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 Harland David Sanders Harland Sanders Founder Kentucky Fried Chicken

American businessman, best known for founding Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), and later acting as the company?s goodwill ambassador and symbol.

Photo of David Sarnoff David Sarnoff Founder RCA

American businessman and pioneer of American radio and television. Throughout most of his career he led the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in various capacities from shortly after its founding in 1919 until his retirement in 1970.

Photo of Aristotelis Savalas Aristotelis Savalas Actor

Greek-American film and television actor and singer, whose career spanned four decades. Perhaps best known for playing the title role in the 1970s crime drama Kojak, Savalas was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Birdman of Alcatraz (1962).

Photo of Antoine Joseph Sax Antoine Sax Inventor Saxophone

Belgian musical instrument designer and musician who played the flute and clarinet, and is well known for having invented the saxophone. He also invented the saxotromba, saxhorn and saxtuba.

Photo of Julius Earl Schaefer Julius Schaefer CEO Boeing

As a young man, Brother Schaefer yearned to fly. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1917, was assigned to the 46th Infantry, and was detailed from it to the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps (predecessor of today?s U.S. Air Force). He received his training at the University of Texas, Kelly Field, and Post Field at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.…

Photo of Walter Marty Schirra, Jr. Walter Schirra, Jr. Astronaut

American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and one of the original seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury, America’s first effort to put humans in space. He flew the six-orbit, nine-hour Mercury-Atlas 8 mission on October 3, 1962, becoming the fifth American, and the ninth human, to ride a rocket into space. In the two-man Gemini program, he achieved the first space rendezvous, station-keeping his Gemini 6A spacecraft within 1 foot (30 cm) of the sister Gemini 7 spacecraft in December 1965.…

Photo of George Schoonover George Schoonover Founder (The Builder)

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Photo of Louis Sekora Louis Sekora Member of Parlaiment

Born in Hafford, Saskatchewan, Sekora served as mayor of Coquitlam, British Columbia, from 1983 to 1997. He was first elected to city council in 1972. A series of acting mayors replaced him, eventually followed by Jon Kingsbury who served from 1998 to 2005. Sekora resigned to run in a 1998 by-election and was elected to the House of Commons of Canada as a candidate of the Liberal Party of Canada, representing the riding of Port Moody?Coquitlam.…

Photo of Kenneth W Self Kenneth Self CEO Freightliner Corporation

Ken Self was a prime mover in the development and growth of Freightliner from a small group of engineers and mechanics to a leading North American heavy-duty truck manufacturer,” said Rainer Schmueckle, president and CEO of Freightliner. “Our company is what it is today largely thanks to Ken’s leadership. Ken will be missed by his many friends at Freightliner, in the trucking industry and in the Pacific Northwest.…

Photo of Peter Sellers Peter Sellers Actor

British film actor, comedian and singer. He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, featured on a number of hit comic songs and became known to a world-wide audience through his many film characterizations, among them Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series of films.

Photo of Walter A Sheaffer Walter Sheaffer Founder Sheaffer Pen Company

American inventor and businessman who developed the first commercially successful lever-filling fountain pen and founded the W.A. Sheaffer Pen Company.

Photo of Jackie Wayne Sherrill Jackie Sherrill Football Coach, Mississippi State

American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Washington State University (1976), the University of Pittsburgh (1977?1981), Texas A&M University (1982?1988), and Mississippi State University (1991?2003), compiling a career college football record of 180?120?4. Sherrill is currently a studio analyst for Fox Sports Net’s college football coverage and a writer for Texags.com all the while being a leading member of #TheNetwork.

Photo of William G Sizemore II William Sizemore Navy Admiral

USN, Retired, son of the Grand Executive Director, RADM William G. “Gene” Sizemore, 33°, GC, USN, Retired. “Admiral Bill” reported for duty in December, with a calm, unassuming presence that belied the depth of his abilities. He brings with him years of practical leadership in the US Navy plus an MBA from the College of William and Mary-a combination of hands-on experience and business skills that will serve the Supreme Council well.

Photo of Richard Bernard Skelton Richard Skelton Actor

American entertainer best known for his national radio and television acts between 1937 and 1971 and as host of the television program The Red Skelton Show. Skelton, who has stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in radio and television, also appeared in vaudeville, films, nightclubs, and casinos, all while he pursued an entirely separate career as an artist.…

Photo of Harry Clement Sketchley Harry Sketchley White Sox Outfielder

Right fielder in Major League Baseball. He played for the Chicago White Sox.

Photo of Joseph Roberts Smallwood Joseph Smallwood Last Founder of Confederation – Canada

He was the main force that brought the then Dominion of Newfoundland into the Canadian confederation in 1949, becoming the first Premier of Newfoundland, serving until 1972. As premier, he vigorously promoted economic development, championed the welfare state, and emphasized modernization of education and transportation. Smallwood abandoned his youthful socialism and collaborated with bankers, turning against the militant unions that sponsored numerous strikes.…

Photo of Jonathan Bayard Smith Jonathan Smith Masonic Signers of The Articles of Confederation

American merchant from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He served as a delegate for Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress in 1777 and 1778. Smith was a signatory to the Articles of Confederation.

Photo of John Phillip Sousa John Sousa Musician

American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era, known primarily for American military and patriotic marches. Because of his mastery of march composition, he is known as “The March King” or the “American March King” due to his British counterpart Kenneth J. Alford also being known by the former nickname. Among his best-known marches are “The Liberty Bell”, “The Thunderer”, “The Washington Post”, “Semper Fidelis” (Official March of the United States Marine Corps), and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” (National March of the United States of America).

Photo of Alexander Gus Spanos Alexander Spanos Owner San Diego Chargers

American real estate developer and self-made billionaire who founded the A. G. Spanos Companies and owns the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL).

Photo of Tristram E Speaker Tristram Speaker Baseball Player

?The Grey Eagle?, was an American baseball player. Considered one of the best offensive and defensive center fielders in the history of Major League Baseball (MLB), he compiled a career batting average of .345 (sixth all-time). His 792 career doubles represent an MLB career record. His 3,514 hits are fifth in all-time hits list. Defensively, Speaker holds career records for assists, double plays, and unassisted double plays by an outfielder.…

Photo of Thomas Patten Stafford Thomas Stafford Astronaunt

Lt Gen, USAF, Ret. is an American former Air Force officer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. He flew aboard two Gemini space flights; and in 1969 was the Commander of Apollo 10, the second manned mission to orbit the Moon and the first to fly a Lunar Module there.

In 1975, Stafford was Commander of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project flight, the first joint U.S.-Soviet space mission.…

Photo of Frank Stallone Frank Stallone Singer/Actor

American actor, singer/guitarist and songwriter. He is the younger brother of Sylvester Stallone.

Photo of Amasa Leland Stanford Amasa Stanford Founder of Stanford University

American tycoon, industrialist, politician and founder of Stanford University. Migrating to California from New York at the time of the Gold Rush, he became a successful merchant and wholesaler, and continued to build his business empire. He served one two-year term as governor of California after his election in 1861, and later eight years as senator from the state.…

Photo of Frederick Arthur Stanley Frederick Stanley Lord Stanley of Preston

Frederick Stanley until 1886 and as Lord Stanley of Preston between 1886 and 1893, was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom who served as Colonial Secretary from 1885 to 1886 and the sixth Governor General of Canada from 1888 to 1893. An avid sportsman, he built Stanley House Stables in England, and is most famous for presenting the Stanley Cup in Canada.…

Photo of Bryan Bartlett Starr Bryan Starr Football Player

American football player and coach. He wore #15 and he was the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers from 1956 to 1971, during which time he became the only quarterback in NFL history to lead a team to five championships (1961?62, 1965?67) as well as Super Bowls I and II. He was less successful as the Packers?…

Photo of Ray Stevens Ray Stevens Musician

Harold Ray Ragsdale Known professionally as Ray Stevens, is an American country and pop singer-songwriter and comedian. Ray Stevens was born Harold Ray Ragsdale in Clarkdale, Georgia on January 24, 1939. Clarkdale was a small cotton mill town twenty miles north of Atlanta. Ray?s early influences came from the radio and the jukebox at the village swimming pool where Ray and most kids spent their summers.…

Photo of Potter Stewart Potter Stewart Supreme Court Justice

Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. During his tenure, he made, among other areas, major contributions to criminal justice reform, civil rights, access to the courts, and Fourth Amendment jurisprudence.

Photo of Andrew Taylor Still Andrew Still The founder of Osteopathy

The founder of osteopathy and osteopathic medicine. He was also a physician and surgeon, author, inventor and Kansas territorial and state legislator. He was one of the founders of Baker University, the oldest four-year college in the state of Kansas, and was the founder of the American School of Osteopathy (now A.T. Still University), the world?s first osteopathic medical school, in Kirksville, Missouri.

Photo of Richard Stockton Richard Stockton Masonic Signers of Declaration of Independence

Charter Master of St. John’s Lodge in Princeton NJ 1765

American lawyer, jurist, legislator, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

In 1776, Stockton was elected to the Second Continental Congress, where he took a very active role. That August, when elections were held for the state governments of the new nation, Stockton and William Livingston each received the same number of votes to be the Governor of New Jersey on the first ballot.…

Photo of Louis Stokes Louis Stokes Ohio Congressman

Democratic politician from Ohio. He served in the United States House of Representatives. Stokes’ tenure in the House of Representatives included service on the House Appropriations Committee, where he was influential in bringing revenue to Cleveland. He was particularly interested in veterans’ issues and secured funds for health-care facilities for veterans in Cleveland. In the 1970s, Stokes served as Chairman of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, charged with investigating the murders of President John F.…

Photo of Charles Sherwood Stratton Charles Stratton Actor

General Tom Thumb was the stage name of Charles Sherwood Stratton, a dwarf who achieved great fame as a midget performer under circus pioneer P.T. Barnum. Stratton became a Freemason on October 3, 1862. Stratton, by now 2 feet 11 inches (89 cm) tall, was Initiated with a man 6 feet 3 inches (191 cm)

Photo of Harry C Stutz Harry Stutz Creator of the Famous Stutz Bearcat

United States automobile entrepreneur, engineer, and innovator in the automobile industry. Stutz was born in 1876 to John and Wilma Stutz, on a farm a few miles outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. Stutz grew up caring for and repairing agricultural machinery on the family farm. Automobiles and engines fascinated him. Stutz built his first car in 1897, and then a second auto using a gasoline engine of his own design and manufacture.…

Photo of Harry C Stutz Harry Stutz Creator of the Famous Stutz Bearcat

United States automobile entrepreneur, engineer, and innovator in the automobile industry. Stutz was born in 1876 to John and Wilma Stutz, on a farm a few miles outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. Stutz grew up caring for and repairing agricultural machinery on the family farm. Automobiles and engines fascinated him. Stutz built his first car in 1897, and then a second auto using a gasoline engine of his own design and manufacture.…

Photo of Robert Swanson Robert Swanson Creator Modern Foghorn

Canadian researcher and developer, and is credited with the invention of the first five and six-chime air horns for use on locomotives. Swanson had worked as the chief engineer of a company called Victoria Lumber Manufacturing in the 1920s, when he developed a hobby for making steam whistles for locomotives. Eventually, Swanson designed and built a large steam whistle for the mill where he worked.…

Photo of Noah Haynes Swayne Noah Swayne Supreme Court Justice

American jurist and politician. He was the first Republican appointed as a justice to the United States Supreme Court.

Photo of Carl Dean Switzer Carl Switzer Actor

American actor, professional dog breeder and hunting guide. Switzer began his career as a child actor in the mid-1930s appearing in the Our Gang short subjects series as Alfalfa, one of the series? most popular and best-remembered characters. After leaving the series in 1940, Switzer struggled to find substantial roles due to typecasting. As an adult, he appeared mainly in bit parts and B-movies.…

Photo of William Stuart Symington Jr. William Symington United States Senators

American businessman and politician from Missouri. He served as the first Secretary of the Air Force from 1947 to 1950 and was a Democratic United States Senator from Missouri from 1953 to 1976.

Photo of William Stuart Symington, Jr. William Symington, Jr. Senator

American businessman and politician from Missouri. He served as the first Secretary of the Air Force from 1947 to 1950 and was a Democratic United States Senator from Missouri from 1953 to 1976.