G – L

  • Gable, Clark – American actor who played opposite nearly every major female star during the 1930’s. Perhaps best remembered for his role as Rhett Butler in ‘Gone with the Wind’, he had received an Academy Award as Best Actor (in the Best Movie) of 1934 (‘It Happened One Night’).
  • Garfield, James A. – The 20th President of the United States, he was assassinated in 1881 and his death was the cause of considerable mourning in the US.
  • Gates, John – Known as “Bet-a-million” Gates, he was the founder of Texaco Oil Company and popularized barbed wire.
  • Gatling, Richard J. – Inventor of the famous “Gatling Gun”.
  • George VI – King of England during World War II.
  • Gerry, Elbridge – American politician, signer of the Declaration of Independence and a delegate to the Continental Congress, he served as Governor of Massachusetts (1810-1811) and Vice President of the United States until his death (1813-1814).
  • Gibbon, Edward – Writer, perhaps best known for the classic ‘Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’.
  • Gilbert, Sir William S. – British playwright and lyricist known for a series of comic operas including “H.M.S. Pinafore” and “The Pirates of Penzance” written with composer Sir Arthur Sullivan.
  • Gillette, King C. – American inventor and manufacturer who developed the safety razor and founded the Gillette Safety Razor Co.
  • Gilman, Benjamin A. – One of the highest ranking members in seniority, a U.S. congressman from the 20th New York District who in 1978 was successful as a champion of human rights.
  • Girard, Stephen – Born in France, he was an enormously successful merchant, mariner and banker. He largely financed the U.S. government during the War of 1812.
  • Glenn, John H., Jr. – U. S. astronaut and first American to orbit the earth in a space craft in 1962, he became a U. S. Senator from Ohio from 1974 through 1998 and in November, 1998, returned to space 36 years after his original journey as the oldest American astronaut. “God speed, Brother Glenn!”
  • Glickman, Dan – US Congressman from Kansas and Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture.
  • Godfrey, Arthur – American television personality and one of the medium’s dominant stars throughout the 1950s as host of variety show programs. This redhead’s songs and skits with his ukulele entertained millions.
  • Goldwater, Barry – American politician, a conservative Republican he served as Senator from Arizona and unsuccessfully ran for president in 1964.
  • Gompers, Samuel – He led in the formation of the American Federation of Labor and (with the exception of one year) headed it from 1886 to 1924. He opposed socialism and communism and radicalism generally and kept the movement focused on economic goals and job security. He saw several reforms in child labor.
  • Goodman, E. Urner – Co-founder of the Order of the Arrow, a Boy Scout honor fraternity.
  • Goodnow, David – Newscaster and former long-time news anchor on CNN News.
  • Gorham, Bradford – Former Rhode Island House Minority Leader, he served as Master of his Masonic lodge.
  • Gorham, Nicholas – Son of Bradford and a RI State Representative.
  • Gray, Harold Lincoln – Creator of “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip.
  • Griffith, D. W. – Pioneer filmmaker.
  • Grissom, Virgil “Gus” – Astronaut who made the second crewed space flight in 1961, he was tragically killed in a launch pad explosion in 1967.
  • Grock – Swiss Circus Clown, known as the “King of Clowns” and recognized for his virtuosity in both circus and theatre.
  • Guillotin, Joseph Ignace – French physician and revolutionary who advocated for a more humane method of death which came to bear his name.
  • Hall, Prince – The man whose name is honored by generations of black Freemasons who follow in his life and achievements.
  • Hamilton, Frederick William – Unitarian minister and President of Tufts College.
  • Hamilton, William W. – Named the Southern Baptist Convention’s Home Mission Board’s first head of the Department of Evangelism in 1906. He served as president of Baptist Bible Institute (BBI), now the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, from 1927to 1943. While president, he saved BBI from bankruptcy in 1932 when the school defaulted on $353,000 in bonds. President of the SBC from 1940 to 1942.
  • Hampton, Lionel – Best known for playing the vibraphones, he is a jazz giant.
  • Hancock, John – One of nine Masons – and the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, he was President of the Continental Congress and served nine terms as Governor of Massachusetts.
  • Harding, Warren G. – The 29th President of the United States. His political appointments engaged in serious corruption leading to the “Teapot Dome” scandal. He died in office.
  • Hardy, Oliver – American comedian, famous for the slapstick abuse he inflicted upon his partner, Stan Laurel.
  • Harlan, John M. – U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
  • Haydn, Franz Joseph – Austrian composer who exerted great influence on the development of the classical symphony.
  • Helms, Jesse – Well-known conservative US Senator from North Carolina, he has been a leader in the field of US foreign relations for decades.
  • Henry, Patrick – American colonial patriot, member of the Continental Congress, he spurred the creation of the Virginia militia with the famous words “Give me liberty or give me death”. Later served as the Governor of Virginia
  • Henley, Vernard W. Henley Sr. – C.E.O. and President, Consolidated Bank and Trust Co in Richmond, Virginia, the oldest Black owned Bank in the United States. Made a Mason at Sight in 1997 at the Annual Grand Lodge Session held in Arlington, Va. by The Most Worshipful Grand Master of Virginia. (P.H.A.).
  • Henson, Matthew – Sole companion of Bro. Adm. Robert Peary when he discovered the North Pole in 1909. He authored the book “A Negro Explorer at the North Pole” and was honored by the White House before his death. Celestial Lodge #3, PHA, NYC.
  • Herkimer, Nicholas – Brigadier General of the US Revolution.
  • Herrmann, Alexander – “King of Magic”.
  • Hershey, Lewis – Director of the U.S. Selective service for 30 years.
  • Hoban, James – Irish-born American architect who designed and supervised the construction (1793-1801) and renovation (1815-1829) of the White House in Washington, DC.
  • Hobbs, Herschell Harold (d. 1995). – An ordained Southern Baptist minister for 69 years, he wrote at least 147 books and Bible commentaries used in Southern Baptist churches. He preached more than 700 sermons on the syndicated radio program, the “Baptist Hour” between 1958 and 1978. He was president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1961-63. He was raised a Master Mason in Siloam Lodge No. 276 in Oklahoma City at the age of 54, which was during his first term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He became a Scottish Rite Mason in 1966 while a preacher on the “Baptist Hour”.
  • Hoe, Richard M. – Inventor and businessman.
  • Holland, Leonard – Longtime Adjutant General of the Rhode Island National Guard.
  • Holliday, Frank Jr. – American motion picture actor of the 1930s.
  • Hoover, Frank – A brand of vacuum cleaners is named after him.
  • Hoover, J. Edgar – American Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-1972). He is remembered for fighting gangsters during the Prohibition ear (1919-1933) and for a vigorous anti-Communist campaign after World War II.
  • Hornish, Jr., Sam – Race car driver, he was the youngest champion of a major, North American open-wheel series in modern racing history. In 2001, he led the Indy Northern Light Series from start to finish. You can follow Brother Sam’s racing career at www.samhornish.com
  • Hornsby, Rogers – US baseball player, led the National League in hitting for 5 years and had a lifetime batting average second only to Bro. Ty Cobb.
  • Horton, Frank Reed – Lawyer, textbook author, Scouter, and Founder of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, an organization at the forefront of college service fraternities.
  • Horton, Tim – Canadian ice hockey legend, he founded the donut chain which bears his name.
  • Houdini, Harry (Ehrich Weiss) – Premiere American magician known for his escapes from chains, handcuffs, straitjackets and padlocked containers, he was immensely proud of his Masonic affiliations and became a Shriner just before his untimely death.
  • Houston, Sam – American general who became the 2nd & 4th President of the Republic of Texas. When Texas was admitted to the Union, he served as US senator and governor.
  • Humphrey, Hubert H. – US Vice President under Lyndon Johnson.
  • Irvin Tommy – Georgia’s Commissioner of Agriculture and the state’s longest serving official, he is also a Past Grand Master.
  • Irwin, James B. – American astronaut, he was a member of the 4th moon landing team.
  • Ives, Burl – Legendary entertainer and ballad singer.
  • Jackson, Andrew – 7th President of the United States (1829-1837) and first Westerner to be elected President. A national military hero for his actions in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812, His term addressed many of the significant issues in the formation of the country but was marked by political partisanship so common in that time. He left a legacy of a strong presidency. He was Grand Master of Masons in Tennessee two terms (1822-1824).
  • Jackson, Reverend Jesse – Baptist Minister, American civil rights leader and politician. His concerns for the oppressed and his dramatic oratory have attracted a large grassroots constituency called the Rainbow Coalition.
  • Jackson, Robert H. – American Supreme Court Justice and Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Trials.
  • Janos, Paul – Mayor of Tarrytown, NY (2000)
  • Jenner, Edward – English physician and discoverer of small pox vaccine.
  • Johansson, Bengt – Finnish composer.
  • Johnson, Andrew – The 17th President of the United States, he succeeded the assassinated Abraham Lincoln. An attempt to unseat Secretary of War Edwin Stanton led to his impeachment on purely political grounds; he was acquitted by one vote.
  • Johnson, Richard M. – American Vice President under Martin VanBuren
  • Jolson, Al – American vaudeville and film performer, whose trademark became minstrel-style singing in black-face makeup. He starred in ‘The Jazz Singer’, the first important motion ‘talking’ picture with synchronized sound.
  • Jones, Anson – The 5th President of the Republic of Texas.
  • Jones, Frank – Hotel and brewery owner, President of the Boston & Maine Railroad, his hotel hosted the delegates to the conference that ended the Russo-Japanese War. Brother Franklin Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his skills in negotiating at that conference.
  • Jones, John Paul – Scottish born seaman, he became a naval hero and ‘Father of the U. S. Navy’. He later commanded Russian naval ships in their war against the Ottoman Empire.
  • Jones, Melvin – One of the founders of the Lions International, the international service organization.
  • Juarez, Benito – President of Mexico whom some refer to as “the George Washington of Mexico”.
  • Kahn, Gus – Songwriter for Broadway and Hollywood musicals. His songs include “Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye”, “It Had To Be You” and “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby”.
  • Kalakaua, King David – Last monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
  • Kamehameha (s), King (III, IV, and V) – All of whom were Monarchs of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
  • Keating, Kenneth B. – Congressman and Senator from New York, Ambassador to India and then Israel. He died in office in 1975. (Note: this is NOT the Keating of the banking scandals!)
  • Kellar, Harry – America’s premier magician from 1887 to 1908.
  • Kelly, Oliver Hudson – Agrarian reformer and Founder of the Grange.
  • Kemp, Jack – US Republican Congressman from New York, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Vice Presidential candidate with Mason Bob Dole.
  • Key, Francis Scott – American lawyer and poet who wrote the lyrics of which in 1931 became the United States’ National Anthem.
  • Kheraskov, Mikhail – Journalist, publisher and trustee of Moscow University.
  • King, Charles – American biochemist who isolated vitamin C.
  • King, Ernest Joseph – Fleet Admiral, he was Commander-in-Chief of the US Fleet in 1941 and Chief of Naval Operations from 1942-1945.
  • King, Karl L. – One of America’s top four march composers (1891-1971).
  • King, William – First Governor of Maine and first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Maine.
  • King, William Rufus – American Vice President, he died in office. His bust is in the Senate wing of the U S Capitol.
  • Kipling, Rudyard – British writer who won the Nobel Prize for literature. Many of his works have strong Masonic themes and some are specifically about Freemasonry, despite the fact that he was only active in his lodge for a brief period of time.
  • Knox, Major General Henry – US Revolutionary War hero, he was the first Secretary of War under the U.S. Constitution. A Masonic lodge named in his honor was constituted on the gun deck of the USS Constitution (‘Old Ironsides’) in 1926. Knoxville, Tennessee and the famous “Fort Knox” were named in his honor.
  • Kossuth, Lajos (Louis) – Tireless campaigner for Hungarian freedom, he was the first ‘foreigner’ to address the U. S. Congress after Lafayette.
  • Kostiainen, Pekka – Finnish composer.
  • Kresge, Sebastian S. – Founded S. S. Kresge, one of the great Five and Dime Stores. It’s now known as K-Mart.
  • Kutuzov, Mikhail – Russian field marshal who distinguished himself in the wars against Turkey (1770-1774 and 1787-1791) and commanded (1805-1812) the Russian opposition to Napoleon.
  • Ladd, Dr. Joseph – Pioneer in Rhode Island on behalf of the mentally retarded.
  • Lafayette, Marquis de – French soldier and politician, he took part in the American Revolution as a close supporter and friend of Brother George Washington.
  • Lake, Simon – Engineer who built the first submarine to operate successfully in open sea.
  • LaGuardia, Fiorello – American politician, the major airport in New York city is named in his honor.
  • Lamar, Joseph R. – US Supreme Court Justice
  • Lamar, Mirabeau B. – American politician and diplomat, he was the 2nd President of the Republic of Texas and later served as Minister to Nicaragua.
  • Land, Frank S. – In 1919, founded the Order of DeMolay, a fraternal organization for young men aged 12-21. Originally a group of fatherless boys, DeMolay quickly grew and was ‘adopted’ by Freemasonry in the United States. Today DeMolay is international in scope and millions of boys and men still refer to the founder of the Order as “Dad”.
  • Lawrence, J. B. – Vice-president of the Southern Baptist Convention and Secretary-Treasurer of the Home Mission Board for 30 years.
  • Lawton, Henry Ware – US Civil War Medal of Honor winner, he was a Major General at the famous charge of the Rough Riders at San Juan Hill by Bro. Col. Theodore Roosevelt. He was killed in a battle against insurgents in the Philippines and has been honored by them on a postage stamp issued in 1966.
  • Lewis, Meriwether – American soldier and explorer who, with fellow Mason William Clark conducted the first overland exploration of the West and Pacific Northwest. He also served as Governor of the Louisiana Territory and was proclaimed a National Hero. He was the first Master of St. Louis Lodge No. 111.
  • Lincoln, Elmo – First actor to play ‘Tarzan of the Apes’ (1918).
  • Lindbergh, Charles – American aviator who made the first solo transatlantic flight.
  • Lipton, Sir Thomas – British merchant and yacht racer who opened a successful chain of grocery stores in Great Britain and established tea processing factories in England and the US.
  • Livingston, Robert R. – American statesman and diplomat, he was a member of the Continental Congress, was on the committee which drew up the Declaration of Independence and was a co-negotiator for purchase of Louisiana Territory.
  • Lloyd, Harold C. – Entertainer and American silent film actor.
  • Long, Odel Squier – Clerk of the Supreme Court of West Virginia for 30 years.
  • Lott, Trent – US Senator from Mississippi and current (2001) Senator Majority Leader.
  • Loving, Oliver – “Dean of the Texas trail-drivers”. The Goodnight-Loving Trail was named in his honor.
  • Lyons, Theodore A. – Baseball pitcher who struggled to bring credibility back to the shattered Chicago White Sox out of their scandal-ridden period in the early 1900s.