C – F

  • Calvo, Father Francisco – Catholic Priest who started Freemasonry in Costa Rica 1865.
  • Cantor, Eddie – Popular vaudevillian and movie actor.
  • Carroll, B. H. – First president of Southwestern Seminary and instrumental in the creation of the Department of Evangelism of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
  • Carson, Christopher “Kit” – Frontiersman, scout and explorer.
  • Cass, Lewis – American solider, politician and diplomat. Served as Secretary of War, Secretary of State, and U. S. Senator. He was a Grand Master of Iowa and the first Grand Master of Michigan.
  • Catton, John – U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
  • Chamberlain, Joshua L. – The Union General who received the only battlefield promotion to general during the US Civil War and was credited with the victory in the crucial Battle of the Little Round Top. He was chosen to receive the surrender of the arms and colours of the Confederacy. A chivalrous man, he had his troops salute the defeated army as they marched by. Many believe that this singular act was critical to begin the healing process at the end of that horrid war. He later served as Governor of his home state of Maine and was the President of Bowdoin College. He was the last soldier to die of wounds received in the War and today is used as an example in leadership by the US Army.
  • Christian, John T. – Baptist Minister; Professor of Church History and Librarian of the Baptist Bible Institute. The Library on the New Orleans seminary campus bears his name.
  • Chrysler, Walter P. – American automobile manufacturer who founded the Chrysler Corporation.
  • Churchill, Winston – British politician and writer. Prime Minister (1940-1945 and 1951-1955). His inspiration is often credited with helping Britain survive under the onslaught of Hitler’s evil.
  • Citroen, Andre – French engineer and motor car manufacturer.
  • Clark, Mark Wayne – US Army General who commanded the American Fifth Army when it made its initial landings on the Italian mainland. Later commanded the 15th Army Group consisting of the British Eighth and American Fifth Armies as it effected the conquest of Italy.
  • Clark, Montague Graham, Jr. – Presbyterian minister and President of the School of the Ozarks.
  • Clark, Roy – Country-Western star and singer; member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Clark, Tom C. – Supreme Court Justice (1949-1967).
  • Clark, William – American explorer and frontier politician who joined another Freemason, Meriwether Lewis on the Lewis and Clark expedition (1804-6), the first overland exploration of the American West and Pacific Northwest. Clark was responsible for the careful mapmaking. He later served as Native American agent and governor of the Missouri Territory (1813-1821).
  • Clarke, John H. – Supreme Court Justice (1916-1922).
  • Clay, Henry – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Grand Master of Kentucky,
  • Clemens, Samuel L. – Mark Twain – Writer and humorist. His famous works include the characters of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
  • Clinton, De Witt – Mayor of New York City, Governor of New York, and presidential candidate, he also served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New York.
  • Clinton, George – Third Vice President of the United States and first to die in office.
  • Cobb, Ty – U. S. baseball player and manager who was the first player elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Cody, “Buffalo Bill” William – American guide, scout and showman, he founded the “Wild West Show” which toured Europe and America. Cody, Wyoming is named after him.
  • Cohan, George M. – American composer and lyricist, famous for such songs as “Yankee Doodle Dandy”.
  • Cole, Nat ‘King’ – Great pianist and ballad singer.
  • Coleman, Frank – Founder of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
  • Collodi, Carlo – Writer of ‘Pinocchio’.
  • Colt, Samuel – Firearms inventor and manufacturer. He invented the first revolver.
  • Combs, Earle Bryan – Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Conner, W. T. – Taught theology at Southwestern Seminary 1910–1949.
  • Cook, Joseph – British explorer.
  • Craig, John B. – Career US Foreign Service officer and current (1999) Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman.
  • Crockett, David (‘Davy’) – Frontiersman and politician. US Representative from Tennessee who joined the Texas revolutionaries fighting against Mexico. He died at the siege of the Alamo.
  • Crosby, Norm – Comedian and entertainer. Always seen on the Jerry Lewis telethons for muscular dystrophy in the US. He is a Past Master of a Lodge in Massachusetts.
  • Crowe, William J. Jr. – Served as Commander-in-Chief, US Pacific Command; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on May 19, 1994.
  • Cushing, William – Supreme Court Justice.
  • Dallas, George M. – 12th American Vice President, he also served as Minister to Russia (1837-39) and to Great Britain (1856-61).
  • Darrah, Delmar – Stimulus, imagination and drive for the founding of the American Passion Play, a vivid portrayal of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, for more than four decades, one of the Midwest US’s greatest religious dramas and the forerunner of all such plays in the United States.
  • Daub, Hal – Mayor of Omaha, Nebraska (2001).
  • Dearborn, Major General Henry – Ranking US Army commander during the War of 1812.
  • DeBar, Ben – One of the most famous of the early day US actors and one of the first of prominence to play in ‘talkies’.
  • Decroly, Ovide – Noted developer of educational psychology.
  • del Pilar, Marcelo – The “Father of Philippine Masonry”, a lawyer who founded the first daily newspaper published in the native Tagalog language.
  • DeMille, Cecil B. – Film director. DeMille directed the first Hollywood film, The Squaw Man, in 1914. DeMille became the creative genius behind Paramount Pictures and was instrumental to Hollywood’s development as the film capitol of the world. Two of his greatest film successes were The Ten Commandments (1923, remade 1956) and The Greatest Show on Earth (1952).
  • Dempsey, (William Harrison) Jack – Became a professional boxer in 1912 and fought in more than 100 semi-pro and professional bouts before winning the heavyweight championship in 1919. He successfully defended his title five times before losing to Gene Tunney in an upset in 1926. In the rematch in 1927, Dempsey knocked Tunney down in the seventh round but delayed going to a neutral corner, so the referee gave the controversial “long count” (estimated from 14 to 21 seconds) and Tunney went on to win on points. Later became a restaurant owner in New York.
  • Desaguliers, John Theophilus – Inventor of the planetarium.
  • Devanter, Willis Van – Supreme Court Justice.
  • Dickens, Little Jimmy – Grand Old Opry member.
  • Diefenbaker, John G. – Prime Minister of Canada 1957-63.
  • Dirksen, Everett M. – American political leader, he served eight terms in the US House of Representatives and became Republican minority leader of the Senate.
  • Dole, Robert J. – Decorated Veteran, World War II; U.S. Congressman and Senator from Kansas, 1961–96; Majority and Minority Leader, U.S. Senate; Nominee for President of the United States 1996; Humanitarian and Philanthropist.
  • Dodge, Henry – First U.S. Marshal in Missouri, Governor of Wisconsin Territory, Senator from Wisconsin.
  • Doolittle, General James – American Army officer and aviator, he led the daring raids on Tokyo.
  • Douglas, William O. – US Supreme Court Justice for 36 years.
  • Dow, Herbert Henry – Founded Dow Chemical Co.
  • Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan – British physician and writer, creator of the famous “Sherlock Holmes”.
  • Drake, Edwin L. – American pioneer of the oil industry.
  • Driver, Captain Thomas – In 1831 received a delegation of ladies aboard his ship, the SS Charles. They presented him with a new flag that they had just made. Touched by the unexpected gift, he immediately ordered the new colors run up the mast and as he saluted declared, “I name thee Old Glory.” The name stuck and Bro. Driver carried “Old Glory” twice around the world.
  • DuBois, W.E.B. – Educator/Scholar and co-founder of the NAACP.
  • Dunant, Jean Henri – Philanthropist who inspired the founding of the Red Cross.
  • Dym, Jack – Known to New Yorkers as “Jack The Hack”. Brother Dym was forced to leave high school just days before his graduation to serve in World War II. Upon his return, he became a New York City taxicab driver – possibly the only friendly one, who gives smiley face balloons to his passengers – and has been doing that for some 57 years. Despite his own lack of a diploma, he put his children and grandchildren through college even selling a rare NYC taxi medallion (signifying ownership) for this purpose. In 2002, he wrote to his former high school and asked if he could attend their graduation, having missed his so many years before: the school welcomed his attendance with open arms and he even ‘danced the night away’ with the his wife of 50+ years and other high school graduates at the senior prom – wearing (what else?) the tuxedo he uses for Masonic events. Brother Dym was profiled by Correspondent Bill Geist on a June 30, 2002 segment of the nationally aired CBS television program, Sunday Morning. Yet another famous Mason!
  • Easton, Rufus – First postmaster west of the Mississippi River.
  • Ebbets, Charles H. – Owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team and President of the National League for 27 years. He built Ebbets Field.
  • Edson, Carroll A. – Co-founder of the Order of the Arrow, a Boy Scout honor fraternity.
  • Edward VII – Prince of Wales and subsequently King of England.
  • Edward VIII – King of England who abdicated the throne in less than 1 year in order to marry the woman he loved.
  • Elgin, Lord – In addition to being the Chief of the Name of Bruce, he is the Convenor of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, retired Brigadier General in the Scots Guard Reserve, and is a Knight of the Thistle. He is a former Grand Master Mason of Scotland (the Grand Master as styled in Scotland) and has been head of the Royal Arch Chapter in Scotland for many years. Additionally he is the worldwide head of the Royal Order of Scotland.
  • Ellington, Duke – American jazz composer, orchestrator, bandleader, and pianist, considered the greatest composer in the history of jazz music and one of the greatest musicians of the 20th Century.
  • Ellison, Dr. Marcus – Past President of Virginia Union University and an author of various Masonic publications. He was an active member of the United Supreme Council – Southern Jurisdiction and a member of Jonathan Lodge #112 F&AM, Richmond, VA.
  • Ellsworth, Oliver – The third Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court and responsible for the term “United States” appearing in the Constitution.
  • Enzi, Michael B. – United States Senator (Wyoming) whose father was also an active Mason and whose mother was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.
  • Ernette, James L. – Pennsylvania State Trooper also served as Grand Master of the GL of PA (1998-99).
  • Ervin Jr, Samuel J. – As U.S. Senator from North Carolina, he led the “Watergate” committee during the Nixon presidency and was widely praised for his fair-handed behavior.
  • Evanko, Col. Paul J. – Current (1999) Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police.
  • Evans, Bob – Famous restaurateur, his eateries are found throughout the United States.
  • Faber, Eberhard – Head of the famous Eberhard Faber Pencil Company.
  • Fairbanks, Douglas – American silent film actor known for his performance in swashbuckling adventures such as ‘Robin Hood’.
  • Farragut, David G. – Admiral, US Navy. Leading Union naval officer of the US Civil War.
  • Feller, Bob – Hall of Fame baseball pitcher with the 28th most wins record.
  • Fernández-Juncos, Manuel – Hero of Puerto Rico, the capital’s second most important boulevard is named after him.
  • Fiala, Anthony – War correspondent and famous photographer of Brazilian and polar expeditions.
  • Field, Stephen J. – US Supreme Court Justice (1863-1897).
  • Fields, W. C. – American entertainer known for his raspy voice, bulbous nose, and sardonic disposition. His films include My Little Chickadee (1940) and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941).
  • Fisher, Geoffrey – English churchman, the 99th Archbishop of Canterbury. He became Bishop of London in 1939, and archbishop of Canterbury in 1945. Fisher was a distinguished pastor and administrator, helping to reorganize the work of the Church of England after World War II. As President of the World Council of Churches (1946-54), he was a vigorous proponent of ecumenism.
  • Fitch, John – American inventor, who probably developed the first American steamboat, an achievement often attributed to American inventor Robert Fulton.
  • Fleming, Sir Alexander – British bacteriologist who discovered penicillin in 1928. He shared a 1945 Nobel Prize for this achievement.
  • Foelsche, Paul – First police inspector in Australia’s Northwest Territories.
  • Ford, Gerald R. – 25 year Congressman and Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives, he was appointed Vice President of the U.S. in the wake of the Spiro Agnew scandal. When President Richard Nixon resigned, he became the 38th President of the United States.
  • Ford, Glenn – Famous US movie actor
  • Ford, Henry – Invented the first gasoline powered automobile in 1893, founded Ford Motor Company in 1903 and mass-produced the first widely available and affordable car.
  • Franklin, Benjamin – American printer (he published the first book to come off the press in the Colonies, (Anderson’s Constitutions of 1723), author, diplomat, philosopher, and scientist, whose contributions to the American Revolution (1775-1783), and the newly formed federal government that followed, rank him among the country’s greatest statesmen. He held the Masonic title of Grand Master of Pennsylvania and was one of the 13 Masonic signers of the Constitution of the United States.
  • Francona, Tito – US baseball player for the Cleveland Indians. He held a record for the most hits for a player in under 400 at bats.
  • Frederick II (“The Great”) – King of Prussia (1712-1786) Effective military commander, music composer, patron of literature and the arts and instigator of many social reforms.
  • Fulton, Robert – Often referred to as a Mason (as a member of Hiram Lodge in New York City), his Masonic membership cannot be established factually. At least one Masonic Lodge was named for him – Robert Fulton Lodge #104, New York, NY.