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 William Francis Raborn Jr William Raborn Military Leaders

United States Navy officer, the leader of the project to develop the Polaris missile system, and the 7th Director of Central Intelligence as well as the 5th Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Photo of Brazilla Carroll Reece Brazilla Reece Tennessee Congressman

American politician from Tennessee. He served in the United States House of Representatives for all but six years from 1921 to 1961. In 1920, Reece won the Republican nomination for Tennessee's 1st Congressional District, based in the Tri-Cities region in the northeastern part of the state. The region had voted not to secede at the state convention in 1861.…

Photo of Stanley Forman Reed Stanley Reed Supreme Court Justice

American attorney who served as United States Solicitor General from 1935 to 1938 and as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1938 to 1957. He was the last Supreme Court Justice who did not graduate from law school (though Justice Robert H. Jackson, who served from 1941 to 1954, was the last such justice appointed to the Supreme Court).

Photo of Paul Revere Paul Revere Paul Revere?s Ride

American silversmith, engraver, early industrialist, and a patriot in the American Revolution. He is most famous for alerting the Colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, as dramatized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow?s poem, ?Paul Revere?s Ride?.

Photo of Norman Blann Rice Norman Rice First Afro-American Mayor of Seattle, Washington

49th mayor of Seattle, Washington, serving two terms from 1989-1997. Rice was Seattle's first and, as of 2015, only African-American mayor.

Photo of Michael Anthony Richards Michael Richards Actor

American actor, writer and television producer, best known for his portrayal of Cosmo Kramer on the television sitcom Seinfeld, for which he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series three times.

Photo of Edward Vernon Rickenbacker Edward Rickenbacker Medal of Honor

American fighter ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient. With 26 aerial victories, he was America's most successful fighter ace in the war. He was also a race car driver and automotive designer, a government consultant in military matters and a pioneer in air transportation, particularly as the longtime head of Eastern Air Lines.

Photo of Albert Ringling Albert Ringling Ringling Brothers Circus

Born 1952 - Died 1916 The sons of German-born harness maker August Rüngeling, the Ringling brothers founded the Ringling Brothers Circus in 1884. Conceived by Albert and headed by John, August T. had little involvement in the circus. They were all members of Baraboo Lodge No. 34 in Baraboo Wisconsin. The minutes of a special meeting on April 8, 1891 show the regular officers opening the lodge then the following taking the chairs: WM: Af T.…

Photo of Alfred Theodore Ringling Alfred Ringling Ringling Brothers Circus

Born 1861 - Died 1919 He was a juggler. He had a son Richard Ringling. He also had a granddaughter Mabel Ringling who married Richard Durant, an elephant trainer. The sons of German-born harness maker August Rüngeling, the Ringling brothers founded the Ringling Brothers Circus in 1884. Conceived by Albert and headed by John, August T.…

Photo of Augustus Gustav Ringling Augustus Ringling Ringling Brothers Circus

Born 1854 - Died 1907 The sons of German-born harness maker August Rüngeling, the Ringling brothers founded the Ringling Brothers Circus in 1884. Conceived by Albert and headed by John, August T. had little involvement in the circus. They were all members of Baraboo Lodge No. 34 in Baraboo Wisconsin. The minutes of a special meeting on April 8, 1891 show the regular officers opening the lodge then the following taking the chairs: WM: Af T.…

Photo of Charles Ringling Charles Ringling Ringling Brothers Circus

One of the Ringling brothers, who owned the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was in charge of production and greatly admired by the employees, who called him "Mr. Charlie" and sought his advice and help even for personal problems. The sons of German-born harness maker August Rüngeling, the Ringling brothers founded the Ringling Brothers Circus in 1884.…

Photo of Henry Ringling Henry Ringling Ringling Brothers Circus

The sons of German-born harness maker August Rüngeling, the Ringling brothers founded the Ringling Brothers Circus in 1884. Conceived by Albert and headed by John, August T. had little involvement in the circus. They were all members of Baraboo Lodge No. 34 in Baraboo Wisconsin. The minutes of a special meeting on April 8, 1891 show the regular officers opening the lodge then the following taking the chairs: WM: Af T.…

Photo of John Nicholas Ringling John Ringling

The most well-known of the seven Ringling brothers, five of whom merged the Barnum & Bailey Circus with their own Ringling Brothers Circus to create a virtual monopoly of traveling circuses and helped shape the circus into what it is today. He was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 1987. Ringling's brother Otto died unexpectedly in 1911, and Al died in 1916.…

Photo of Otto Ringling Otto Ringling Ringling Brothers Circus

American Circusman, businessman, and the third oldest of the Ringling brothers. He was the co-founder of the Ringling Brothers Circus, which eventually became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was called the "Lieutenant General" of the Ringling family. Upon his death, the New York Times described him as "a man of great ideas and ambition, and an executive of force and character." He was nicknamed "The King" in the circus business.…

Photo of Daniel Roberdeau Daniel Roberdeau Masonic Signers of The Articles of Confederation

American merchant residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the time of the American War of Independence. He represented Pennsylvania from 1777 to 1779 in the Continental Congress. Roberdeau served as a brigadier general in the Pennsylvania state militia during the war. He was a signer of the Articles of Confederation.

Photo of Sugar Ray Robinson Sugar Robinson Boxing Champion

American professional boxer. Frequently cited as the greatest boxer of all time, Robinson's performances in the welterweight and middleweight divisions prompted sportswriters to create "pound for pound" rankings, where they compared fighters regardless of weight. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

Photo of James Charles Rodgers James Rodgers Father of Country Music

American country singer in the early 20th century, known most widely for his rhythmic yodeling. Among the first country music superstars and pioneers, Rodgers was also known as "The Singing Brakeman", "The Blue Yodeler", and "The Father of Country Music".

Photo of Abelardo Rodríguez Abelardo Rodríguez Mexican President

Interim president of Mexico from 1932–1934. He completed the term of Pascual Ortiz after his resignation.

Photo of Roy Rogers Roy Rogers Musician

American singer and cowboy actor who was one of the most popular Western stars of his era. Known as the ?King of the Cowboys?, he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. In many of his films and television episodes, he appeared with his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino Trigger, and his German Shepherd dog Bullet.…

Photo of William Penn Adair Rogers William Rogers Musician

Part Native American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, social commentator and motion picture actor. He was one of the world?s most famous stars in the 1920s and 1930s. Known as ?Oklahoma?s Favorite Son?, Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee Nation family in Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma)

Photo of Charles Rolston Charles Rolston Creator of the Service Station

In June of 1908 the first gasoline station in Canada and, allegedly in the world, was opened in Vancouver on the southwest corner of Smythe and Cambie streets. The creation of Gizeh Shriner Charles M. Rolston, who received his degree's in Acacia Lodge in 1902, and Major James S. Mathews, a member of Western Gate Lodge.…

Photo of Franklin D Roosevelt Franklin Roosevelt 32nd President

Assuming the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves. He brought hope as he promised prompt, vigorous action, and asserted in his Inaugural Address, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Born in 1882 at Hyde Park, New York--now a national historic site--he attended Harvard University and Columbia Law School.…

Photo of Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt 26th President

With the assassination of President McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, not quite 43, became the youngest President in the Nation's history. He brought new excitement and power to the Presidency, as he vigorously led Congress and the American public toward progressive reforms and a strong foreign policy. He took the view that the President as a "steward of the people" should take whatever action necessary for the public good unless expressly forbidden by law or the Constitution." I did not usurp power," he wrote, "but I did greatly broaden the use of executive power." Roosevelt's youth differed sharply from that of the log cabin Presidents.…

Photo of Edmund Gibson Ross Edmund Ross United States Senators

Politician who represented Kansas after the American Civil War and was later governor of the New Mexico Territory. His vote against convicting President Andrew Johnson of “high crimes and misdemeanors” allowed Johnson to stay in office by the margin of one vote. As the seventh of seven Republican U.S. Senators to break with his party, Ross proved to be the person whose decision would result in conviction or acquittal.…

Photo of Pascual Ortiz Rubio Pascual Rubio Mexican President

Mexican politician and the President of Mexico from 1930 to 1932. He was born in Morelia, Michoacán, as the son of Pascual Ortiz de Ayala y Huerta and Lenor Rubio Cornelis. He served as president from 1930 to 1932, having previously served as Governor of Michoacán from 1917 to 1918 and as secretary of communications from 1920 to 1921.…

Photo of Wiley Blount Rutledge Jr Wiley Rutledge Supreme Court Justice

American educator, lawyer, and justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1943?1949).

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