Famous 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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Photo of Douglas MacArthur Douglas MacArthur Military Leaders

American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Philippines Campaign, which made him and his father Arthur MacArthur, Jr., the first father and son to be awarded the medal.…

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 John Marshall John Marshall Supreme Court Justice

Fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1801?1835). His court opinions helped lay the basis for United States constitutional law and made the Supreme Court of the United States a coequal branch of government along with the legislative and executive branches. Previously, Marshall had been a leader of the Federalist Party in Virginia and served in the United States House of Representatives from 1799 to 1800.…

Photo of Thurgood Marshall Thurgood Marshall Supreme Court Justice

Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court?s 96th justice and its first African-American justice.

Photo of Tony Martin Tony Martin Actor, Singer

Alvin Morris, was an American actor and singer who was married to performer Cyd Charisse for 60 years. In films, he was first cast in a number of bit parts, including a role as a sailor in the movie Follow the Fleet (1936), starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. He eventually signed with 20th Century-Fox and then Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in which he starred in a number of musicals.…

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 Charles McCurdy Mathias Jr Charles Mathias Maryland Senator

Republican member of the United States Senate, representing Maryland from 1969 to 1987. He was also a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1959 to 1960, and of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 6th congressional district of Maryland from 1961 to 1969. After studying law and serving in the United States Navy during World War II, Mathias worked as a lawyer and was elected to the state legislature in 1958.…

Photo of Thomas Stanley Matthews Thomas Matthews Supreme Court Justice

Stanley Matthews, was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from May 1881 to his death in 1889. Matthews was the Court?s 46th justice. Before his appointment to the Court by President James A. Garfield, Matthews served as a senator from his home state of Ohio.

Photo of Russell Lowell Maughan Russell Maughan 1st to Fly Cross-Country

An officer in the United States Army and a pioneer aviator. His career began during World War I, and spanned the period in which military aviation developed from a minor arm of the Army Signal Corps to the huge Army Air Forces on the verge of becoming a separate service. Maughan became a pursuit pilot and served in combat in France in 1918 with the United States Army Air Service.…

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 Kenneth Olin Maynard Kenneth Maynard Western Actor

American motion picture stuntman and actor. Maynard was born in Vevay, Indiana, one of five children, another of whom, his lookalike younger brother, Kermit, would also become an actor; most audience members assumed that Kermit was his brother's identical twin. Ken Maynard began working at carnivals and circuses, where he became an accomplished horseman. As a young man, he performed in rodeos and was a trick rider with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.…

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 Richard McBride Richard McBride Premier of British Columbia

British Columbia politician and is often considered the founder of the British Columbia Conservative Party. McBride was first elected to the provincial legislature in the 1898 election, and served in the cabinet of James Dunsmuir from 1900 to 1901. McBride believed that the province's system of non-party government was unstable and hindered development. After the lieutenant-governor appointed him the 16th premier in June 1903 and McBride announced that his government was a Conservative Party administration and would contest the upcoming election along party lines.…

Photo of James McHenry James McHenry Masonic Signers of The Constitution of the United States

Irish-born American statesman. McHenry was a signer of the United States Constitution from Maryland and the namesake of Fort McHenry. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress from Maryland, and the third United States Secretary of War (1796–1800), under the first and second presidents, George Washington, (administration: 1789-1797) and John Adams, (administration: 1797-1801).

Photo of William McKinley William McKinley 25th President

At the 1896 Republican Convention, in time of depression, the wealthy Cleveland businessman Marcus Alonzo Hanna ensured the nomination of his friend William McKinley as "the advance agent of prosperity." The Democrats, advocating the "free and unlimited coinage of both silver and gold"--which would have mildly inflated the currency--nominated William Jennings Bryan. While Hanna used large contributions from eastern Republicans frightened by Bryan's views on silver, McKinley met delegations on his front porch in Canton, Ohio.…

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 Leo Robert Meyer Leo Meyer Football Coaches Hall of Fame

American football, basketball, and baseball player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Texas Christian University from 1934 to 1952, compiling a record of 109?79?13. His TCU Horned Frogs football teams of 1935 and 1938 have been recognized as national champions. Meyer was also the head basketball coach at TCU from 1934 to 1937, tallying a mark of 10?37, and the head baseball coach at TCU (1926?1934, 1945, 1956?1957), amassing a record of 111?83?1.…

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 Sherman Minton Sherman Minton Supreme Court Justice

Democratic United States Senator from Indiana and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Photo of Edgar D Mitchell Edgar Mitchell Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14

(Capt, USN, Ret.), is an American former naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut. As the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14, he spent nine hours working on the lunar surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region, making him the sixth person to walk on the Moon.

Photo of Thomas Edwin Mix Thomas Mix Actor

American film actor and the star of many early Western movies between 1909 and 1935. Mix appeared in 291 films, all but nine of which were silent movies. He was Hollywood?s first Western megastar and is noted as having helped define the genre for all cowboy actors who followed.

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 James Monroe James Monroe 5th President

On New Year's Day, 1825, at the last of his annual White House receptions, President James Monroe made a pleasing impression upon a Virginia lady who shook his hand: "He is tall and well formed. His dress plain and in the old style.... His manner was quiet and dignified. From the frank, honest expression of his eye ...…

Photo of William Henry Moody William Moody Supreme Court Justice

American politician and jurist, who held positions in all three branches of the Government of the United States.

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

Photo of Marion Mitchell Morrison Marion Morrison Actor

Better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director, and producer. An Academy Award-winner, Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. An enduring American icon, he epitomized rugged masculinity and is famous for his demeanor, including his distinctive calm voice, walk, and height. He was also active as a member of the Order of DeMolay.

Photo of Audie Leon Murphy Audie Murphy Medal of Honor

One of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. At the age of 19, Murphy received the Medal of Honor after single-handedly holding off an entire company of German soldiers for an hour at the Colmar Pocket in France in January 1945, then leading a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition.…

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