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  • Abbott, Sir John J.C. – Canadian politician who served as Prime Minister (1891-1892).
  • Abbott, William “Bud” – Famous half of the Abbott & Costello comedy team.
  • Acuff, Roy – “King of Country Music” & star of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Adams, Sherman – Governor of New Hampshire and US Congressman.
  • Aguinaldo, Emilio – President of the Philippines, he declared their independence in 1898.
  • Aldrich, Nelson Wilmarth – U. S. Senator, known for his extensive impact on banking reform. He also served as Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island.
  • Aldrin, Edwin E. – Known as “Buzz” – American astronaut who as a crew member of Apollo 11 became the second human being to walk on the moon (July 20, 1969).
  • Alfond, Harold – Owned famous ‘Dexter Shoe Company’ and noted philanthropist. Sports complexes throughout Maine made possible by his generous contributions bear his name.
  • Allen, Charles H. – First Governor of Puerto Rico (1800-1802) when it was freed of its 400 year despotic rule by Spain.
  • Allen, Ira – Known as the ‘Father of Vermont’, he played a significant role in the acceptance of Vermont as a State and then gave land to help found the University of Vermont.
  • Althouse, Monroe – Director of the Ringgold Band of Pennsylvania.
  • Ames, Ezra – Portrait painter who painted portraits of Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Martin Van Buren, George Clinton, DeWitt Clinton.
  • Anderson, Brad – Cartoonist and creator of the popular ‘Marmaduke’ comic strip.
  • Anderson, Robert – Major General U.S. Army who was in command of Fort Sumter at time of Confederate attack. Known as “Hero of Fort Sumter.”
  • André, Major John – British soldier who attempted to assist Benedict Arnold in his treasonous betrayal of West Point. He was sentenced to death and hanged in 1790.
  • Antheil, George – Eccentric composer of the 1920s. His trademark work was the 1924 work “Le Ballet Mecanique”, which incorporated sounds from machines like airplane propellers and car horns.
  • Archer, Dennis – Mayor of Detroit, Michigan.
  • Arlen, Richard – Movie actor.
  • Armstrong, Louis – Known as “Satchmo.” American jazz trumpeter, virtuoso musician and popular gravelly voiced singer, he greatly influenced the development of jazz.
  • Arnold, Eddie – Country Music legend and member of the Grand Ole Opry
  • Arnold, General Henry “Hap” – Medal of Honor recipient and American general whose efforts helped establish what is now the U.S. Air Force. Commander, Army Air Force in World War II.
  • Arthur William Patrick Albert / Prince Arthur – Third son of Queen Victoria and the longest serving Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England.
  • Asher, Max – US movie actor – Keystone Kop.
  • Astor, John Jacob – A German immigrant to the US, he at one point was considered the wealthiest man in America. He was Master of Holland Lodge in New York and served as Grand Treasurer for that Grand Lodge.
  • Audubon, John James – American ornithologist and artist known for his imposing works in full color of Birds of America. He referred to himself as a “Mason” and “Brother” in his diary but no proof has been found of his membership.
  • Auker, Elden – US baseball ‘submarine’ pitcher.
  • Austin, Stephen F. – American colonizer and political leader who worked to make Texas a state of Mexico but later helped Texas settlers gain their independence (1836). Known as the ‘Father of Texas’.
  • Autry, Gene – American actor who made some 90 movies from the 1930s through the 1950s, cowboy singer (“Back in the Saddle Again” and more), and professional sports team owner of the California Angels baseball team). Many young people today have grown up listening to his rendition of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. Brother Gene was a “true gentleman”.
  • Bagley, Edward E. – Composer of ‘National Emblem’ march.
  • Bahamonde, Ramon Franco – An aviator and Spanish politician, he was the brother of Dictator General Francisco Franco. He was Commander of Aviation and received the Aerial Medal for his valiant action in the Morocco conflict. He was one of the Masons who refused the initiation of General Franco into Freemasonry.
  • Bahr, Hermann – Austrian writer, essayist and critic, he was an intellectual interpreter of his time.
  • Baldry, Tony – Current (1999) UK Member, House of Commons.
  • Baldwin, Henry – American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1830-1844).
  • Balfour, Lloyd – Jewelry manufacturer. Millions of students have for generations chosen class rings from Balfour Jewelry.
  • Banks, Sir Joseph – Noted naturalist who accompanied Capt. Cook on his journeys around the world.
  • Barnard, Lawrence “Slim” – Creator and host of TV’s ‘The Happy Wanderer’ travelogue show of the 1960’s.
  • Barnes, Roy – 80th/Present (1999) Governor of Georgia.
  • Barnes, W. W. – Professor of church history at Southwestern Seminary 1913-1953.
  • Bartholdi, Frederic A. – French sculptor best known for his figure of Liberty Enlightening the World, the Statue of Liberty, in New York Harbor.
  • Barton, Edmund – Speaker of the legislative assembly, New South Wales, Australia, Attorney. General, and judge of the Australian high court.
  • Basie, William “Count” – Orchestra leader/composer.
  • Bates, Frederick – Governor of Missouri.
  • Bayh, Birch – US Democratic Senator from Indiana 1962-1981.
  • Baylor, Robert E. B. – Founder of Baylor University, ‘Texas’ first Baptist college.
  • Beard, Daniel Carter – American writer and illustrator. In 1905, he founded the Sons of Daniel Boone, which in 1910 became the first Boy Scout organization in the US.
  • Bell, Lawrence – Bell Aircraft Corp.
  • Bellamy, Francis J. – The Baptist Minister who created America’s Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Benes, Eduard – President of Czechoslovakia elected in 1935, he led his nation’s government into exile after the outbreak of World War II. He resigned in 1948 when he was forced to yield to a Communist directed cabinet.
  • Bennett, Viscount R.B. – 12th Prime Minister of Canada 1930-35.
  • Benton, Thomas Hart – U. S. Senator from Missouri for 30 years and Grand Master of Iowa.
  • Bentsen, Lloyd M. – A life member of his Masonic Lodge in Texas, Bro. Bentsen served the U. S. with honor and distinction as a bomber pilot in WWII, a US Congressman, Senator and Secretary of the Treasury. His run for the presidency in 1976 allowed the country to meet this kind and considerate man. He was the Vice Presidential candidate with Michael Dukakis in the 1988 campaign where, during the debate with his opponent he used the now-famous phrase “I knew John Kennedy….”. Bro. Bentsen’s daughter advises us that he suffered a stroke about two years ago and is now confined to a wheel chair but in November, 2000 will celebrate his 57th wedding anniversary! His daughter Tina was a member of Rainbow and is now an Eastern Star. Her daughter is a Rainbow Grand Representative so the Masonic connection runs deep.
  • Berlin, Irving – Entertainer and songwriter who wrote more than 1,500 songs including “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (1911) and several musical comedies like Annie Get Your Gun (1946).
  • Berthold, Bartholomew – Businessman who organized the first territorial bank in the Louisiana Territory.
  • Black, Hugo L. – U. S. Senator and Supreme Court Justice.
  • Blair, Jr., John – U. S. Supreme Court Justice and member of the Constitutional Convention.
  • Blanc, Mel – If you’ve heard cartoon characters Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Barney Rubble of the Flintstones, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the cat or others, you’ve heard the voice this 50+ year Mason who brought so much pleasure to so many children for so many years.
  • Blatchford, Samuel – U.. S. Supreme Court Justice.
  • Boaz, Hiram Abiff – Bishop of the Methodist Church, one of the first presidents of Texas Wesleyan University and a member of two Texas lodges.
  • Bond, Shadrach – First Grand Master of Freemasons and first Governor of Illinois
  • Boone, Daniel – Mythologized early U. S. pioneer responsible for the exploration of Kentucky. Although his Masonic membership is unproveable, here is what Nathan Boone had to say about his father’s funeral: “Father’s body was conveyed to Flanders Callaway’s home at Charette, and there the funeral took place. There were no military or Masonic honors, the latter of which he was a member, as there were then but very few in that region of the country.” (Hammon, Neal O. (ed.) “My Father, Daniel Boone- The Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone.” Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 1999. p. 139.)
  • Borden, Sir Robert Laird – Prime Minister of Canada during World War I.
  • Borglum, Gutzon & Lincoln – Father and Son who carved the presidential busts on Mt. Rushmore.
  • Borgnine, Ernest – (1917-2012) Film and television actor. In 1955 received the Oscar as Best Actor for the film Marty. Known to a generation of television fans for his role as the Captain in McHale’s Navy. He was active in Freemasonry and served as Honorary Chairman of a program to support the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center in Richmond.
  • Bortnyansky, Dimitry Stepanovich – Genius Russian composer, author of many religious musical works and the song “How Glorious is Our Lord in Zion” which served for a considerable time as the national anthem of the Russian Empire.
  • Bowell, Sir Mackenzie – British-born Canadian Prime Minister 1894-96 who later led the Conservative opposition.
  • Bowie, James – American-born Mexican colonist who joined the Texan forces during the struggle for independence from Mexico. He died during the defense of the Alamo.
  • Bradley, Omar N. – American general. Played a major part in the Allied victory in World War II.
  • Brant, Joseph – Chief of the Mohawks 1742 – 1807. Supported the British in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.
  • Breckinridge, John C. – American Vice President, he ran as the pro-slavery candidate and lost to Abraham Lincoln. His bust is in the Senate wing of the US Capitol.
  • Brown, Major General Charles E. Jr. – Served as US Army Chief of Chaplains.
  • Brown, Foster V. – US Congressman from Tennessee, he served as Attorney General for Puerto Rico.
  • Brown, Joe E. – Immensely popular actor with the BIG mouth!
  • Bruce, James of Kinnaird – Scottish explorer who made an epic voyage to Abyssinia in the 18th century. Not as widely known, however, is that he was a considerable scholar who brought back from Abyssinia three copies of the Book of Enoch, the apocryphal book which relates to the Royal Arch Degrees, certain of the Scottish Rite Degrees and to the Royal Order of Scotland. The book did not make it into the Biblical canon primarily because no complete copy existed in Europe prior to Kinnaird’s journey. The copies he brought back were in the Abyssinian language, which he learned before going there although no one knows how!
  • Bryan, William Jennings – US Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson.
  • Buchanan, James – 15th President of the U.S. (1857-1861).
  • Bullock, Bob – Texas Lt. Governor.
  • Burke, Arleigh – Highly decorated US Navy Admiral whose leadership helped win the battle in the Pacific during World War II. He was known as “31 knot Burke”.
  • Burnett, David G. – 1st President of the Republic of Texas.
  • Burrows, Lansing – President of the Southern Baptist Convention (1914-1916), secretary of the SBC from 1881-1913, and pastor of 8 Southern Baptist churches.
  • Burns, Conrad – US Senator from Montana.
  • Burns, Robert – The National Poet of Scotland. His lyrics, written in dialect and infused with humor, celebrate love, patriotism and rustic life. Freemasonry was more important to him than any other institution in Scotland!
  • Burton, Harold H. – Supreme Court Justice (1945-1958).
  • Burton, Ron – Professional football player with the Boston Patriots, Past Master of his lodge, and involved in the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
  • Butterfield, Daniel – Major General in the Civil War Union Army; holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor but known especially for his writing of America’s best known bugle call, “Taps”.
  • Byrd, Admiral Richard E. – American naval officer and explorer. He was the first to fly over the North Pole (with Floyd Bennett in 1926).
  • Byrd, Robert C. – The “Dean” of the US Senate, from West Virginia.
  • Byrnes, James F. – Supreme Court Justice and Secretary of State. He tried unsuccessfully to ease post-W W 2 tensions between the US and the USSR.