Famous Business Masons

Many men throughout history have been members of our fraternity.

In these pages we will present you with them and try to impress upon you the great men that have been Masons.

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Leaders of Industry, Founders of Corporations and Inventors

During the Industrial Revolution, a captain of industry was a business leader whose means of amassing a personal fortune contributes positively to the country in some way. This may have been through increased productivity, expansion of markets, providing more jobs, or acts of philanthropy.

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Photo of John Bayne Maclean John Maclean Founded Maclean’s Magazine

Canadian publisher. He founded Maclean?s Magazine, the Financial Post and the Maclean Publishing Company, later known as Maclean-Hunter

Photo of James Wilson Marshall James Marshall Started California Gold Rush

American carpenter and sawmill operator, who reported the finding of gold at Coloma on the American River in California on January 24, 1848, the impetus for the California Gold Rush.

Photo of Hart Almerrin Massey Hart Massey Philanthropist

Canadian businessman and philanthropist born in Haldimand Township (now Alnwick/Haldimand, Ontario) in what was then known as Upper Canada. His parents were Daniel Massey and Lucina Bradley. The doorstep of the original Massey homestead can still be found behind the current farmhouse on the farm, still in the Massey family.

Photo of Louis Burt Mayer Louis Mayer Co-founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Louis B. Mayer, born Lazar Meir, on July 4, 1885, in Minsk, present-day Belarus, was an American film producer and co-founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios (MGM) in 1924

Photo of Charles Horace Mayo Charles Mayo Founder Mayo Clinic

American medical practitioner and was one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic along with his brother, William James Mayo, Augustus Stinchfield, Christopher Graham, E. Star Judd, Henry Stanley Plummer, Melvin Millet and Donald Balfour.

Photo of William James Mayo William Mayo Founder Mayo Clinic

A physician and surgeon in the United States and one of the seven founders of the Mayo Clinic. He and his brother, Charles Horace Mayo, both joined their father?s private medical practice in Rochester, Minnesota, USA, after graduating from medical school in the 1880s. In 1919, that practice became the not-for-profit Mayo Clinic.

Photo of Frederick Louis Maytag I Frederick Maytag I Founded the Maytag Company

F. L. Maytag, founded the Maytag Company, which eventually became the Maytag Corporation which was acquired by the Whirlpool Corporation in 2005

Photo of Robert Samuel McLaughlin Robert McLaughlin Founder General Motors of Canada

Canadian businessman and philanthropist. He started the McLaughlin Motor Car Co. in 1904, one of the first major automobile manufacturers in Canada, which evolved into General Motors of Canada. Born near Bowmanville in the hamlet of Enniskillen, Ontario, the son of Robert McLaughlin, he started working in 1887 for his father's company that opened in 1867, McLaughlin Carriage Works, at one time the largest manufacturer of horse-drawn buggies and sleighs in the British Empire.…

Photo of George Jacob Mecherle George Mecherle Founder of State Farm Insurance

Founder of State Farm Insurance, headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois. Mecherle, a farmer who became an insurance agent also, founded State Farm after becoming dissatisfied with the insurance rates charged to farmers, as those rates included the risks of city drives as well. Mr. Mecherle was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1985.

Photo of Andrew William Mellon Andrew Mellon Co-Founder Carnegie Mellon University

American banker, businessman, industrialist, philanthropist, art collector, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom and United States Secretary of the Treasury from March 4, 1921 to February 12, 1932, from the wealthy Mellon family of Pennsylvania. He and his brother Richard Beatty Mellon and (independently) Andrew Carnegie founded two institutes of higher education that would eventually merge to form Carnegie Mellon University.

Photo of Franz Anton Mesmer Franz Mesmer Founder mesmerism

German physician with an interest in astronomy, who theorised that there was a natural energetic transference that occurred between all animated and inanimate objects that he called animal magnetism, sometimes later referred to as mesmerism. The theory attracted a wide following between about 1780 and 1850, and continued to have some influence until the end of the century.…

Photo of Albert Abraham Michelson Albert Michelson 1st American to receive the Nobel Prize in sciences

American physicist known for his work on the measurement of the speed of light and especially for the Michelson?Morley experiment. In 1907 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics. He became the first American to receive the Nobel Prize in sciences.

Photo of John Molson John Molson Founder Molson Brewery

English-born brewer and entrepreneur in colonial Quebec and Lower Canada. He was the founder of Molson Brewery.

Photo of Rob Morris Rob Morris Founder or O.E.S

Was a prominent American poet and Freemason. He also created the first ritual for what was to become the Order of the Eastern Star.He later served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky

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