The 5th President of the United States (1817-1825)
Montgolfier Jacques Etienne Co-developer (with his brother) of the first practical hot-air balloon
Moody William U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Austrian composer. Considered among the greatest and most prolific composers in history
Murphy Audie Soldier and film actor. Most decorated American Soldier of World War II
Naismith James A Invented the game of basketball
Nelson Samuel U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Nunn Sam U.S. Senator, GA
Olds Ransom E Founder, the Olds Motor Company, which produced the Oldsmobile
Otis James American Revolutionary politician. Created statement "Taxation without Representation is Tyranny."
Palmer Arnold Professional golfer
Peale Rev. Norman Vincent Minister and author. Methodist minister and author of "The Power of Positive Thinking". Native of Bellefontaine, OH!
Peary Admiral Robert E Admiral Robert E. - First man to reach the North Pole (1909)
Penney James C. (J.C.) Founder, JCPenney Stores
Pepper Claude U.S. Senator, FL. When he died, he was the oldest man to serve in Congress
Perry Matthew Commanded one of the first steam ships and made a famous expedition to the Far East opening it for trade
Pershing John ("Black Jack") General, U.S. Army. Led the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War I
Pinchot Bronson Television actor
Pitney Mahlon U.S. Congressman, Supreme Court Justice
Polk James Knox 11th President of the United States
Pound Roscoe Dean of the Harvard University School of Law
Pullman George Inventor of the first sleeping car on a locomotive
Pushkin Alexander Russian Poet
Putnam Rufus General, U.S. Army. During the Revolutionary War he was nicknamed the 'Father of the Northwest Territory'. He later became the First Grand Master of Masons in Ohio
Rangel Charles U.S. Congressman, NY
Reed Stanley U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1938-1957)
Revere Paul Silversmith, engraver and Revolutionary hero who made the famous ride to warn "The British are coming!"
Richards Michael Television actor who portrayed "Kramer" on the hit series "Seinfeld"
Rickenbacker Eddie Aviator. He was the most decorated combat pilot of World War I
Rickey Branch General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Hired Jackie Robinson to break the color barrier in professional baseball
Ridgeway General Matthew B U.S. Army Chief of Staff
Ringling Brothers all Circus owners. All seven brothers were Master Masons
Robinson "Sugar" Ray Boxer. Five-time middleweight champion
Roemer Charles ("Buddy") Governor, LA (1988-1992)
Rogers Roy Singer and film actor. "King of the Cowboys"
Rogers Will Actor and humorist
Roosevelt Franklin D 32nd President of the United States
Roosevelt Theodore 26th President of the United States
Rutledge Wiley U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1943-1949)
Saltonstall Leverett U.S. Senator for 21 years
Sanders Colonel Harland Restaurateur. Founded Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants
Savalas Telly Television and film actor
Sax Antoine Joseph Musician and inventor of the saxophone (1846)
Schaefer Julius E Founded a company which later became Boeing's Wichita plant. Oversaw production of large volumes of aircraft during World War II
Schalk Ray Baseball catcher. Hall of Fame member
Schirra Walter M Astronaut. Served on Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. Carried several Masonic items into space with him on the Apollo 7 flight
Schumer Charles U.S. Congressman, NY
Scott Sir Walter Novelist and poet
Sellers Peter English film actor and comedian
Shackleton Sir Ernest UK Explorer
Shuler Heath U.S. Congressman, NY and NFL Quarterback
Sitter Carl Company Commader, U.S. Marine Corps. Congressional Medal of Honor winner during the Korean War
Skelton Red Entertainer
Smith Joseph Founder of the Mormon Church
Smith John Stafford Composer. Wrote the music for "The Star-Spangled Banner"
Sousa John Phillip Composer and U.S. Marine Corps Band leader. Wrote numerous marches, including "The Stars and Stripes Forever"
Spanos Alex Owner, the San Diego Chargers football team
Stewart Potter U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1959-1981)
Still Andrew Physician. He devised treatment of Osteopathy
Stotz Carl Co-founder of Little League Baseball
Stutz Harry President, Stutz Motor Car Company
Sullivan Sir Arthur British playwright, known for comic operas including "H.M.S. Pinafore" and "The Pirates of Penzance" composed with writer W.S. Gilbert/td>
Swayne Noah U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Swift Jonathan Satirist. Wrote "A Modest Proposal" and "Gulliver's Travels"
Switzer Carl ("Alfalfa") Child actor star of the "Little Rascals" series
Taft William Howard 27th President of the United States. Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Thayer Syvanus "Father" of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point
Thomas Danny Entertainer, Founder of St. Jude's Children's Hospital
Thomas Dave Restaurateur. Founder, Wendy's Restaurants
Thomas Lowell American radio commentator during both World Wars
Thurmond Strom U.S. Senator. The longest-serving U.S. Senator
Tillis Mel Country music musician. Member of the Grand Ole Opry
Todd Thomas U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1807-1826)
Travis William Barrett Colonel, Texas militia. Commanded the millitia that died in defense of the Alamo
Trimble Robert U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Truman Harry S 33rd President of the United States
Vinson Frederick Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1946-1953)
Wagner Honus Baseball pitcher. Hall of Fame member
Wallace George C Governor, AL
Walker Charlie Country music musician. Member of the Grand Ole Opry
Wallace Lew Major General, U.S. Army, politician and author. Governor, NM. Aouthor of "Ben Hur" and the song "You Are My Sunshine"
Warner Glen "Pop" Football coach
Warner Jack Co-founder, Warner Bros. Pictures
Warren Earl Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1953 - 1974)
Washington Booker T Educator and author
Washington George General, U.S. Army. 1st President of the United States
Watson Thomas J President and Chariman, IBM
Wayne John Film actor. "The Duke" is widely hailed as one of the most popular film actors of all time
Webb James NASA Administrator
Whiteman Paul Jazz conductor and musician
Wilde Oscar Irish playwright, novelist, and poet
Wilder Lawrence Douglass Governor, VA. First elected African-American Governor in the US
William IV King King of Great Britain
Wood Grant Painter. Most famous work is the painting "American Gothic"
Wozniak Steve Co-founder Apple Computers
Wyler William Film director
Wynn Edd Film actor and comedian
Young Brigham Founder, the Mormon Church
Young Cy Baseball pitcher. Hall of Fame member
Young Andrew United Nations Ambassador. Mayor, Atlanta, GA
Zanuck Darryl F Co-founder, 20th Century Productions
Zigfeld Florenz Creator, "Ziegfeld's Follies"

Golden Gate #245 is a chartered lodge of The Grand Lodge of Ohio, Free and Accepted Masons, sharing its historic building in Chagrin Falls with other Masonic bodies including; Solon Lodge #757 F.&A.M., Chagrin Falls Chapter #152 Royal Arch Masons, Golden Rule #442 Order of the Eastern Star, Oriental Commandery #12 Knights Templar, and Windermere Council #113 Royal & Select Masons. Learn more about Freemasonry by contacting us or a lodge near you.