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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Members on this page are Explorers and Frontiersmen

Pioneers Explorers Frontiersmen of the Wild West  They were the first!  Explorers and frontiersmen discovering and exploring vast regions of the west, known only to the Indians.  Leaving civilization behind and traveling where ever the river or next mountain ridge might take them.   Pioneers followed in their footsteps seeking opportunity, conversion of the Indians, and gold

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Photo of Stephen Fuller Austin Stephen Austin Explorer

American empresario born in Virginia and raised in southeastern Missouri. Known as the Father of Texas, he led the second, and ultimately successful, colonization of the region by bringing 300 families from the United States to the region in 1825. In addition, he worked with the Mexican government to support immigration from the United States.

Photo of Bernt Balchen Bernt Balchen Aviator

A pioneer polar aviator, navigator, aircraft mechanical engineer and military leader. A Norwegian native, he later became a U.S. citizen, and was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross. His service in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II made use of his Arctic exploration expertise to help the Allies over Scandinavia and Northern Europe.…

Photo of Christopher Houston Carson Christopher Carson Frontiersman

American frontiersman. The few paying jobs he had during his lifetime included mountain man (fur trapper), wilderness guide, Indian agent, and American Army officer. Carson became a frontier legend in his own lifetime via biographies and news articles. Exaggerated versions of his exploits were the subject of dime novels. Carson left home in rural present-day Missouri at age 16 to become a mountain man and trapper in the West.…

Photo of William Clark William Clark American explorer

American explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and territorial governor. A native of Virginia, he grew up in prestatehood Kentucky before later settling in what became the state of Missouri. Clark was a planter and slaveholder. Along with Meriwether Lewis, Clark helped lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803 to 1806 across the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific Ocean, and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States.…

Photo of David Stern Crockett David Crockett American folk hero

19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture by the epithet ?King of the Wild Frontier?. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, served in the Texas Revolution, and died at the Battle of the Alamo. Crockett grew up in East Tennessee, where he gained a reputation for hunting and storytelling.…

Photo of James Kinnaird James Kinnaird Explorers and Frontiersmen

Scottish traveller and travel writer who spent more than a dozen years in North Africa and Ethiopia, where he traced the origins of the Blue Nile.

Photo of Henry Asbj?rn Larsen Henry Larsen Canadian Arctic Explorer

Canadian Arctic explorer. Larsen was born in Norway, like his hero, Roald Amundsen. Like Amundsen, he became a seaman. Larsen immigrated to Canada, and became a British citizen in 1927 (Canadian citizen in 1947). In 1928, he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Photo of Meriwether Lewis Meriwether Lewis Explorers and Frontiersmen

American explorer, soldier, politician, and public administrator, best known for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery, with William Clark. Their mission was to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase, establish trade with, and sovereignty over the natives near the Missouri River, and claim the Pacific Northwest and Oregon Country for the United States before European nations.…

Photo of Robert Edwin Peary, Sr Robert Peary, Sr Explorers and Frontiersmen

American explorer who claimed to have reached the geographic North Pole with his expedition on April 6, 1909. Peary?s claim was widely credited for most of the 20th century, rather than the competing claim by Frederick Cook, who said he got there a year earlier. Modern historians generally think Cook did not reach the pole. Based on an evaluation of Peary?s records, Wally Herbert (also a polar explorer) concluded in a 1989 book that Peary did not reach the pole, although he may have been as close as 60 miles (97 km).…

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