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  • Quezon, Manuel L. – First President of the Philippine Senate, first Commonwealth of the Philippines and first Grand Master of Philippine Freemasonry.
  • Quitman, John Anthony – Legislator, Governor or Mississippi and US Congressman, he served as Grand Master of Masons.
  • Rangel, Charles – U.S. Democratic Congressman from New York.
  • Rašín, Dr. Alois – Resistance fighter and Czech Republic economist. The first act of Czech law is in his handwriting. In 1923, Rašín was to become the first Czechoslovak victim of communist terror.
  • Reed, Stanley F. – US Supreme Court Justice (1938-1957).
  • Revere, Paul – American silversmith, engraver and Revolutionary hero who on April 18, 1775 made his famous ride to warn “The British are coming!” as celebrated in a poem by Longfellow. Revere was a Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
  • Richards, Michael – The talented actor most popularly known as “Kramer” from the Seinfeld television series.
  • Richardson, Kermit – Master, The National Grange,
  • Richet, Charles Robert – French physician, physiologist and metaphysician, he was the co-discoverer of the medical phenomenon which he named anaphylaxis and in 1913 received the Nobel Prize for physiology.
  • Rickenbacker, Eddie – American aviator who was the most decorated combat pilot of World War I and later became president of Eastern Airlines.
  • Rickey, Branch – US baseball executive most remembered as the General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he created the ‘farm system’ for developing players and he hired Jackie Robinson to break the ‘color line’ in baseball.
  • Ridgeway, General Matthew B. – US Army Chief of Staff.
  • Ringling Brothers – All 7 of these famous Circus brothers and their father were Masons.
  • Rizal, José – “The George Washington of the Philippines” who was a patriot, poet, novelist, physician, and active Mason. Today one finds monuments to Rizal nearly everywhere in the Republic of the Philippines.
  • Robinson, “Sugar Ray” – American prizefighter and six time world champion (once as a welterweight and five times as a middleweight).
  • Roemer, Buddy (Charles E.) – Louisiana Governor 1988-1992.
  • Rogers, Roy (Leonard Franklin Slye) – “King of the Cowboys”. American singer and actor who played a singing cowboy in motion picture Westerns. Always wearing the white hat, Rogers played the hero who never killed his opponent but rather would shoot him in the hand to wound him. On his grave is proudly displayed the Cross of his faith and his 33rd Degree Masonic emblem.
  • Rogers, Will – Actor and beloved Humorist; noted for his wry, homespun commentary on society and politics.
  • Roman, Charles Lightfoot – Canadian physician, one of the first in the field of industrial medicine, served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge in Canada and apparently was the first African American to head a ‘mainstream’ Grand Lodge in North America (1952).
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. – Governor of New York and 32nd President of the United States, he was the only US president to be reelected three times. He brought his country out of the Great Depression, guided them through World War II and died in office. He was succeeded by another Mason, Harry S.Truman.
  • Roosevelt, Theodore – Hero of the Spanish-American War, Governor of New York, Vice President and when President (and Mason) William McKinley was assassinated, he became the 26th President of the United States. Winner of the Nobel peace prize.
  • Root, Joseph Cullen – “Giant of American Fraternalism” Responsible for the establishment of Modern Woodmen of America and other Woodmen groups.
  • Ross, Edmund G. – United States Senator who cast the one impartial vote of “Not Guilty” thus saving President (and Brother) Andrew Johnson from impeachment and preserving the American system of Constitutional government.
  • Rusk, John W. – Gained national prominence as “Uncle Sam”, he was a regular fixture in any event involving the Nation’s Capitol in his striped pants, top hat and stilts.
  • Russell, Richard B. – US Senator and member of the “Warren Commission” investigating the assassination of President Kennedy.
  • Rutledge, Wiley B. – Supreme Court Justice (1943-1949).
  • Salten, Felix- Creator of Bambi.
  • Saltonstall, Leverett – Three term Governor of Massachusetts and US Senator for 21 years.
  • Sanders, Colonel Harland – Fried chicken magnate, his Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets are found worldwide. He perfected his Original Recipe® of 11 secret herbs and spices in 1939. When he died in 1980, his body laid in state in the Rotunda of the Kentucky State Capital.
  • Sarnoff, David – Russian-born American broadcasting executive, he started as an office worker with Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company, which was later absorbed by the Radio Corporation of America. Rising to the top ranks of RCA, he organized the National Broadcasting Company, the first permanent broadcasting network, as part of RCA.
  • Savalas, Telly – Actor who became famous as the bald police detective who was strong on the outside but gentle inside – and always had a lollypop in his mouth. His brother George was an actor also.
  • Sax, Antoine Joseph – Musician who invented the Saxophone (1846).
  • Sayers, Joseph Drayton “JD” – Methodist Layman, Adjutant General of the Confederate Army, US Congressman and Governor of Texas.
  • Schaefer, Julius Earl – Founded the company which later became Boeing’s Wichita plant and oversaw production of large volumes of aircraft during World War II.
  • Schalk, Ray (Raymond William) – During an 18-year career as a catcher, primarily with the Chicago White Sox, he established many league records for fielding. Nicknamed “Cracker,” he was an honest member of the “Black Sox” club that conspired to lose the 1919 World Series. In 1955 he was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame.
  • Schenck, Joseph – Part of the best-known two-man vaudeville singing team of Van and Schenck.
  • Schirra, Walter M. – Made a “Mason at Sight” by the Grand Master of Masons of Florida. He carried several Masonic items with him on his Apollo 7 flight and was the command pilot on the history-making Gemini 6 flight, which made a rendezvous with the already orbiting Gemini 7 spacecraft, the first rendezvous of two manned, maneuverable spacecraft.
  • Schmitt, George J. – Chicago business magnate.
  • Schoonover, George – Founder of “The Builder”.
  • Schumer, Charles E. – U.S. Congressman from Brooklyn, NY.
  • Scott, Sir Walter – Novelist and poet, his journal is an important record of the times in which he lived.
  • Sciubba, Elvio – Chief Controller, Italian Treasury Department.
  • Seaton, Scott – American film actor. Seen in ‘Joan of Arc’ (1948) and Donovan’s Reef (1963)
  • Sellers, Peter – English actor and comedian, his popularity was unrivalled as the incompetent Inspector Clouseau in a series of films that began with The Pink Panther (1963) and extended beyond his death to The Trail of the Pink Panther (1982). He received an Oscar nomination for ‘Being There’ (1980).
  • Service, Robert W. – Canadian poet among whose works are “The Cremation of Sam McGee”.
  • Sexson, William Mark – Ordained Minister and, in 1922, founded the Order of Rainbow for Girls.
  • Sheffield, James E. – First Black Circuit Court Judge appointed in the City of Richmond, Virginia
  • Sibelius, Jean – Finnish composer whose symphonic poems reflect a romantic and intensely nationalistic approach to music. One of his most famous pieces is the tone poem, Finlandia (1899).
  • Simcoe, John Graves – Hero of the Revolutionary War, Founder of Ontario and Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, Canadians annually celebrate Simcoe Day in August.
  • Simmons, Robert – U. S. House of Representatives 2000. Formerly Connecticut State
  • Representative.
  • Simpson, Russell – Prolific American film actor, he had a long career spanning from 1914 to 1959. ‘Beloved by all who knew him’.
  • Sitter, Carl L. – U. S. Congressional Medal of Honor winner, he was a Marine Corps Company Commander at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir at Hagaru-ri during the Korean War. At the time of his death, he was attending Virginia Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Education and was scheduled to receive his Master of Divinity Degree a month later.
  • Skelton, Red – Entertainer/Comedian/’Clown’/Artist/Mason “Good Night and God Bless” Brother Red will be remembered for countless decades for his hilarious family comedy. When others used obscenities to get a ‘cheap laugh’, he kept high standards and refused to follow. His clown paintings are exceptional pieces of art. His famous “Pledge of Allegiance” talk can be found here.
  • Smith, Joseph – Founder of the Mormon Church.
  • Smith, John Stafford – Composer, and musical scholar, born in England. He wrote vocal music, and the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner’, the US National Anthem.
  • Soboleff, Walter A., Rev. – Tlinglit American Indian, Presbyterian Minister, spiritual, business and community leader in Juneau, Alaska
  • Sousa, John Philip – U.S. Marine Bandleader from 1880 – 1892, he wrote numerous marches including the US’s ‘national march’, “The Stars and Stripes Forever”.
  • Spanos, Alex G. – Owner of the San Diego Chargers professional football team and founder of 10 companies that bears his name, Bro. Spanos is one of the US’s greatest businessmen.
  • Spruill, Lionell – Presently a Member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Served as Grand Master for the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia 1994-1996.
  • Stanford, (Amasa) Leland – Railroad builder and government official; he became governor of California (1861–63) and a founder and president of the Central Pacific Railroad (1863–93). He made a fortune, and, with his wife, founded and endowed Leland Stanford, Jr., University (1885) in memory of their only son (who died in 1884 at age 15). He drove the gold spike linking the US continent’s railroad lines.
  • Stanley, Sir Frederick Arthur – A keen sportsman, he originated the Stanley Cup to encourage winter sports in Canada. Today, it is the most important award in professional hockey given to the team winning the National Hockey League championship.
  • Stassen, Harold E. – Governor of Minnesota (the youngest governor ever elected at the time), he held many positions in government including service in Eisenhower’s cabinet.
  • Stennis, John – United States Senator from Mississippi from 1947 to 1988. Another Mason, Trent Lott, replaced him in this office.
  • Stewart, Potter – Supreme Court Justice (1959-1981).
  • Still, Andrew T. – American physician who devised treatment of Osteopathy.
  • Stotz, Carl E. – Founder of Little League Baseball, he conceived the idea which has grown into the world’s largest organized youth program.
  • Stout, Herald – Rear Admiral & World War II hero, in 1993 a guided missile destroyer was named in his honor (USS Stout – DDG-55).
  • Stratton, Charles – ‘General Tom Thumb’ – American entertainer and circus performer, he reached 3 feet 4 inches in height at maturity.
  • Stimson, Mark – Self-taught real estate agent, he created the largest network of real estate companies in the state of Maine.
  • Stutz, Harry C. – President, Stutz Motor Car Company.
  • de Sucre, Antonio Jose y Alcala – Served as a General under Brother Simon Bolivar in Peru, he became the first President of Bolivia in 1825 and was named President for life. He resigned three years later and while traveling to Ecuador to be installed President of that country, was assassinated. Well known for his liberation efforts of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
  • Sumarkov, Alexandr Petrovich – Russian dramatist and poet. Though largely based on contemporary French models, his plays mark the emergence of Russian theater.
  • Swayne, Noah H. – Supreme Court Justice.
  • Swift, Johathan – Clergyman and satirist, he wrote Gulliver’s Travels.
  • Switzer, Carl “Alfalfa” – Child actor star of the “Little Rascals” series.
  • Symington, Stuart – First Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, he was approved for nomination for high office by the Senate six times without a dissenting vote. He later served as Senator from Missouri.
  • Taft, William Howard – Civil governor of the Philippines, Secretary of War, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court and twenty-seventh President of the U.S.
  • Tea, Richard – Civil War hero and Medal of Honor winner. So conspicuous was his record as a soldier during that War that he was accorded the distinction by Congress of being permitted to enter either the Senate Chambers or the floor of the House and enjoy any privilege of either. He was a long time member and Past Master of Aztlan Lodge No. 4, Prescott, Arizona.
  • Teets, John W. – Chairman and President of Dial Corporation.
  • Thomas, Danny – Entertainer / Founder of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Mr. Thomas often told the story of how physicians at his hospital explained to him the need for a very unique therapy for a patient at St. Jude’s which was only available at a Shrine Hospital. Mr. Thomas told the doctors to proceed with the treatment, regardless of the cost. When he was advised that there would be no cost, Mr. Thomas was shocked and vowed to find out more about this organization. Shortly thereafter, he petitioned and became a Mason. Prior to his death, he was featured in videos and wrote articles praising the good works of Freemasonry.
  • Thomas, Dave – Founder of the very popular Wendy’s Restaurants, publicly he was the grandfatherly star of commercials. Both privately and publicly, however, he did extensive work promoting the cause of orphans, something he had been in his own youth. The hamburgers at Wendy’s are square as a reminder of Dave’s motto: “Never cut corners.” Dave was active in the Scottish Rite Philanthropies including their Children’s Hospital program. His mentor in the restaurant business was another Mason, Col. Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame.
  • Thomas, Isaiah – Firebrand of the American Revolution, he served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
  • Thomas, Lowell – American radio commentator during both World Wars and broadcast a nightly news program for over 45 years (1930-1976). He wrote and lectured widely on his travel adventures and brought Lawrence of Arabia to public notice.
  • Thorvaldsen, Bertel – Noted Danish sculptor.
  • Thurmond, J. M. – Mayor of Dallas, Texas 1879-1880.
  • Thurmond, Strom – The longest serving United States Senator.
  • Thurston, Howard – Top magician in the U.S. from 1908 until his death in 1936.
  • Tillis, Mel (Lonnie Melvin) – Country and Western performer of renown. Coins tossed into the fountain of the Mel Tillis Theatre in Branson, Missouri are divided equally between the Scottish Rite’s Childhood Language Disorders Program and the Shrine’s Hospitals.
  • Todd, Thomas – Supreme Court Justice (1807-1826).
  • Tompkins, Daniel D. – Vice President of the United States, his bust is in the Senate wing of the U.S. Capitol.
  • Trachtenberg, Stephen J. – President, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • Travis, Colonel William B. – American military leader who commanded the Texans who died in the defense of the Alamo.
  • Trimble, Robert – Supreme Court Justice.
  • Truett, George W. – Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Dallas (1897-1944), President of the Southern Baptist Convention; President of the Baptist World Alliance.
  • Truman, Harry S. – A U. S. Senator from Missouri (1935-45), his personal integrity helped him get reelected in 1940 despite the exposure of the Missouri machine’s corruption. He came to national attention heading what was called the Truman Committee, which investigated government wartime production and saved taxpayers millions of dollars. He became vice-president in 1944. Truman became the thirty-third President of the United States with the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, another Mason; he would go on to win a close election in 1948. The most active Mason to hold the highest office in the United States.