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 Wilson

Former Secretary of Defense
Birthday: July 18, 1890 Deceased: September 26, 1961

Biography

American engineer and businessman who served as United States Secretary of Defense from 1953 to 1957 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Known as “Engine Charlie”, he previously worked as CEO for General Motors. In the wake of the Korean War, he cut the defense budget significantly. Wilson’s nomination sparked a controversy that erupted during his confirmation hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee, based on his large stockholdings in General Motors. Reluctant to sell the stock, valued at the time at more than $2.5 million, Wilson agreed to do so under committee pressure.

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