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My Masonic Journal: 10 Famous Men You Didn't Know Were Freemasons

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My Masonic Journal

10 Famous Men You Didn't Know Were Freemasons - Part 1

Feb 08 2012

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Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak, Freemasonry, Freemasons

Best known as: Co-founder of Apple Computers

Initiated: 1980

Member of: Charity Lodge No. 362, Campbell, CA

Quotable Quote: "You have to think offensively and defensively and see where your opponent is going to go. Your mind has to be totally aware of the whole situation. That doesn't come the first time you play.”


The Ringling Bros

The Ringling Bros, Freemasonry, Freemasons

Best known as: Entertainers

Initiated, Passed, and Raised: All of them between 1890-1891

Member of: Baraboo Lodge No. 34, WI


Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy, Freemasonry, Freemasons

Best known as: A comedian

Initiated: Unknown

Member of: Hollywood Lodge No. 542, CA (see note below)

Quotable Quote: “In reality, all men are sculptors, constantly chipping away the unwanted parts of their lives trying to create a masterpiece.”

Note: Though Eddie Murphy is listed as a Freemason in numerous Masonic websites (including Wikipedia's list of Famous Freemasons). I couldn't find any record of the date when he was Initiated, Passed, and Raised. I also wonder if some people have just confused him with Freemason Audie Murphy (1924-1971) of Hollywood Lodge No. 542, CA.


John Molson

John Molson, Freemasonry, Freemasons

Best known as: Founder of Molson Breweries

Initiated: Date unknown but he is known to have served as the Worshipful Master of St. Paul's Lodge from June to December 1791 and from June 1795 to June 1796.

Member of: St. Paul's Lodge, No. 374


Antoine-Joseph "Adolphe" Sax

Antoine-Joseph 'Adolphe' Sax, Freemasonry, Freemasons

Best known as: The inventor of the Saxophone

Initiated: Unknown

Member of: Loge Les Vrais Amis de L'Union

Note: His petition for initiation was found in the archives of the Lodge "Les Vrais Amis de l'Union" but no other record of his membership exists.


Richard J. Gatling

Richard J. Gatling, Freemasonry, Freemasons

Best known as: The inventor of the Gatling Gun

Initiated: Unknown

Member of: Center Lodge No. 23, Indianapolis, Ind


J. C. Penny

J. C. Penny, Freemasonry, Freemasons

Best known as: Founder of JCPenney

Initiated: April 18, 1911, P. May 19, 1911, R. June 2, 1911

Lodge: Wasatch Lodge No. 1 F&AM Utah


Samuel Colt

Samuel Colt, Freemasonry, Freemasons

Best know as: The inventor of the Revolver

Initiated: Unknown

Member of: St. John’s Lodge No. 4, Pythagoras Chapter No. 17, Washington Commandery No. 1, all of Hartford, CN


Frederick Louis Maytag

Frederick Louis Maytag, Freemasonry, Freemasons

Best known as: Inventor of the automated washing machine

Initiated: I. April 23, P. May 14, R. Sept 13, 1887

Member of: Newton Lodge No. 59, Newton, Iowa


Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong, Freemasonry, Freemasons

Best known as: Jazz musician

Initiated: Unknown

Member of: Montgomery Lodge No. 18, Lodge of Montgomery No. 18, PHA, New York, NY (membership disputed. see notes below)

Note: According to historians, Louis Armstrong may have been a member of numerous "Masonic" groups but none of them are recognized by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge.

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