Famous Masons

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

There have been many millions of Masons throughout the history of Freemasonry, and while many were leaders in their communities – Freemasonry, after all, emphasizes leadership – most are not household names. Among the rosters of Masons, though, there have been some famous Freemasons.

== Scientists ==

* Sir Edward Victor Appleton (Physicist and winner of the Nobel Prize in 1947)
* Sir Alexander Fleming (Nobel Prize winner in Medicine)
* Antoine Fourcroy (chemistry pioneer)
* Benjamin Franklin (US Inventor and Politician)
* Sir Bernard Spilsbury (British forensic scientist)
* Sir Christopher Wren (British astronomer and geometer)
* Sir Charles Warren ( Archaeologist)
* Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple Computer)

== Artists ==

Many of the artists who were also Masons included elements of Freemasonry in their work:

* Ezra Ames (painter)
* Frederic Bartholdi (Sculptor; sculpted the Statue of Liberty)
* Marc Chagall (Russian artist)
* Gustave Eiffel ( Designer of the Eiffel Tower)
* Félicien Rops (artist)
* Constantin Daniel Rosenthal (Painter)

== Politicians ==

Freemasonry emphasizes leadership, so perhaps it is not surprising that many politicians are Masons. Many royal leaders and US presidents have also been Masons:

* Agustín I (emperor of Mexico)
* José Eloy Alfaro Delgado (President of Ecuador)
* Constantin Argetoianu (Prime Minister of Romania)
* Stephen F. Austin  (The “Father of Texas”)
* Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (Founder of the Republic of Turkey)
* James Buchanan (U.S. President)
* Carol II (King of Romania)
* Sir Winston Churchill
* Francesco Crispi (Prime Minister of Italy)
* Bob Dole
* King Edward VII ( King of Great Britain)
* King Edward VIII (King of Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand)
* Giuseppe Garibaldi (Italian general)
* James A. Garfield (U.S. President)
* King George IV (King of Great Britain)
* King George VI (King of Ceylon, Great Britain, India, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Pakistan)
* Warren G. Harding (U.S. President)
* J. Edgar Hoover
* Andrew Jackson (U.S. President)
* Andrew Johnson (U.S. President)
* David Kalakaua (King of Hawaii)
* Leopold I (King of Belgium)
* Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans
* Sir John A. Macdonald (The first Prime Minister of Canada)
* William McKinley (U.S. President)
* James Monroe (U.S. President)
* James K. Polk ( U.S. President.)
* Franklin Delano Roosevelt (U.S. President)
* Theodore Roosevelt (U.S. President)
* William Howard Taft (U.S. President)
* Harry S Truman (U.S. President)
* George Washington (US President)
* King William IV (King of Great Britain)

== Entertainers and Musicians ==

A surprising number of musicians, composers, and actors have been Masons. Of these, Mozart is perhaps the most famous. He composed a number of musical pieces for use in Masonic lodges.

* William “Bud” Abbott (of the Abbott & Costello comedy troupe)
* Louis Armstrong (musician)
* Thomas Arne (composer; composed Rule Britannia)
* Johann Christian Bach (composer)
* Irving Berlin (composer)
* Eddy Arnold (singer)
* George Cohan (Broadway star)
* Nat King Cole (pianist and singer)
* Cecil B. DeMille (movie maker)
* Duke Ellington (jazz legend)
* Douglas Fairbanks (movie star)
* Sir W S Gilbert (of the famous ‘Gilbert and Sullivan’)
* Burl Ives
* Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (composer, Wrote La Marseillaise)
* Harpo Marx
* Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer)
* Roy Rogers (actor)
* Will Rogers (actor)
* Richard Bernard “Red” Skelton (actor)
* Sir Arthur Sullivan (half of the famous ‘Gilbert and Sullivan’)
* Michael Richards (Actor)
* John Wayne (actor)

== Writers ==

Many writers who were also Freemasons referred to Freemasonry in their works:

* François-Marie Arouet (better known as Voltaire, writer and philosopher)
* James Boswell (writer)
* Robert Burns (poet)
* Cyriel Buysse (Flemish wrtier)
* Nicolas Chamfort
* Charles de Coster (Belgian writer)
* Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (writer of the Sherlock Holmes books)
* Rudyard Kipling (writer)
* Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian (Poet)
* Alexander Pushkin (Russian writer)
* Friedrich Schiller (German Poet)
* Mark Twain (writer)
* Oscar Wilde (writer)

== Others ==

Freemasons truly embody every class, profession and characteristic. From famous folk heroes to sports figures, company founders and inventors, many famous names were also Masons:

* Benedict Arnold (expelled 1781)
* John Jacob Astor (financier)
* Kit Carson (US Adventurer)
* Walter Chrysler (founder of the Chrysler Corporation)
* Tyrus Cobb (baseball star)
* William F. Cody (known as Buffalo Bill)
* Samuel Colt (manufacturer of Colt revolvers)
* Charlie Conacher (Toronto Maple Leaf ice hockey player)
* Davy Crockett (American folk hero and frontiersman)
* Jack Dempsey (heavyweight boxing champion)
* Jean Henri Dunant (founder of the Red Cross and co-winner of the first Nobel Prize
* Henry Ford (founder of the Ford Motor Company)
* Tim Horton (ice hockey star and founder of the Tim Horton’s donut franchise)
* John Molson (founder of the Molson Breweries)
* James Naismith (inventor of basketball)
* Paul Revere (American hero)

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How to join the freemasons?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

You will never be asked to join, you must ask one to be one.

Generally, to be accepted for initiation as a regular Freemason, a candidate must:

  • Be a man who comes of his own free will.
  • Believe in a Supreme Being.
  • Be at least the minimum age 21 years old.
  • Be of good morals, and of good reputation.
  • Be of sound mind and body.
  • Be free-born.
  • Be capable of furnishing one or two references from current Masons.

 

What is a Masonic Lodge?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

A Lodge (often termed a Private Lodge or Constituent Lodge in Masonic constitutions) is the basic organizational unit of Freemasonry. Every new Lodge must have a Warrant or Charter issued by a Grand Lodge, authorizing it to meet and work. Except for the very few “time immemorial” Lodges pre-dating the formation of a Grand Lodge, masons who meet as a Lodge without displaying this document (for example, in prisoner-of-war camps) are deemed “Clandestine” and irregular.

A Lodge must hold regular meetings at a fixed place and published dates. It will elect, initiate and promote its members and officers; it will build up and manage its property and assets, including its minutes and records; and it may own, occupy or share its premises. Like any organisation, it will have formal business to manage its meetings and proceedings, annual general meetings and committees, charity funds, correspondence and reports, membership and subscriptions, accounts and tax returns, special events and catering, and so forth. The balance of activities is individual to each Lodge, and under their common constitutions and forms of procedure, Lodges evolve very distinctive traditions.

A man can only be initiated, or made a Mason, in a Lodge, of which he may often remain a subscribing member for life. A Master Mason can generally visit any Lodge meeting under any jurisdiction in amity with his own, and as well as the formal meeting, a Lodge may well offer hospitality. A visitor should first check the regularity of that Lodge, and must be able to satisfy that Lodge of his own regularity; and he may be refused admission if adjudged likely to disrupt the harmony of the Lodge. If he wishes to visit the same Lodge repeatedly, he may be expected to join it and pay a subscription.

Most Lodges consist of Freemasons living or working within a given town or neighbourhood. Other Lodges are composed of Masons with a particular shared interest, profession or background. Shared schools, universities, military units, Masonic appointments or degrees, arts, professions and hobbies have all been the qualifications for such Lodges. In some Lodges, the foundation and name may now be only of historic interest, as over time the membership evolves beyond that envisaged by its “founding brethren”; in others, the membership remains exclusive.

There are also specialist Lodges of Research, with membership drawn from Master Masons only, with interests in Masonic Research (of history, philosophy, etc.). Lodges of Research are fully warranted but, generally, do not initiate new candidates. Lodges of Instruction in UGLE may be warranted by any ordinary Lodge for the learning and rehearsal of Masonic Ritual.

Freemasons correctly meet as a Lodge, not in a Lodge, the word “Lodge” referring more to the people assembled than the place of assembly. However, in common usage, Masonic premises are often referred to as “Lodges”. Masonic buildings are also sometimes called “Temples” (“of Philosophy and the Arts”). In many countries, Masonic Centre or Hall has replaced Temple. Several different Lodges, as well as other Masonic or non-Masonic organisations, often use the same premises at different times.

According to Masonic tradition, medieval European stonemasons would meet, eat, and shelter outside working hours in a Lodge on the southern side of a building site, where the sun warms the stones during the day. The social Festive Board (or Social Board) part of the meeting is thus sometimes called the South. Early Lodges often met in a tavern or any other convenient fixed place with a private room.

Freemasons vs Masons

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

We are Freemasons, but we also call ourselves Masons.

Facts:

  • Free mason, a Freemasonry member
  • Stone mason, a craftsman in the stone-setting industry
  • Brick mason, a craftsman who lays bricks to construct brickwork