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 Royal Dano Royal Dano Voice of Abe Lincoln

Born in New York and drawn to the theatre from his youth, Dano was a tall and rugged supporting actor with piercing blue eyes and deep resonant voice. His career spanned the years from 1950 to 1993. He appeared in over 80 feature films including ?The Red Badge of Courage?, ?Moby Dick?, ?The Trouble With Harry?, ?King Of Kings?, ?The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid?, ?Electra Glide in Blue?, The Outlaw Josie Wales?…

Photo of Jonathan Dayton Jonathan Dayton Signer of Constitution

American politician from the U.S. state of New Jersey. He was the youngest person to sign the United States Constitution and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving as the fourth Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and later the U.S. Senate. Dayton was arrested in 1807 for treason in connection with Aaron Burr?s conspiracy, he was never put on trial, but his national political career never recovered.

Photo of Charles Deal Charles Deal 3rd Baseman Detroit Tigers

Professional baseball player who played third base in the Major Leagues from 1912 to 1921. He would play for the Chicago Cubs, Boston Braves, St. Louis Browns, St. Louis Terriers, and Detroit Tigers. In 1914, Deal was a member of the Braves team that went from last place to first place in two months, becoming the first team to win a pennant after being in last place on the Fourth of July.…

Photo of Benedict DeBar Benedict DeBar Actor

Prominent American actor-manager. He is associated with operating a major theater in St. Louis, and for portraying the role of Falstaff. He was also connected by marriage with the Booth family of actors.

Photo of Don Defore Don Defore Actor

American film, radio, and television actor. DeFore is best known as Erskin ?Thorny? Thornberry, the Nelson family?s neighbor on the long running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and as George ?Mr. B.? Baxter on the 1960s sitcom Hazel. From 1961 to 1965, DeFore was a co-star of the television series Hazel as ?Mr. B.?…

Photo of Cecil B DeMille Cecil DeMille Movie Producer

American filmmaker. Between 1913 and 1956, he made seventy features, both silent and sound films. He is acknowledged as a founding father of the Hollywood film industry, the most commercially successful producer-director in cinema history. DeMille began his career as a stage actor in 1900. He later moved to writing and directing stage productions, some with Jesse Lasky, who was then a vaudeville producer.…

Photo of Jack Dempsey Jack Dempsey Boxer

Known as ?Kid Blackie? and ?The Manassa Mauler?, was an American professional boxer, who became a cultural icon of the 1920s. Dempsey held the World Heavyweight Championship from 1919 to 1926, and his aggressive style and exceptional punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Many of his fights set financial and attendance records, including the first million-dollar gate.…

Photo of John Theophilus Desaguliers John Desaguliers Philosopher

French-born British natural philosopher, clergyman, engineer and freemason who was elected to the Royal Society in 1714 as experimental assistant to Isaac Newton.

Photo of William Desmond William Desmond Silent Screen Actor

Irish-born American actor. He appeared in 205 films between 1915 and 1948. He was nicknamed ?The King of the Silent Serials.? Born William Mannion in Dublin, Ireland, he was raised in New York City. He later changed his surname to a stage name. He started out in vaudeville and the legitimate stage before making his film debut.…

Photo of Willis Van Devanter Willis Devanter Supreme Court Justice

Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, January 3, 1911 to June 2, 1937. On February 4, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt nominated Van Devanter to a seat on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals created by 32 Stat. 791. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 18, 1903, and received his commission the same day.

Photo of Thomas Dewey Thomas Dewey Lawyer

Dewey earned a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He has been a member of Dewey, Devlin, Metz & King LLC, which helped to co-found, since 1994

Photo of Porfirio Diaz Porfirio Diaz Mexican President

Mexican soldier and politician, who served seven terms as President of Mexico, totaling three and a half decades between 1876 and 1911. A veteran of the Reform War and the French intervention in Mexico, Díaz rose to the rank of General, leading republican troops against the French-imposed Emperor Maximilian. Seizing power in a coup in 1876, Díaz and his allies ruled Mexico for the next thirty-five years, a period known as the Porfiriato.

Photo of James Cecil Dickens James Dickens Country Music Hall of Fame

James Cecil Dickens, better known as Little Jimmy Dickens, was an American country music singer famous for his humorous novelty songs, his small size, 4?11? (150 cm), and his rhinestone-studded outfits (which he is given credit for introducing into country music live performances). He started as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983.…

Photo of John Dickinson John Dickinson Signer of the Constitution

Founding Father of the United States, was a solicitor and politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware known as the ?Penman of the Revolution? for his twelve Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, published individually in 1767 and 1768. As a member of the First Continental Congress, where he was a signee to the Continental Association, Dickinson drafted most of the 1774 Petition to the King, and then as a member of the Second Continental Congress wrote the 1775 Olive Branch Petition, two attempts to negotiate with King George III of Great Britain.…

Photo of John Diefenbaker John Diefenbaker Canadian Prime Minister

13th Prime Minister of Canada, serving from June 21, 1957, to April 22, 1963. He was the only Progressive Conservative (PC or Tory) party leader between 1930 and 1979 to lead the party to an election victory, doing so three times, although only once with a majority of seats in the Canadian House of Commons. Diefenbaker was born in southwestern Ontario in 1895.…

Photo of Melvin Diemer Melvin Diemer Noted Naturalist Photographer

Diemer served, on a piece-work contract basis, as the University Photographer and/or Director of the Photographic Laboratory from 1920 to 1932. His lab and three assistants were housed in the Old Soils Building. In addition to providing various photographic services to university faculty and departments, Diemer operated a commercial photographic business from the same facilities.

Photo of David Dockendorf David Dockendorf Movie Sound Technician

American sound engineer. He was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Sound Recording for the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. He worked on 100 films between 1958 and 1990.

Photo of Henry Dodge Henry Dodge Senator

Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, Territorial Governor of Wisconsin and a veteran of the Black Hawk War. His son was Augustus C. Dodge with whom he served in the U.S. Senate, the first, and so far only, father-son pair to serve concurrently. Henry Dodge was the half brother of Lewis F.…

Photo of Robert Dole Robert Dole Senator

American politician who represented Kansas in the United States Senate from 1969 to 1996 and in the House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969. In the 1976 presidential election, Dole was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President and incumbent President Gerald Ford?s running mate. In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Dole and Secretary Donna Shalala as co-chairs of the commission to investigate problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.…

Photo of Jimmy Dolittle Jimmy Dolittle Medal of Honor

American aviation pioneer. Doolittle served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid while a Lieutenant Colonel.

Photo of Brian Donlevy Brian Donlevy Actor

Waldo Brian Donlevy, later known as Brian Donlevy, was an American actor, noted for playing dangerous tough guys from the 1930s to the 1960s. He usually appeared in supporting roles. Among his best-known films are Beau Geste (1939) and The Great McGinty (1940). For his role as Sergeant Markoff in Beau Geste he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.…

Photo of William Orville Douglas William Douglas Supreme Court Justice

Served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Douglas was confirmed at the age of 40, one of the youngest justices appointed to the court. His term, lasting 36 years and 209 days (1939?75), is the longest term in the history of the Supreme Court.…

Photo of William Dow William Dow President Dow Chemical

Herbert?s son, assumed control of the company. Under new leadership, the company continued to lead chemical production in the United States. William Dow?s major achievement, during his tenure as company president, was to extract bromine and other chemicals from seawater. In the year 2000, Dow Chemical was the fifth largest chemical firm in the world.

Photo of Edwin Laurentine Drake Edwin Drake Oil Driller

Also known as Colonel Drake, was an American oil driller, popularly credited with being the first to drill for oil in the United States.

Photo of William Claude Dukenfield William Dukenfield Actor

Better known as W. C. Fields, was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer. Fields?s comic persona was a misanthropic and hard-drinking egotist, who remained a sympathetic character despite his snarling contempt for dogs and children. His career in show business began in vaudeville, where he attained international success as a silent juggler. He gradually incorporated comedy into his act, and was a featured comedian in the Ziegfeld Follies for several years.…

Photo of Orville Dull Orville Dull Academy Award winning Producer

American producer, director, production manager and assistant director. He was best known for his films produced for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Dull was nominated during the 6th Academy Awards for the short lived Best Assistant Director category and won during the 1948 Oscars for the film The Secret Land in the category of Best Documentary  He worked on over 40 films from 1925 to 1951

Photo of John Duncan Sr John Duncan 3 time Mayor Knoxville, Tenn

American attorney and Republican politician who represented Tennessee’s 2nd Congressional District in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1965 until his death in 1988.[1] He also served as Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, from 1959 to 1964, and as assistant attorney general of Knox County, from 1948 until 1956. He is the father of Congressman Jimmy Duncan, who currently represents the 2nd District.

Photo of John Duncan Jr John Duncan Congressman Knoxville, Tenn

Representative for Tennessee’s 2nd congressional district, serving since 1988. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district is based in Knoxville. He was first elected to Congress in 1988, in a special election to succeed his late father, John Duncan, Sr. and elected to the seat for a full term in his own right the same day.…