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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 Robert Edwin Peary, Sr

Robert Peary, Sr

Explorers and Frontiersmen
Birthday: May 6, 1856 Deceased: February 20, 1920

Biography

American explorer who claimed to have reached the geographic North Pole with his expedition on April 6, 1909. Peary?s claim was widely credited for most of the 20th century, rather than the competing claim by Frederick Cook, who said he got there a year earlier. Modern historians generally think Cook did not reach the pole. Based on an evaluation of Peary?s records, Wally Herbert (also a polar explorer) concluded in a 1989 book that Peary did not reach the pole, although he may have been as close as 60 miles (97 km). His conclusions have been widely accepted.Both claims were widely debated in newspapers until 1913.

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