Oliver Hudson Kelley January 7 [20?], 1826 - 1913
Founder of the The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, the nation’s oldest national
agricultural organization, with granges established in 3,600 local communities in 37 states.
Born in Boston, Oliver
Kelley moved to Minnesota in 1849 where he became a farmer. In 1864, as a clerk for the U.S. Bureau of Agriculture, Kelley
received a commission from President Andrew Johnson to survey agricultural conditions in the Southern states following the
American Civil War. At this time he conceived the idea of the Grange as a social and fraternal organization of farmers, and
on December 4, 1867 he and six others secured the charter and Kelley became secretary until his resignation in 1878. The Grange
was later instrumental in passing the "Granger Laws" which put an end to various abuses by the railroad industry in the late
Raised Cataract Lodge No. 2
Harold Edward Stassen April 13, 1907
- March 4, 2001
"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for?"
As the then youngest governor in the history of the U.S. Harold Edward Stassen served as 25th Governor of
Minnesota from 1939 to 1943. He ran for president of the United States nine times, governor of Minnesota four times, governor
of Pennsylvania twice, the U.S. Senate twice, and mayor of Philadelphia once. He served as president of the University of
Pennsylvania from 1948 to 1953.
Stassen gained a reputation as a liberal, particularly when, as president of the American
Baptist Convention in 1963, he joined Martin Luther King in his march on Washington, D.C. President Franklin Roosevelt named
Stassen to the American delegation to the first United Nations conference in San Francisco, where he helped write the UN Charter
and was voted the most effective delegate. In 1951, he bravely spoke out against a bill in the Pennsylvania legislature that
would have required loyalty oaths from professors.
In 2000, though living in a nursing home, Stassen was still promoting
a 129-page proposal to revise the United Nations Charter and filing yet again for the Minnesota gubernatorial race.
Master : 1939-1940
Shekinah Lodge No. 171, St. Paul, Minnesota
Daniel Carter Beard June 21, 1850
- June 11, 1941
Dan Beard was a painter, illustrator, and founder of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. He formed "The
Society of the Sons of Daniel Boone" which developed into "The Boy Pioneers" in 1905, which then became the Boy Scouts of
America after he heard about the work of Baden Powell. His writings on the group appeared in Recreation, a magazine that he
He was the Boy Scouts of America’s first National Commissioner and Chairman of the Court of Honor and
was the author of 21 books on outdoor living and survival skills
Griffith O. Ellis (1869/11/19 - 1948/02/04), co-founder
and editor of American Boy, was Raised April 11, 1911 in Oriental Lodge No. 240.
Raised: November 30, 1917
Lodge No. 67, New York
Prince Hall c.1735 - December 4, 1807
Abolitionist, civic leader, caterer, leather-dresser, and founder of what would become the Prince Hall
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, little is known of the life of Prince Hall. He is claimed by Grimshaw to have been born in Barbados,
B. W. I. on September 12, 1748, although no record of this has ever been found. He is also claimed to have arrived in Boston
from Africa in 1765 and sold to one William Hall who freed him in 1770. There were a number of Prince Halls in Boston at this
period and the Certificate of Manumission deposited in the Boston Athenaeum Library, dated 9 April I770, cannot be positively
identified as referring to Prince Hall.
In 1787, as a property owner and registered voter, he campaigned for the establishment
of schools for Negro children in Boston, opened a school in his own home, and successfully petitioned the Massachusetts legislature
to protect free Negroes from kidnapping and being sold into slavery. During the Revolutionary War he served in the Continental
Army and is believed to have fought at Bunker Hill. In his last published speech, his charge to African Lodge in June 1797,
Hall spoke of mob violence against blacks, counseling patience.
Although Grimshaw claims that Hall was a minister
in the African Methodist Episcopal Church there is no record of this, while a deposition, which is recorded in the Suffolk
County, Massachusetts, Register of Deeds, made by Prince Hall in August 1807, states that he was a leather-dresser by trade;
that he was 'about seventy'; and that in November 1762 he had been received into the full communion of the Congregational
Church. The alleged patent appointing Prince Hall as Provincial Grand Master for North America appears to have been another
of Grimshaw’s inventions.
Initiated into Lodge No 441 with fourteen others, the lodge granted Prince Hall and
his brethren the authority to meet as African Lodge No. 1 (Under Dispensation). Hall petitioned the Premier Grand Lodge of
England for a warrant which was granted on September 20, 1784 and delivered in Boston on April 29, 1787. African Lodge No.
459 was organized one week later, May 6, 1787.
Out of this lodge the African Grand Lodge of North America was formed
on June 24, 1791 in Boston. The year following Prince Hall’s death, as a memorial to him, and by an act of the General
Assembly of the Craft, the name was changed to the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. The original Charter No. 459
has long since been made secure between heavy plate glass and is kept in a fire-proof vault in a downtown Boston bank.
obituary in the Boston Gazette for Monday, 7 December 1807 notes his age as 72 which would infer a birth date of about the
year 1735. His gravestone mistakenly notes the date of the published notice rather than his actual death the previous Friday.
Initiated, Passed and Raised: March 6, 1775
Lodge No. 441, Irish Constitution, attached to the 38th Regiment of
Foot, British Army Garrisoned at Castle William (now Fort Independence) Boston Harbor
Founder: African Lodge No. 459,
Grand Master: 1791-1807
Henry Ford July 30, 1863 - April 7, 1947
Inventor and capitalist businessman, Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line in his Highland
Park, Michigan factory on December 1, 1913. The time to produce a Model T was reduced from slightly over twelve hours to 93
Ford, paying significantly higher wages than competitors and reducing the workday to eight hours, was labeled
a socialist while reinventing capitalism.
In November 1915 he organized the "Ford Peace Ship," a group of pacificist
who sailed to Europe to attempt mediation. In 1918, he lost a campaign for the Senate.
His editorials in The Dearborn
Independent only confirmed the label of "ignorant idealist" given him by the Chicago Tribune.
By 1940, Ford had amassed
a fortune in excess of one billion dollars, much of which he gave to charity through his philanthropic foundations.
Palestine Lodge No. 357, Detroit, MI
Member: Zion Lodge No. 1
Davis Sanders September 9, 1890 - December 16, 1980
American businessman, and founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant franchise, Harland David
Sanders started the business in 1952 and sold it in 1964, although he remained their corporate spokesman until his death.
Governor Ruby Laffoon made him a Kentucky Colonel in 1935 in recognition of his contributions to the state’s cuisine.
And in 1939, his establishment was first listed in Duncan Hines' "Adventures in Good Eating."
Initiated: April 6, 1917
Demitted: February 27, 1920
Lodge No. 651 (Indiana), Henryville, Indiana
to 651 (Indiana) by Clark 40 (Indiana)
Affiliated: October 27, 1953
Demitted: April 13, 1976
Hugh Harris Lodge
No. 938, Corbin, Whitley County, Kentucky
William “Bud” Abbott October 2, 1895 - April
Radio, stage and screen performer William "Bud" Abbott was straight man
for the popular comedy team of Abbott and Costello. Achieving their greatest success during World War Two, he and Lou Costello
sold 78 million dollars in war bonds on a 31 day tour and entertained in 300 Army and Navy camps.
Lodge No. 525, MI
Harry Houdini April 16, 1874 - October 31, 1926
Born Erich Weiss, Harry Houdini was a world famous escape artist and trapeze performer, as well as the
inventor of the diving suit, and the first successful aviator in Australia.
Houdini was not alone among Masonic magicians,
a group which included such notables as Harry Keller, Howard Thurston, and Harry Blackstone.
His untimely death has
been the topic of much folklore: his burst appendix was not caused by an earlier blow to his stomach nor did he collapse on
Initiated: July 17, 1923
Passed: July 31, 1923
Raised: August 21, 1923
St. Cecile Lodge No. 568, New
Audie Leon Murphy June 20, 1924 - May 28, 1971
Audie Murphy was the most decorated U.S. combat soldier of World War II. After the war he moved to Hollywood;
his first starring role came in a 1949 released film called Bad Boy. He went on to star in 44 feature films over the next
25 years. His 1949 autobiography To Hell And Back was a best seller. Murphy starred as himself in the 1955 film version which
held the record as Universal’s highest grossing picture until 1975 when it was finally surpassed by Jaws.
was also a successful thoroughbred and quarterhorse racehorse owner and breeder, having interests in such great horses as
"Depth Charge." Audie Murphy wrote some poetry and was quite successful as a songwriter.
In an effort to draw attention
to the problems of returning Korean and Vietnam War veterans, Audie Murphy spoke out candidly about his personal problems
with PTS, then known as "Battle Fatigue".
Hollywood Lodge No. 542, North Hollywood, Calif.
Twain Nov. 30, 1835 - April 21, 1910
Well known and often quoted author, Samuel Langhorne Clemens wrote such classics as The Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
One time editor of the Virginia City Enterprise,
under the pen name of Mark Twain he also wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, and The Innocents
Best remembered as a humorist, he also served as vice-president of the Anti-Imperialist League and president
of the Children’s Theatre for immigrants in New York. Only active in his lodge for about ten years, after a trip to
the Middle East in 1867 he presented his lodge with a gavel made from Lebonese ceder.
Freemasonry played little part
in his many writings. In The Innocents Abroad Twain refers to God as the "Great Architect of the Universe" while in Tom Sawyer’s
Conspiracy he refers to a local pillar of the community as being a freemason. In what may be the only public Masonic reference
he made, he mentions "the grip and the word that lift a man up and make him glad to be alive" in a dinner speech to the New
York City Lotus Club on November 10, 1900.
Initiated : May 22, 1861
Passed : June 12, 1861
Raised : July 10, 1861
Demitted : 1869
Polar Star Lodge No. 79, Missouri
J. Edger Hoover January 1, 1895 - May 2,
Born in Washington, D.C., John Edgar Hoover received his LL. M. in 1916 and joined the Department of
Justice on July 26, 1917. On May 10, 1924, Attorney General Harlan Fiske Stone appointed the twenty-nine year old Hoover as
Acting Director of the Bureau of Investigation and by the end of the year Hoover was named Director. He held the appointment
through eight presidents until his death in 1972.
He built an efficient crime-detection agency, established a centralized
fingerprint file, a crime laboratory and a training institution for police.
Although Hoover successful avoided independent
investigations of the FBI’s conduct and his administration during his tenure, the American Congress enacted legislation
requiring Senate confirmation of future FBI directors and limited their appointment to ten years. Hoover’s writings
include Persons in Hiding, Masters of Deceit, A Study of Communism and J. Edgar Hoover on Communism.
Raised : November
Federal Lodge No. 1, Washington, DC
General Douglas MacArthur 26 January 1880 - 5 April
General Douglas MacArthur, "liberator" of the Philippines, shogun of occupied Japan and mastermind of
the Inchon invasion, was an admired national hero when he was relieved of his command by President Truman in April 1951 for
insubordination and disobedience.
Earlier in his career he had supervised the eviction of the "bonus marchers" from
Washington, DC on July 29, 1932 in a controversially heavy-handed fashion. Retired from active service in December 1937, he
was soon recalled to active duty as lieutenant general and named commander, United States Army Forces in the Far East, July
1941; was promoted to temporary general, December 1941; led American forces in Pacific campaigns as Supreme Allied Commander,
1941-1945; was promoted to temporary General of the Army December 1944; received the Medal of Honor for Philippine defense
preparations and operations; was appointed Supreme Allied Commander, Japan, 1945; rank as General of the Army made permanent,
April 1946; was designated commander in chief, Far East Command, 1947; upon the North Korean invasion of South Korea, was
designated commander, United Nations Command in the Far East, July 1950.
"At the time of MacArthur’s removal
President Harry S Truman was also a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri. Before dismissing General MacArthur,
President Truman consulted with his advisors, which included Generals George C. Marshall who was Secretary of Defense at the
time, and Omar N. Bradley who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In December of 1941, George Marshall had been made
a Mason "at sight" by the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. Omar Bradley had been raised in West
Point Lodge No.877, Highland Falls, New York in 1923. Dean Atcheson and Averell Harriman were also consulted. The recommendation
to dismiss General MacArthur was unanimous... it was not the best of times for the Craft. Douglas MacArthur was relieved by
Lieutenant General Matthew B. Ridgeway who was also a freemason. Like Bradley, he was a member of West Point Lodge No. 877,
and was raised on May 1, 1924."
Made on Sight: January 17, 1936
Grand Lodge of the Philippines
Affiliated : 1936
Manila Lodge No. 1
Norman Vincent Peale May 31, 1898 - December 24, 1993
Ordained a Methodist Episcopal minister, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was the pastor of Marble Collegiate
Church for 52 years and the author of 46 books, including The Power of Positive Thinking.
Midwood Lodge No.
1062, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Grand Chaplain: 1949-51
Grand Lodge of New York
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