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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Charles Adams

National Hockey League Developer

Biography

A native of Newport, Charles F. Adams was a successful New England businessman who went on to found the Boston Bruins in 1924, the first American franchise in the National Hockey League. A graduate of Newport High School, Adams’s business career began in his hometown and Springfield, Vermont before moving to the Boston area where he was the founder of the First National Stores grocery chain. An avid sportsman and hockey fan, Adams in 1924 was awarded the Boston franchise in the fledgling National Hockey League, establishing its first team outside of Canada to spread the sport into the United States. He made a risky financial commitment in 1926 to bolstered the Bruins roster by purchasing the entire Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL) for $300,000. Adams added future NHL Hall of Famer Eddie Shore among others to the Bruins and the WCHL talent pool strengthened the other new U.S. franchises in New York, Detroit and Chicago, forever transforming the NHL in the late 1920s and 1930s.

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