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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George Norris

Nebraska Senator
Birthday: July 11, 1861 Deceased: September 2, 1944

Biography

U.S. politician from the state of Nebraska and a leader of progressive and liberal causes in Congress. He served five terms in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican from 1903 until 1913 and five terms in the United States Senate from 1913 until 1943, four terms as a Republican and the final term as an independent. Norris was defeated for reelection in 1942. Norris is best known for his intense crusades against what he characterized as “wrong and evil”, his liberalism, his insurgency against party leaders, his isolationist foreign policy, his support for labor unions, and especially for creating the Tennessee Valley Authority. President Franklin Roosevelt called him “the very perfect, gentle knight of American progressive ideals,” and this has been the theme of all of his biographers.

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