List of Freemasons (A–D)

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This is a list of notable Freemasons. Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation that exists in a number of forms worldwide. Throughout history some members of the fraternity have made no secret of their involvement, while others have not made their membership public. In some cases, membership can only be proven by searching through the fraternity's records. Such records are most often kept at the individual lodge level, and may be lost due to fire, flood, deterioration, or simple carelessness. Grand Lodge governance may have shifted or reorganized, resulting in further loss of records on the member or the name, number, location or even existence of the lodge in question. In areas of the world where Masonry has been suppressed by governments, records of entire grand lodges have been destroyed. Because of this, masonic membership can sometimes be difficult to verify.

Standards of "proof" for those on this list may vary widely; some figures with no verified lodge affiliation are claimed as Masons if reliable sources give anecdotal evidence suggesting they were familiar with the "secret" signs and passes, but other figures are rejected over technical questions of regularity in the lodge that initiated them. Where available, specific lodge membership information is provided; where serious questions of verification have been noted by other sources, this is also indicated.

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  • John Aasen (1890–1938), American silent film actor. Highland Park Lodge No. 382 Los Angeles, California.[1][2][3]
  • José Abad Santos (1886–1942), fifth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and Acting President of the Philippines during World War II.[4]
  • Leon Abbett, (1835-1894), American politician, served as Governor of New Jersey, from 1884 to 1887 and from 1890 to 1893. Member Mystic Tie Lodge 272 (New York City) and several others.[1]
  • John Abbott (1821–1893), Canadian Prime Minister. Initiated: St. Paul's, No. 374, E.R., Montreal, 1847.[5]
  • Joseph Palmer Abbott (1842–1901), Australian politician, Grand Master of New South Wales from 1895 to 1899[6]
  • Robert S. Abbott (1870–1940), African-American lawyer and newspaper publisher[7][8][9]
  • William "Bud" Abbott (1895–1974), American comedian and actor (part of the Abbott & Costello comedy team).[10][11]
  • Abdelkader El Djezairi (1808-1883), Algerian Islamic scholar, Sufi, political and military leader who led a struggle against the French colonial invasion in the mid-19th century.[1][12][13]
  • Nicanor Abelardo (1893–1934), Filipino composer. Raised in Luzon Lodge No. 57[14]
  • Ralph Abercromby (1734–1801), Scottish soldier (Lieutenant-general in the British Army) and politician (MP 1774–1780, 1784–1786)[15]
  • Thomas Abernethy (May 16, 1903 – June 11, 1998), member of the United States House of Representatives from Mississippi. Received degrees in Eupora Lodge No. 423, Europa, Mississippi.[1]
  • Edmond François Valentin About (14 February 1828 – 16 January 1885), was a French novelist, publicist and journalist.[1]
  • Benjamin Abrams (August 18, 1893 – June 23, 1967), Romanian-born American businessman and a founder of the Emerson Radio & Phonograph Corporation. Meber of Farragut Lodge No. 976, New York City.[1]
  • Franz Abt (22 December 1819 – 31 March 1885), was a German composer and choral conductor. Initiated in Brunswick Lodge in 1853.[1]
  • Roy Acuff (1903 – 1992), American country music singer.[16]
  • Major General Sir Allan Adair, 6th Baronet, GCVO, CB, DSO, MC & Bar, JP, DL (3 November 1897—4 August 1988), was a British Army general who served in both World Wars. Household Brigade Lodge No. 2614 and appointed Assistant Grand Master of the G.L. of England in 1953.[1]
  • E. Ross Adair (December 14, 1907 – May 5, 1983), a U.S. Representative from Indiana. Raised in Albion Lodge No. 97, Albion, Indiana.[1]
  • Alva Adams (May 14, 1850 – November 1, 1922), Three time governor of Colorado. Member of the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite (Southern Jurisdiction).[1]
  • Alva B. Adams (October 29, 1875 – December 1, 1941), United States Senator Colorado.[1]
  • Andrew Adams (January 7, 1736 – November 26, 1797) Delegate for Connecticut to the Continental Congress and later Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Member of St. Paul's Lodge No. 11, Litchfield, Connecticut.[1]
  • Charles Adams (October 18, 1876 – October 2, 1947) was an American businessman and sports promoter. Was a Knight Templar and Shriner.[1]
  • Frank R. Adams (July 7, 1883 – October 8, 1963), American author, screenwriter, composer, and newspaper reporter.[1]
  • Jasper Adams (August 27, 1793 – October 25, 1841) American clergyman, college professor, and college president. Raised in Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 4, Providence, Rhode Island.[1]
  • Sherman Adams (1899–1986), American politician (Elected to U.S. Congress and as Governor of New Hampshire).[1][10]
  • Samuel Adams (June 5, 1805 – February 27, 1850), third governor of Arkansas. Junior Warden pro-tem of the Grand Lodge of Arkansas in 1844.[1]
  • Wilbur L. Adams (October 23, 1884 – December 4, 1937), American lawyer and politician from Delaware. Served as U.S. Representative from Delaware.[1]
  • Henry Adamson (1581–1639), was a Scottish poet and historian. Wrote one of the earliest known references to the Mason's Word.[1]
  • Michael Adeane, Baron Adeane, Lieutenant-Colonel, GCB, GCVO, PC (30 September 1910 – 30 April 1984), was Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II during the first twenty years of her reign and to her father, King George VI prior. Served as Senior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge of England in 1946.[1]
  • Charles Adkins (February 7, 1863 – March 31, 1941) U.S. Representative from Illinois.[1]
  • Jesse Corcoran Adkins (April 13, 1879 – March 29, 1955) United States federal judge in the District Court for the District of Columbia.[1]
  • Julius Ochs Adler (December 3, 1892 – October 3, 1955) was an American publisher, journalist, and United States Army general. Member of Justice Lodge No. 753 of New York City.[1]
  • Adolphus Frederick IV, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (5 May 1738 – 2 June 1794), was a Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Member of the Lodge at New-Brandeburg.[1]
  • Adolf Frederick (14 July 1710 – 12 February 1771) King of Sweden from 1751 until his death. Master of a Stockholm lodge and received the title of Protector of Swedish Freemasonry in 1762.[1]
  • Ignacio Agramonte (1841—1873) was a Cuban revolutionary, who played an important part in the Ten Years' War (1868–1878).[1]
  • Gregorio Aglipay (1860–1940), Supreme Bishop of the Philippine Independent Church.[17]
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (1869–1964), President of the Philippines. Pilar Lodge No. 203 (now Pilar Lodge No. 15) at Imus Cavite and was founder of Magdalo Lodge No. 31 (renamed Emilio Aguinaldo Lodge No. 31 in his honor).[10]
  • Agustín I of Mexico (1783–1824), Emperor of Mexico[18]
  • William David Blakeslee Ainey (April 8, 1864 – September 4, 1932), was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.[1]
  • John C. Ainsworth (June 6, 1822 – December 30, 1893), American pioneer businessman and steamboat owner in Oregon. Helped organize the Grand Lodge of Oregon and served as grand master 1854-55.[1]
  • Milburn Akers (1900 – 1970), Chicago journalist, chairman of the Board of Trustees of McKendree College, and the ninth president of Shimer College.[1]
  • George Edward Akerson (1889-1937), American journalist, and the first official White House Press Secretary. Received 32° in Minneapolis Feb. 27, 1929.[1]
  • Adeyemo Alakija KBE (May 25, 1884 – 1952) was a Nigerian lawyer, politician and businessman. Co-founded the Daily Times of Nigeria. Member Star of Nigeria Chapter No. 255, R.A.M. 23° AASR.[1]
  • Miguel Ricardo de Álava y Esquivel Order of Santiago, Order of Charles III, KCB, MWO (7 July 1770 – 14 July 1843) was a Spanish general and statesman. Imprisoned in 1814 for being a Freemason.[1]
  • Juan Bautista Alberdi (August 29, 1810 – June 19, 1884), Argentine political theorist and diplomat.[1]
  • Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (8 January 1864 – 14 January 1892), was the eldest son of King Edward VII.[1]
  • Carl Albert (May 10, 1908 – February 4, 2000), American Politician. Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1971 to 1977. Member of South McAlester Lodge No. 96, Mc- Alester, Okla. (1946), 32° Indian Consistory, AASR (SJ) and DeMolay Legion of Honor.[1]
  • Nelson W. Aldrich (1841–1915), United States Senator from Rhode Island. Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island 1877–78, member of What Cheer lodge.[10]
  • Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin (1930–), American Astronaut. Second human to set foot on Extra-Terrestrial soil. Member of Montclair Lodge No. 144 of New Jersey.[19][20][21][22]
  • Elizabeth Aldworth (1693/95[23]-1773/1775[23]), Noted female Mason. Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft Degree in 1712.[24]
  • Vasile Alecsandri (1821–1890), Romanian Poet, playwright, politician and diplomat.[25]
  • Horace M. Albright (January 6, 1890 – March 28, 1987), American conservationist.[1]
  • James L. Alcorn (November 4, 1816 – December 19, 1894) Leading southern white Republican during Reconstruction in Mississippi, where he served as governor and U.S. Senator.[1]
  • Chester Hardy Aldrich (November 10, 1862 – March 10, 1924) American politician. 16th governor of Nebraska and justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court.[1]
  • Nelson W. Aldrich (November 6, 1841 – April 16, 1915) American politician. Senator from Rhode Island. Member and Past Master of What Cheer Lodge No. 21 in Providence.[1]
  • J. Frank Allee (December 2, 1857 – October 12, 1938) American merchant and politician. U.S. Senator from Delaware.[1]
  • Miguel Alemán Valdés (29 September 1900 – 14 May 1983) President of Mexico from 1946 to 1952. Initiated, Passed, and Raised in Antiquities Lodge No. 9 of Grand Lodge Valle de Mexico. Later demitted to City of Mexico Lodge No. 35.[1]
  • Alexander I of Russia (1777-1825) Czar of Russia from 1801-1825. Banned all secret societies in 1801, but rescinded the prohibition in 1803. He banned Freemasonry in Russia in 1822 due to concerns of political power of some lodges.[1]
  • Alexander I of Yugoslavia (1888–1934), Last king of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (1921–29) and first king of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1929–34).[26]
  • George Forrest Alexander (April 10, 1882 – May 16, 1948), was a judge of the United States territorial court for the Alaska Territory from 1933 to 1947.President of the Juneau Shrine Club 1934-39 .[1]
  • Grover Cleveland Alexander (February 26, 1887 – November 4, 1950), American Major League Baseball pitcher. Raised in St. Paul Lodge No. 82, St. Paul Nebraska in 1923. Expelled for un-Masonic conduct in 1930.[1]
  • Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis KG PC GCB OM GCMG CSI DSO MC CD PC(Can) (10 December 1891 – 16 June 1969), was a British military commander and field marshal. Served in both World Wars. Governor General of Canada from 1946-1952. Past grand steward andpast grand warden of the G.L. of England.[1]
  • Nathaniel Alexander (March 5, 1756 – March 7, 1808) 13th Governor of North Carolina. Officer of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina in 1802, 1803, 1806, 1807 and was senior grand deacon at his death in 1808.[1]
  • Alexander, Prince of Orange (25 August 1851 – 21 June 1884), Heir apparent of King William III of the Netherlands from 11 June 1879 until his death. Grand Master of the Netherlands.[1]
  • Bernardo Soto Alfaro (1854-1931), President of Costa Rica from 1885-1889. Member of Esperanza Lodge.[1]
  • Eloy Alfaro (June 25, 1842 – January 28, 1912) served as President of Ecuador from 1895 to 1901 and from 1906 to 1911.[1]
  • Bruce Alger (June 12, 1918-), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas.[1]
  • Russell A. Alger (February 27, 1836 – January 24, 1907), 20th Governor and U.S. Senator from Michigan. U.S. Secretary of War during the Presidential administration of William McKinley. Major General in the UNion Army during the American Civil War. Raised in 1895 in Corinthian Lodge No. 241 in Detroit.[1]
  • Sir Archibald Alison, 1st Baronet GCB FRSE (29 December 1792 – 23 May 1867) Scottish Historian.[1]
  • Alfred G. Allen (July 23, 1867 – December 9, 1932), U.S. Representative from Ohio.[1]
  • Charles Herbert Allen (April 15, 1848 – April 20, 1934) American politician and businessman. Served in the Massachusetts state legislature and senate, and in the United States House of Representatives. First United States-appointed civilian governor of Puerto Rico. Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the administration of William McKinley. Member of William North Lodge of Lowell, Massachusetts.[1]
  • Ethan Allen (January 1, 1904 – September 15, 1993) American Major League Baseball player from 1926 to 1938. Member of Yeatman Lodge No. 162, Cincinnati, Ohio.[1]
  • Frank G. Allen (October 6, 1874 – October 9, 1950), 51st Governor of Massachusetts. Raised in Orient Lodge, Norwood, Massachusetts.[1]
  • Henry Justin Allen (September 11, 1868 – January 17, 1950), 21st Governor of Kansas (1919–1923) and U.S. Senator from Kansas (1929–31).[1]
  • Ira Allen (April 21, 1751 in Cornwall, Connecticut - January 7, 1814) One of the founders of Vermont, and leaders of the Green Mountain Boys. Brother of Ethan Allen. Vermont Lodge No. 1 of Charleston, New Hampshire.[1]
  • John Allen, 3rd Viscount Allen (11 June 1713 – 25 May 1745) was an Irish peer and politician. Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Ireland.[1][27]
  • Oscar K. Allen (August 8, 1882 – January 28, 1936), 42nd Governor of Louisiana. Member of Eastern Star Lodge No. 151, Winnfield, Louisiana.[1]
  • Salvador Allende (1908–1973), President of Chile (1970–1973). Lodge Progreso No. 4, Valparaíso.[28][29]
  • Roger Allin (December 18, 1848 – January 1, 1936), Fourth Governor of North Dakota. Golden Valley Lodge No. 6, Park River, North Dakota.[1]
  • William B. Allison (March 2, 1829 — August 4, 1908), Early leader of the Iowa Republican Party. Member of both houses of the United States Legislature. Charter member of Mosaic Lodge No. 125 of Dubuque. Honorary senior grand warden of the Grand Lodge of Iowa in 1889.[1]
  • James Allred (March 29, 1899 – September 24, 1959) 33rd Governor of Texas. Later a United States federal judge. Raised in Bowie Lodge No. 578 in 1920.[1]
  • Edward B. Almon (April 18, 1860 - June 22, 1933) United States Representative from Alabama.[1]
  • James Lindsay Almond, Jr. (June 15, 1898 – April 15, 1986), 58th Governor of Virginia. United States federal judge.[1]
  • Alfred S. Alschuler (1876 – 11 June 1940) Prolific Chicago architect.[1]
  • Richard Alsop (1761–1815) American merchant and author. Member of St. John's Lodge No. 2, Middletown, Connecticut.[1]
  • Paul Althouse (December 2, 1889 – February 6, 1954), American opera singer. Member of St. John's Lodge No. 435, Reading, Pennsylvania.[1]
  • Carlos María de Alvear (October 25, 1789 – November 3, 1852) Argentine soldier and statesman. Co-founder of the Lau-taro Lodge in 1812.[1]
  • Leo Amery (1873–1955), British journalist and politician.[30][31]
  • Albert Alonzo "Doc" Ames (1842 – 1911) mayor of Minneapolis whose corruption was exposed by muckraking journalist Lincoln Steffens in the 1903 article, The Shame of Minneapolis. His obituary in the Minneapolis Morning Tribune described him as a 33rd degree Freemason and the Knights Templar.[32][33]
  • Ezra Ames (1768–1836), American portrait painter[10]
  • Oliver Ames (February 4, 1831 – October 22, 1895), 35th Governor of Massachusetts. Primary lodge membership unknown, but made honorary member of Columbian Lodge of Boston.[1]
  • William Amherst, 3rd Earl Amherst (1836–1910), British nobleman and politician[34]
  • Roald Amundsen (1872-1928), Norwegian polar explorer and discoverer of South Pole.[1]
  • Clinton Presba Anderson (October 23, 1895 – November 11, 1975) U.S. Representative from New Mexico, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and a U.S. Senator from New Mexico. Raised in Albuquerque Lodge No. 60 in 1917.[1]
  • George T. Anderson (February 3, 1824 – April 4, 1901) General of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.[1]
  • Heartley "Hunk "Anderson (September 22, 1898 – April 24, 1978) American football player and coach. Coached for Notre Dame, the Chicago Bears among others. Calumet Lodge No. 271, Calumet, Michigan.[1]
  • Jack Z. Anderson (March 22, 1904 – February 9, 1981) U.S. Representative from California. Raised in Texas Lodge No. 46, San Juan Bautista, California in 1946.[1]
  • James Anderson (1679ca. 1679/1680-1739), Presbyterian minister best known for his influence on the early development of Freemasonry. Author of "The Constitutions of the Free-Masons" (1723) and The New Book of Constitutions of the Antient and Honourable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons (1738)[35]
  • Joseph Anderson (November 5, 1757 – April 17, 1837) United States Senator from Tennessee and first Comptroller of the United States Treasury. Military Lodge No. 19 of Pennsylvania and Lodge No. 36 in the New Jersey Brigade during the American Revolution. After the war was a member of Princeton Lodge No. 38 of New Jersey.[1]
  • Robert Anderson (June 14, 1805 – October 26, 1871) Union Army officer in the American Civil War, known for being the commander of Fort Sumter at the be beginning of the war. Raised in Mercer Lodge No. 50, Trenton, New Jersey in 1858. Honorary member of Pacific Lodge No. 233 of New York City.[1]
  • Robert B. Anderson (June 4, 1910 – August 14, 1989) United States Secretary of the Navy and later Secretary of the Treasury during the Eisenhower Administration. Member of Vernon Lodge No. 655 Vernon, Texas and was later an officer of the Grand Lodge of Texas.[1]
  • Robert H. Anderson (October 1, 1835 – February 8, 1888) Cavalry and artillery officer in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. Attained the rank of Brigadier General. Commander of Palestine Commandery, Knights Templar No. 7 at Savannah, Georgia in the 1880s.[1]
  • Rudolph Martin Anderson (June 30, 1876 – June 21, 1961), was a Canadian zoologist and explorer.[1]
  • Sigurd Anderson (January 22, 1904 – December 21, 1990), 19th Governor of South Dakota. Raised in Coteau Lodge No. 54 at Webster, South Dakota in 1943.[1]
  • Victor Emanuel Anderson (March 30, 1902 – August 15, 1962), 28th Governor of Nebraska. Raised in George Washington Lodge No. 250, Lincoln, Nebraska in 1928.[1]
  • William F. Anderson (1860-1944), American Methodist pastor, writer, and educator who served as Bishop of Chattanooga, Cincinnati, and Boston and was Acting President of Boston University from January 1, 1925 to May 15, 1926.[1]
  • William Hamilton Anderson (1874 - c. 1959), American Prohibitionist.[1]
  • Charles Anderson-Pelham (1749–1823), British Politician, Member of Parliament (1768–1794)[36]
  • Edward Andrade (1887–1971), English physicist. Initiated into Lodge Progresso No. 4 in 1935.[37]
  • Ignacio Andrade (31 July 1839 – 17 February 1925), President of Venezuela from 1898–1899.[1]
  • Johannes Valentinus Andreae (August 17, 1586 – June 27, 1654), Protestant theologian, alchemist, satirical writer and early Rosicrucian. Believed to have been a Mason.[1]
  • Louis André (1838–1913), French soldier, Minister of War from 1900 until 1904[38][39]
  • Charles O. Andrews (March 7, 1877 – September 18, 1946), United States Senator from Floridam1936 until 1946. Orlando Lodge No. 69.[1]
  • Frank Andrews(June 15, 1864 – December 7, 1936) First Assistant Attorney General of Texas.[1]
  • Robert Andrews (c. 1750 – 1804), Chaplain of the 2nd Virginia regiment in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Early Grand Master of Virginia. Member of Williamsburg Lodge No. 6.[1]
  • Ivo Andrić (1892–1975), Yugoslav writer and Nobel Prize laureate [26]
  • Frank M. Angellotti (Sept. 4, 1861-May 23, 19320, Chief Justice of California from 1915-1921. Raised in Marin Lodge No. 191, San Rafael, California in 1886. Grand Master of California 1888-1889.[1]
  • Levi Ankeny (August 1, 1844 – March 29, 1921) United States Senator from the state of Washington. Became a member of Willamette Lodge No. 2 of Portland in 1866, affiliating with Walla Walla Lodge No. 7 in 1878, serving as master in 1881.[1]
  • Martin Frederick Ansel (December 12, 1850 – August 23, 1945) 89th Governor of South Carolina.[1]
  • Martin C. Ansorge (January 1, 1882 – February 4, 1967) United States Representative from New York. Mt. Nebo Lodge No. 257, New York City.[1]
  • Jules Anspach (1829–1879), Belgian politician[40]
  • Galicano Apacible (1864–1949), Filipino politician.[citation needed]
  • Raymond Apple (1935–), Chief Rabbi, Great Synagogue (Sydney), Australia, (1972–2005)[41]
  • T. Frank Appleby (October 10, 1864 – December 15, 1924) United States Representative from New Jersey.[1]
  • Sir Edward Victor Appleton (1892–1965), British physicist. Nobel Prize 1947. Isaac Newton Lodge No. 859, Cambridge.[42]
  • Matthew Arbuckle (1778–1851) Career soldier in the U.S. Army closely identified with the Indian Territory.[1]
  • John Arbuthnot (1667–1735), British Physician and Satirist[1][43]
  • Branch T. Archer (1790–1856) Texan Commissioner to the United States, Speaker of the House of the Republic of Texas House of Representatives, and Secretary of War of the Republic of Texas. Raised in Harmony Lodge No. 62 at Pridewell Virginia.[1]
  • Dennis Archer (1942–), US Politician. Geometry Lodge #49 (Prince Hall), Detroit[44][45][46]
  • Leslie C. Arends (September 27, 1895 – July 17, 1985), United States Representative from Illinois.[1]
  • Constantin Argetoianu (1871–1955), Prime Minister of Romania[25]
  • Richard Arlen (September 1, 1899 – March 28, 1976), American actor of film and television. Member Utopia Lodge No. 537, Los Angeles, California.[1]
  • Lewis Armistead (1817–1863), Confederate general during the American Civil War. Alexandria-Washington Lodge #22, Alexandria, Virginia[47]
  • David H. Armstrong (October 21, 1812 – March 18, 1893), United States Senator from Missouri. Member of Washington Lodge No. 9 of St. Louis.[1]
  • Henry W. Armstrong (July 22, 1879 – February 28, 1951), American boxer, booking agent, producer, singer, pianist and Tin Pan Alley composer. Composed the song Sweet Adeline. Raised in 1922 in Montgomery Lodge No. 68, New York City.[1]
  • John Armstrong, Jr., 1758–1843), American soldier, delegate to the Continental Congress, United States Senator and United States Secretary of War. Hibernia Lodge No. 339, New York.[1]
  • Sir Richard Armstrong (c. 1782 – 3 March 1854), British Army officer. Commander of the British forces in Canada West from 1842 to 1848.[1]
  • Edward F. Arn (May 19, 1906 – January 22, 1998), 32nd Governor of Kansas. Raised in Wyandotte Lodge No. 3, Kansas City, Kansas in 1927. Member of the International Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay. Deputy to imperial potentate of the Shrine in 1954-55.[1]
  • Ellis Arnall (March 20, 1907 – December 13, 1992) 69th Governor of the U.S. state of Georgia from 1943 to 1947. Member of Cowetta Lodge No. 60 at Newnan, Georgia.[1]
  • Thomas Arne (1710–1778), British Composer of Rule Britannia[31][37]
  • Benedict Arnold (1741–1801), American general and traitor, Hiram Lodge No. 1, New Haven, Connecticut[48]
  • Eddy Arnold (1918–2008), American country music singer. East Nashville Lodge 560 F& A.M. East Nashville, TN [10][49]
  • Henry H. Arnold (1886–1950), American general, only person to hold five-star rank in two branches of service. Union Lodge No. 7, KS.[50]
  • Samuel W. (Wat) Arnold (September 21, 1879 – December 18, 1961) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri. Member of Adair Lodge No. 366, Kirksville, Missouri.[1]
  • William W. Arnold (October 14, 1877 – November 23, 1957) U.S. Representative from Illinois.[1]
  • J. Hugo Aronson (September 1, 1891 – February 25, 1978), 14th Governor of the U.S. State of Montana. Received degrees in Shelby Lodge No. 143, in 1924 and later demitted to Cut Bank Lodge No. 82 in Cut Bank, both in Montanna. King Gustav VI Adolf q.v. of Sweden appointed him as representative of the G.L. of Sweden to the G.L. of Montana.[1]
  • François-Marie Arouet See Voltaire
  • Harold J. Arthur (1904–1971), 68th Governor of the U.S. State of Vermont from 1950 to 1951.[1]
  • Jacob Arvey (November 3, 1895 – August 25, 1977), Influential Chicago political leader from the Depression era until the mid-1950s.[1]
  • Gheorghe Asachi (1788–1869), Romanian writer, poet, painter, historian, dramatist and translator.[25]
  • Frank G. Ashbrook (October 20, 1892 – September 15, 1966), American mammalogist.[1]
  • William A. Ashbrook (July 1, 1867 – January 1, 1940) U.S. Representative from Ohio.[1]
  • Turner Ashby (October 23, 1828 – June 6, 1862) Confederate cavalry commander in the American Civil War. He had achieved prominence as Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's cavalry commander. Member of Equality Lodge No. 44, Martinsburg, West Virginia.[1]
  • Bowman Foster Ashe (April 3, 1885 – December 16, 1952), U.S. educator who served as the first president of the University of Miami.[1]
  • James Mitchell Ashley (November 14, 1824 – September 16, 1896) was a U.S. congressman, territorial governor of Montana and railroad president. Raised in 1853 in Toledo Lodge No. 144, Toledo, Ohio.[1]
  • Elias Ashmole (1617–1692), English antiquary and politician, Warrington Lodge, Lancashire[51]
  • Wayne N. Aspinall (April 3, 1896 – October 9, 1983), U.S. Representative from Colorado. Raised in Palisade Lodge No. 125, Palisade, Colorado. in 1926.[1]
  • John Jacob Astor (1763–1848), American financier, The Holland Lodge No. 8, New York, 1790[52]
  • Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881–1938), National hero and founder of the modern Republic of Turkey.[53]
  • David Rice Atchison (August 11, 1807 – January 26, 1886) U.S. Senator from Missouri. Known for the claim that for one day (March 4, 1849) he may have been Acting President of the United States. Member of Platte Lodge No. 56, Platte City, Missouri.[1]
  • King Æthelstan (c. 893/895 – 27 October 939) King of the West Saxons from 924 to 927, and King of the English from 927 to 939. It is claimed that he brought Masonry to England in the Regius Poem.[1]
  • John Murray, 3rd Duke of Atholl (6 May 1729 – 5 November 1774), Scottish peer and Tory politician. Succeeded his father as grand master of Grand Lodge of England in 1775, serving until 1781 and again from 1791-1813. Was grand master of Grand Lodge of Scotland from 1778 to 1779.[1]
  • John Murray, 4th Duke of Atholl, Scottish politician, Grand Master of Scotland (1778–1780) [54]
  • George Murray, 6th Duke of Atholl (20 September 1814 – 16 January 1864) was a Scottish peer. Served as 66th Grand Master Mason of Scotland 1843-1863. Grand master of England from 1843 until his death in January, 1864.[1]
  • John Stewart-Murray, 8th Duke of Atholl (15 December 1871 – 16 March 1942), Scottish soldier and Conservative politician. Served as 79th Grand Master Mason of Scotland 1909-1913.[1]
  • Smith D. Atkins (June 9, 1836 – March 27, 1913), American newspaper editor, lawyer, and a Union Army colonel during the American Civil War.[1]
  • Arthur K. Atkinson (19 October 1891-?), President of the Wabash Railroad in the mid-20th century. Member of University City Lodge No. 649, Missouri.[1]
  • George W. Atkinson (June 29, 1845 – April 4, 1925) Tenth Governor of West Virginia. Raised in Kanawha Lodge No. 20, Charleston, West Virginia October 12, 1866. Grand master of West Virginia in 1876 and Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia from 1897 to 1901.[1]
  • William Yates Atkinson (November 11, 1854 – August 8, 1899) 55th Governor of Georgia.[1]
  • William Wallace Atterbury (January 31, 1866 – September 20, 1935) Tenth president of the Pennsylvania Railroad. American Brigadier General during World War I and built the American Army railroads in France during the War. Raised in Colonial Lodge No. 631, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1895.[1]
  • John James Audubon (1785–1851), American Ornithologist and Artist[42]
  • Red Auerbach[55]
  • John Auldjo (1805–1886), British Explorer, Alpinist, Engraver and Author[43]
  • Henry Aurand (November 16, 1894 – 1980), Career United States Army officer who served in World War I, World War II and the Korean War. Member of Shamokin Lodge No. 255, Shamokin, Pennsylvania.[1]
  • Moses Austin (October 4, 1761 – June 10, 1821) Secured a grant of 200,000 acres in the province of Texas (under New Spain) on Jan. 17, 1821, but died on his return trip to home in Missouri. His son Stephen F. Austin carried out the colonization of Texas.[1]
  • Stephen F. Austin (1793–1836), Secretary of State for the Republic of Texas. Louisiana Lodge No. 109, Missouri.[10]
  • Warren Austin (November 12, 1877 – December 25, 1962) American politician and statesman; among other roles, he served as Senator from Vermont and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Raised in Brattleboro Lodge No. 102 at Burlington, Vermont.[1]
  • Gene Autry (1907–1998), Movie and television star, Catoosa Lodge No. 185, Oklahoma[11][56][57]
  • William H. Avery (August 11, 1911 – November 4, 2009) 37th Governor of Kansas. Received degrees in Wakefield Lodge No. 396, Wakefield, Kansas.[1]
  • Samuel Beach Axtell (October 14, 1819 – August 7, 1891). Notable for being the most controversial Chief Justice of the New Mexico Territorial Supreme Court; corrupted administration as Governor of New Mexico; brief tenure as Governor of Utah; and two term Congressman from California. Member of Amador Lodge No. 65, Jackson, California.[1]
  • Charles Brantley Aycock (November 11, 1859 – April 4, 1912) 50th Governor of the State of North Carolina. He served as grand orator of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina in 1897.[1]
  • William Augustus Ayres (April 19, 1867 – February 17, 1952) Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas.[1]
  • Allen Bristol Aylesworth (1854–1952), Canadian politician.[58]
  • William Edmondstoune Aytoun (21 June 1813 – 4 August 1865) Scottish lawyer and poet. Active member the Scottish grand lodge and representative there of the Grand Lodge Royal York of Germany.[1]
  • Miguel de Azcuénaga (June 4, 1754 – December 19, 1833) was an Argentine patriot.[1]

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  • Frederick H. Babbitt (1859–1931), American politician, president Vermont State Senate 1912–13 [59]
  • Johann Christian Bach (1735–1782), European composer. Lodge of Nine Muses No. 235, London.[1][60]
  • Nahum J. Bachelder (September 3, 1854 – April 22, 1934), 49th governor of New Hampshire.[1]
  • Irving Bacheller (September 26, 1859 – February 24, 1950), American journalist and writer. Raised Dec. 5, 1899 in Kane Lodge No. 454, New York.[1]
  • Augustus Octavius Bacon (October 20, 1839 – February 14, 1914), U.S. Senator from Georgia.[1]
  • Robert L. Bacon (July 23, 1884 – September 12, 1938), American banker, Lieutenant Colonel, and congressman from New York.[1]
  • Walter W. Bacon (January 20, 1880 – March 18, 1962), 60th Governor of Delaware. Member of St. John's Lodge No. 2, New Castle, Delaware, being raised July 2, 1902. Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Delaware in 1915.[1]
  • Robert Baddeley (1733–1794), English actor of the Drury Lane Theatre in London. Member of St. Alban's Lodge No. 29, London.[1]
  • Arthur P. Bagby (1794 – September 21, 1858), Tenth Governor of the State of Alabama. Served as grand orator of the Grand Lodge of Alabama.[1]
  • John J. Bagley (July 24, 1832 – July 27, 1881), 16th Governor of Michigan. Member of Charity Lodge No. 94, Detroit, Michigan.[1]
  • Karl Friedrich Bahrdt (August 25, 1741 – April 23, 1792), German theologian and adventurer. Freemason, who with other Freemasons founded the "German Union" or the "Two and Twenty" society at Halle.[1]
  • Michael Baigent (1948–2013), British author and former editor of Freemasonry Today. Lodge of Economy No 76, Winchester.[61]
  • Carl Edward Bailey (October 8, 1894 – October 23, 1948), 31st Governor of Arkansas. Received 32° at Little Rock, May 25, 1928.[1]
  • James E. Bailey (August 15, 1822 – December 29, 1885), United States Senator from Tennessee. Member of Clarksville Lodge No. 89, Clarksville, Tennessee.[1]
  • John O. Bailey (September 26, 1880 – February 16, 1959), American judge and politician in the state of Oregon. He was 27th Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. Raised in Doric Lodge No. 132, Portland, Oregon about 1920.[1]
  • Nat Bailey (January 31, 1902 – March 27, 1978), American-born Canadian restaurateur, founder of White Spot. Mount Lebanon Lodge No. 72, Vancouver.[62]
  • Theodorus Bailey (April 12, 1805 – February 14, 1877), United States Navy officer during the American Civil War. Raised in Washington Lodge No. 21, New York City on March 3, 1829.[1]
  • Thomas L. Bailey (January 6, 1888 – November 2, 1946), 48th Governor of Mississippi.[1]
  • John Baird, 1st Viscount Stonehaven (1874–1941), British Politician, Member of Parliament (1910–1925), Governor-General of Australia (1925–1931). Grand Master of New South Wales (1928–1930)[6]
  • Bryant Baker (July 8, 1881 – March 29, 1970), British-born American sculptor. Sculpted the 17 foot bronze of George Washington at the Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. Member of Constitutional Lodge No. 294 at Beverly, Yorkshire, England.[1]
  • Howard Baker, Sr. (January 12, 1902 – January 7, 1964), United States Representative from Tennessee.[1]
  • James Marion Baker (18 August 1861 – 1940), American political figure. Held the position of Secretary of the United States Senate from 1913–1919.[1]
  • Nathaniel B. Baker (September 29, 1818 – September 11, 1876), 24th Governor of New Hampshire. A member of Western Star Lodge No. 100, Clinton, Iowa.[1]
  • Phil Baker (August 26, 1896 – November 30, 1963), American comedian and emcee on radio. Also a vaudeville actor, composer, songwriter, accordionist and author. Raised in Keystone Lodge No. 235, New York City.[1]
  • Samuel Aaron Baker (November 7, 1874– September 16, 1933) 36th Governor Missouri. Member of Jefferson Lodge No. 43, Jefferson City, Missouri.[1]
  • Simmons Jones Baker (1775–1853), US physician, planter, and legislator. Grand Master of Masons of North Carolina in 1832 and again in 1840. Laid the cornerstone of the state capitol building in Raleigh, North Carolina on July 4, 1833.[63][64][65][66]
  • Simon Strousse Baker (July 11, 1866 - October 10, 1932), 6th president of Washington & Jefferson College.[1]
  • Walter Ransom Gail Baker (November 30, 1892 – October 30, 1960), American electrical engineer. Founded the National Television System Committee, or NTSC, in 1940.[1]
  • Mikhail Bakunin (1814–1876), Russian revolutionary. Lodge Il Progresso Sociale, Florence 1864,[67]
  • Antonio González de Balcarce (June 24, 1774 – August 15, 1819), Argentine military commander in the early 19th century.[1]
  • Nicolae Bălcescu (1819–1852), Romanian historian, journalist and 1848 revolutionary.[25]
  • Bernt Balchen (23 October 1899 – 17 October 1973), Pioneer polar aviator, navigator, aircraft mechanical engineer and military leader. Member of Norseman Lodge No. 878 of Brooklyn, New York. With Admiral Byrd they dropped Masonic flags over the two poles, and dropped his Kismet Temple Shrine fez over the South Pole.[1]
  • H. C. Baldridge (November 24, 1868 – June 8, 1947), 14th Governor of Idaho. Raised in Parma Lodge No. 49, Parma, Idaho in 1923.[1]
  • Henry Baldwin (1780–1844), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Master of Lodge No. 45 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1805[1][68]
  • Harold Ballard (1903–1990), National Hockey League team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs). Corinthian No. 481, GRC, Toronto, ON.[5]
  • Hosea Ballou (April 30, 1771 – June 7, 1852) was an American Universalist clergyman and theological writer. Member of Warren Lodge No. 23 at Woodstock, Vermont and served as master in 1807.[1]
  • Robert C. Baltzell (August 15, 1879 – October 18, 1950), United States federal judge.[1]
  • Charles-Louis Balzac (1752-1820), French architect and sometimes poet. Founded the Lodge of the Great Sphinx at Paris.[1]
  • Fred B. Balzar (June 15, 1880 – March 21, 1934), 15th Governor of Nevada. Raised Aug. 28, 1908 in Inyo Lodge No. 221 at Independence, California. and later affiliated with Carson Lodge No. 1, Carson City, Nevada.[1]
  • Simon Bamberger (February 27, 1846 – October 6, 1926), Fourth Governor of Utah.[1]
  • Harry Hill Bandholtz (1864 – May 11, 1925), United States Army Major General during World War I. KNown for preventing Romanian soldiers from removing Transylvanian treasures from the National Museum of Hungary in Budapest during the Romanian occupation of the city in 1919.[1]
  • John H. Bankhead (September 13, 1842 – March 1, 1920), U.S. senator from Alabama between 1907 and 1920. Confederate officer during the UNited States Civil War. Grand master of Grand Lodge of Alabama in 1883-1884.[1]
  • Joseph Banks (1743–1820), English botanist [30] Inverness Lodge, No. 4367[69][70][71]
  • Nathaniel P. Banks (January 30, 1816 – September 1, 1894), 24th Governor of Massachusetts, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Union general during the UNited States Civil War. Member of Monitor Lodge, Waltham, Massachusetts.[1]
  • William V. Banks, Founder of the first black-owned and black-operated television station in the United States[72]
  • Parke M. Banta (November 21, 1891 – May 12, 1970), U.S. Representative from Missouri. Raised in Potosi Lodge No. 131 at Potosi, Missouri about 1916, served as master in 1923.[1]
  • Orion Metcalf Barber (July 13, 1857 – March 28, 1930), Vermont state politician and a judge of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals.[1]
  • Clarence Barbour (April 21, 1867 – January 16, 1937), American Baptist clergyman and educator most notable for having served as the president of Brown University. Served as Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodges of both New York and Rhode Island.[1]
  • James Barbour (June 10, 1775 – June 7, 1842), 18th Governor of Virginia, a U.S. Senator from 1814–1825, and the United States Secretary of War from 1825-1828. Member of Stephensburg Lodge No. 40, Stevensburg, Virginia.[1]
  • McClelland Barclay (1891–1942) American painter of pin-up art and war propaganda posters.[1]
  • Malcolm Barclay-Harvey (1890–1969), British politician and colonial administrator, Member of Parliament(1923–1929, 1931–1939), Grand Master of Scotland (1949–1953)[1][54]
  • Guy K. Bard (October 24, 1895 – November 23, 1953) Pennsylvania educator. Later became a judge of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.[1]
  • Samuel Bard (April 1, 1742 – May 24, 1821), American physician who founded the first medical school in New York. Personal physician to George Washington. Member of Union Lodge, New York.[1]
  • Thomas R. Bard (December 8, 1841 – March 5, 1915), United States Senator from California. Member of Hueneme Lodge No. 311, California.[1]
  • Graham Arthur Barden (25 September 1896 – 29 January 1967), U.S. Congressman from North Carolina.[1]
  • Clinton L. Bardo (1868 – 1937) American industrialist whose career included stints as general manager of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad and president of New York Shipbuilding Corporation.[1]
  • Walter S. Baring, Jr. (September 9, 1911 – July 13, 1975), United States Representative from Nevada. Raised in May 1941, Reno Lodge No. 13.[1]
  • William Julius Barker (June 25, 1886 – April 13, 1968), United States federal judge.[1]
  • Elmer E. Barlow (May 18, 1887 – June 26, 1948), American jurist from Wisconsin.[1]
  • Joel Barlow (March 24, 1754 – December 26, 1812), American poet, diplomat, and politician. Member of St. Johns Lodge No 4., Hartford, Connecticut.[1]
  • Francis Stillman Barnard (1856–1936), Canadian politician and Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Raised: Victoria Columbia No. 1. April 17, 1887[73]
  • Isaac D. Barnard (July 18, 1791 – February 28, 1834), UNited States Senator from Pennsylvania.[1]
  • Thomas John Barnardo (1845–1905), British philanthropist [30]
  • Cassius McDonald Barnes American Civil War soldier, lawyer and politician who served as the 4th Governor of Oklahoma Territory. Master of Guthrie Lodge No. 35, Guthrie OKlahoma in 1902.[1]
  • James M. Barnes (January 9, 1899 - June 8, 1958), United States Representative from Illinois. Member of Jacksonville Lodge No. 570, Jacksonville, Illinois.[1]
  • Will C. Barnes (June 21, 1858 – December 17, 1936), American author, rancher, and state legislator in Arizona and New Mexico. Received the Medal of Honor for bravery at the Battle of Fort Apache.[1]
  • Joshua Barney (6 July 1759 – 1 December 1818), American naval officer. Served in the Continental Navy during the Revolutionary War and would later achieved the rank of commodore in the United States Navy. Also served in the War of 1812. He was made a Freemason in the Lodge of the Nine Sisters, Paris, France in 1799 (although other sources state that he was raised in Lodge No. 3, Philadelphia, Pa. on May 17, 1777, and still another lists him as a member of No. 3 on May 1, 1777). He was a visitor of Lodge No. 2, Philadelphia on June 16, 1780.[1]
  • Maurice Victor Barnhill (1887–1963) Associate justice (1937–1954) and Chief Justice (1954–1956) of the North Carolina Supreme Court.[1]
  • Simion Bărnuţiu (1808–1864), Romanian philosopher and politician.[74]
  • Henry A. Barnum (September 24, 1833 – January 29, 1892), United States Army officer during the American Civil War and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Member of Syracuse Lodge No. 102, Syracuse, New York.[1]
  • William Henry Barnum (September 17, 1818 – April 30, 1889) U.S. Senator from Connecticut. Member of Montgomery Lodge No. 13 at Lakeville, Connecticut.[1]
  • Diego Martínez Barrio (1883–1962), Prime minister of Spain and founder of the Republican Union Party[75]
  • Samuel Barrett (1879-1965), American anthropologist and linguist who studied Native American peoples.[1]
  • Lewis O. Barrows (June 7, 1893 – January 30, 1967), 57th Governor of Maine.[1]
  • John Barry (March 25, 1745 – September 13, 1803), Officer in the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War and later in the United States Navy. Initiated in Lodge No. 2, Philadelphia, Pa. on Oct. 12, 1795. Suspended for non-payment of dues in 1800.[1]
  • William T. Barry (February 5, 1784 – August 30, 1835), United States POstmaster General during the Jackson Administration. United States Senator from Kentucky. Member of Lexington Lodge No. 1, Lexington, Ky. and later of Davies Lodge No. 22 of Lexington. was elected an honorary member of Federal Lodge No. 1, Washington, D.C on Jan. 4, 1830.[1]
  • John L. Barstow (February 21, 1832 – June 28, 1913), 39th Governor of Vermont.[1]
  • Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (1834–1904), Sculptor of New York's Statue of Liberty. Lodge Alsace-Lorraine, Paris.[1][76]
  • Harold Roe Bartle (June 25, 1901 – May 9, 1974) American businessman, philanthropist, Boy Scout executive, and professional public speaker. Served two terms as mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. Member of Lebanon Lodge No. 87 in Kentucky plus the Ararat Shriners of Kansas City, Missouri.[1][1]
  • John H. Bartlett (March 15, 1869 – March 19, 1952), 57th Governor of New Hampshire.[1]
  • Josiah Bartlett (November 21, 1729 – May 19, 1795) American physician and statesman, delegate to the Continental Congress for New Hampshire and signatory of the Declaration of Independence. He was later Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court of Judicature and Governor of the state. Although his lodge is not known, his great grandson, Levi S. Bartlett, had a letter written by Josiah to his son Ezra saying, "I attended a Mason meeting last night, and as soon as you can I wish you would join the Masons.”[1]
  • Robert Bartlett (August 15, 1875 – April 28, 1946) Canadian navigator and Arctic explorer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[1]
  • Francesco Bartolozzi (25 September 1725 – 7 March 1815) Italian engraver. Was an early member of the Lodge of Nine Muses No. 235, London. The frontispiece of the 1784 edition of the Book of Constitutions is his engraving.[1]
  • Edmund Barton (1849–1920), First Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia, Speaker of the legislative assembly.[10][77][78][79][80][81] Initiated: Australian Lodge of Harmony No. 556 English Constitution in Sydney on 13 March 1878[1][80][81][82]
  • William Barton (1748–1831), Officer in the Continental Army during the American War of Independence who retired with the rank of colonel. Became a member of St. John's Lodge, Providence, Rhode Island in 1779.[1]
  • William "Count" Basie (1904–1984), Jazz orchestra leader and composer. Wisdom Lodge No. 102 (Prince Hall), Chicago.[10][46]
  • Charles Baskerville (1870-1922), American chemist.[1]
  • Edward Bass (November 23, 1726 – September 10, 1803), First American Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts and second bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island. Admitted as a member of St. John's Lodge No. 1 of Portsmouth, New Hampshire on April 12, 1758. Served as grand chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in 1768.[1]
  • Perkins Bass (October 6, 1912 – October 25, 2011) Four term U.S. Representative from New Hampshire. Member of Altemont Lodge No. 26, Peterborough, New Hampshire.[1]
  • Richard Napoleon Batchelder (July 27, 1832 – January 4, 1901), United States Army Officer and the 18th Quartermaster General of the United States Army. Awarded the Medal of Honor in 1891. Member of Lafayette Lodge No. 41 at Manchester, New Hampshire.[1]
  • William B. Bate (October 7, 1826 – March 9, 1905), American soldier and politician. Governor of Tennessee from 1883 to 1887, and United States Senator from 1887 until his death. Major general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. Member of King Solomon Lodge No. 94, Gallatin, Tennessee.[1]
  • Edward Bates (September 4, 1793 – March 25, 1869) United States lawyer and statesman. First attorney general of Missouri after it was admitted as a state. United States Attorney General under Lincoln from 1861 to 1864. Was a member of Missouri Lodge No. 12, under Tennessee charter (later Missouri No. 1). Was active in the formation of the Grand Lodge of Missouri. Served four terms as grand master, 1825-26-27-31.[1]
  • Frederick Bates (1777–1825), Governor of Missouri.[1][10]
  • Isaac C. Bates (January 23, 1779 – March 16, 1845) American politician from Massachusetts serving in both houses of the U.S. Legislature. Member of Jerusalem Lodge Northhampton, Massachusetts.[1]
  • John L. Bates (September 18, 1859 – June 8, 1946), 41st Governor of Massachusetts. Member Baalbec Lodge, Boston.[1]
  • Joe B. Bates (October 29, 1893 – September 10, 1965), United States Representative from Kentucky.[1]
  • Thomas Bath (1875–1956), Australian politician, former Western Australian Leader of the Opposition, involved in founding of Lodge Bonnie Doon, 839, S.C.[83]
  • Charles Bathurst (1867–1958), Governor-General of New Zealand, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand[84]
  • John S. Battle (July 11, 1890 – April 9, 1972), 56th Governor of Virginia. Member of Charlottesville Lodge No. 5 Charlottesville, Virginia.[1]
  • Laurie C. Battle (May 10, 1912 – May 2, 2000), United States Representative from Alabama. Member of Docena Lodge No. 815, Docena, Alabama as well as the Zamora Shriners and ORder of the Eastern Star Chapter 118 in Birmingham.[1]
  • Warner Baxter (March 29, 1889 – May 7, 1951), American film actor of the silent and early talkie period. Second person to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. Member Cahuenga Lodge No. 513 Hollywood, California.[1]
  • Birch Bayh (1928–), US Senator from Indiana from 1962–1981.[10]
  • Francis Baylies (October 16, 1783 – October 28, 1852), United States Representative from Massachusetts. Original lodge not known, but made honorary member of Mount Lebanon Lodge, Boston, Massachusetts on Jan. 26, 1835.[1]
  • George Lafayette Beal (May 21, 1825 – December 11, 1896) American politician from Maine who served in the Federal forces during the American Civil War. Member of Oxford Lodge No. 18, Norway, Maine.[1]
  • John V. Beamer (November 17, 1896 – September 8, 1964), United States Representative from Indiana. Member of Hanna Lodge No. 61, Wabash, Indiana.[1]
  • Henry J. Bean (November 13, 1853 – May 8, 1941) American politician and judge in Oregon. 24th Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court.[1]
  • Daniel Carter Beard (1850–1941), Founder of the Boy Scouts. Initiated in Mariner's Lodge No. 67, New York City, New York, and later affiliated with Cornucopia Lodge 563, Flushing, New York.[1][85]
  • William S. Beardsley (May 13, 1901 – November 21, 1954), 31st Governor of Iowa.[1]
  • John Beatty (December 10, 1749 – May 30, 1826), American physician and statesman. An officer of the Continental Army, he was appointed Commissary General for Prisoners with the rank of colonel. Was a member of the Continental Congress in 1784 and 1785. Was a member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey during the Third Congress. Raised in Trenton Lodge No. 5, Trenton, New Jersey. A past master of that lodge, he was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey in 1791. In 1792 he transferred his membership to Solomon's Lodge No. 1.[1]
  • Henry Somerset, 5th Duke of Beaufort (16 October 1744 – 11 October 1803), Grand master of Grand Lodge of England, 1767-71.[1]
  • Honoré Beaugrand (1848–1906), Politician, journalist, Fall River, MA Lodge 1873; assisted in founding Montreal Emancipation Lodge in 1897.[86]
  • Eugène de Beauharnais (3 September 1781 – 21 February 1824), Viceroy of Italy under Napoleon.[1]
  • Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont (1728–1810), French soldier, diplomat and spy. Raised: January, 1769, Lodge of Immortality No. 376, London[1][87]
  • Campbell Eben Beaumont (August 27, 1883 – November 19, 1954) was a United States federal judge from Kentucky.[1]
  • William Beaumont (November 21, 1785 – April 25, 1853), Surgeon in the U.S. Army who became known as the "Father of Gastric Physiology" following his research on human digestion. Raised in Harmony Lodge, Champlain, New York April 11, 1820.[1]
  • P. G. T. Beauregard (May 28, 1818 – February 20, 1893) American military officer, politician, inventor, writer, civil servant, and the first prominent general of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.[1]
  • Charles Bebb (10 April 1856 – 21 June 1942) British-American architect who designed the Washington State Capitol building.[1]
  • Stephen David Bechtel, Sr. (September 24, 1900 – March 14, 1989) Founder of the Bechtel Corporation and the president of the company from 1933 through 1960. Raised June 30, 1923 in Oakland Lodge No. 188 Oakland, California.[1]
  • Theodric Romeyn Beck (April 11, 1791 – November 19, 1855) American physician in New York specializing in medical jurisprudence who authored the first significant American book on forensic medicine, Elements of Medical Jurisprudence in 1823. Member of Masters Lodge No. 5, Albany, New York.[1]
  • Rudolph Zacharias Becker (9 April 1752 - 28 March 1822) German educator and author, and active Freemason of Gotha. Published an historical essay in 1786 on the Bavarian Illuminati titled Grundsatze Verfassung und Schicksale des Illumi- nates Order in Baiern.[1]
  • J. C. W. Beckham (August 5, 1869 – January 9, 1940) 35th Governor of Kentucky. Member of Duvall Lodge No. 6, Bardstown, Kentucky.[1]
  • John J. Beckley (August 4, 1757 – April 8, 1807) First Librarian of Congress as well as First and fourth Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Member of Williamsburg Lodge No. 6, Williamsburg, Virginia.[1]
  • Johann Beckmann (1739-1811), German scientific author and coiner of the word technology, to mean the science of trades. He was the first man to teach technology and write about it as an academic subject.[1]
  • Thomas Taylour, Earl of Bective, Grand Sovereign of the Red Cross of Constantine 1886.[88]
  • Gunning Bedford, Jr. (1747–1812), Signer of the US Constitution, first Grand Master of Masons in Delaware.[1][89]
  • Joseph D. Bedle (January 5, 1821 – October 21, 1894), 23rd Governor of New Jersey. Raised in Olive Branch Lodge No. 16, Freehold, New Jersey on April 24, 1857.[1]
  • Hamilton P. Bee (July 22, 1822 – October 3, 1897) American politician in early Texas who served one term as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives and later was a Confederate States Army general during the American Civil War. Member of Austin Lodge No. 12, Texas.[1]
  • Robert Livingston Beeckman (April 15, 1866 – January 21, 1935) 52nd Governor of Rhode Island.[1]
  • Carroll L. Beedy (1880–1947) United States Representative from Maine from 1921-1935.[1]
  • Wallace Beery (April 1, 1885 – April 15, 1949) American actor. Won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1931 film The Champ. Member of Blaney Lodge No. 271 of Chicago, Illinois.[1]
  • Lyall T. Beggs (November 9, 1899 – May 14, 1973), Wisconsin lawyer and politician. Past commander in chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.[1]
  • Josiah Begole (January 20, 1815 – June 5, 1896), U.S. Representative and the 19th Governor of Michigan. Member of Flint Lodge No. 23, Flint, MI.[1]
  • Robert S. Beightler (March 21, 1892 – February 12, 1978), U.S. Army Major General and Ohio political insider.[1]
  • Jonathan Belcher (8 January 1681/2[1] – 31 August 1757), American Colonial merchant, businessman, and politician from the Province of Massachusetts Bay during the American colonial period. Served simultaneously for over a decade as colonial governor of the British colonies of New Hampshire (1729–1741) and Massachusetts (1730–1741) and later for ten years as governor of New Jersey (1747–1757). Raised in an old "Guilde Lodge" in England in 1704–13 years before the founding of the G.L. of England. Reported as having been on the rolls of the craft in Nova Scotia at an early date. Was affiliated with St. John's Lodge in Boston.[1]
  • Manuel Belgrano (3 June 1770 – 20 June 1820), Argentine economist, lawyer, politician, and military leader. He took part in the Argentine Wars of Independence and created the Flag of Argentina. He is regarded as one of the main Libertadores of the country.[1]
  • Andrew Bell (1726–1809), Scottish printer, founder of the Encyclopædia Britannica[15]
  • Charles J. Bell (1858-1929), Scotch-Irish American businessman. He was a cousin of Alexander Graham Bell and as such was an early executive of Bell Telephone. Co-founder of the National Geographic Society, and was its first treasurer.[1]
  • Charles S. Bell (1880-1965), Lawyer and Jurist from Cincinnati. Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio 1942-1947.[1]
  • Francis Bell (1851–1936), Prime Minister of New Zealand [84]
  • Frank Bell (January 28, 1840 – February 13, 1927) Sixth Governor of Nevada. Member of Reno Lodge No. 13, and served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Nevada.[1]
  • John Bell (New Hapmshire) (July 20, 1765 – March 22, 1836), Governor of New Hampshire for one year (1828 to 1829). Member of St. John's Lodge No. 1, Portsmouth, New Hapmshire.[1]
  • John Bell (Tennessee) (February 18, 1796 – September 10, 1869), Tennessee Politician. Served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1827 to 1841, and in the U.S. Senate from 1847 to 1859. Speaker of the House for the 23rd Congress (1834–1835), and briefly served as Secretary of War during the administration of William Henry Harrison (1841). In 1860, he ran for president as the candidate for the Constitutional Union Party. Member of King Solomon Lodge No. 6 at Gallatin, Tennessee.[1]
  • Lawrence Dale Bell (April 5, 1894 – October 20, 1956), Founder of Bell Aircraft Corporation.[1]
  • Francis Bellamy (May 18, 1855 – August 28, 1931), Author of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance. Member of Little Falls Lodge No. 181, Little Falls, New York.[1]
  • Johann Joachim Bellermann (September 23, 1754 – October 25, 1842), German Hebraist and professor of theology at Berlin University.[1]
  • Harry H. Belt American educator, lawyer, and judge in the state of Oregon. 28th Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court.[1]
  • Giovanni Battista Belzoni (5 November 1778 – 3 December 1823), Also known as The Great Belzoni, was a prolific Italian explorer and pioneer archaeologist of Egyptian antiquities.[1]
  • Charles Albert "Chief" Bender (May 5, 1884 – May 22, 1954), Major League Baseball pitcher during the first two decades of the 20th century. Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953. Petitioned Robert A. Lamberton Lodge No. 487 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when 27 years of age and was raised on April 4, 1911. He was suspended for non-payment of dues in 1938, but reinstated in 1943.[1]
  • Edvard Beneš (1884–1948), President of Czechoslovakia (1935–1939, 1945–1948). Ian Amos Komensky Lodge No. 1, Prague.[1][90]
  • Conrado Benitez (1889 – January 4, 1971) Philippine statesman. Helped write the Philippine constitution. Grand Master of the Philippines.[1]
  • Alexander von Benckendorff (4 July 1781 or 1783 – 5 October 1844), Russian Cavalry General and statesman. Member of the Lodge of United Friends in Petersburg.[1]
  • Augustus W. Bennet (October 7, 1897 – June 5, 1983), United States Representative from New York. Member of Hudson River Lodge No. 607, Newburgh, New York, serving as master in 1930.[1]
  • William Stiles Bennet (November 9, 1870 – December 1, 1962), U.S. Representative from New York.[1]
  • Caleb P. Bennett (November 11, 1758 – May 9, 1836), American soldier and politician from Delaware. He was a veteran of the American Revolution and the War of 1812, and served as Governor of Delaware. Raised in Lodge No. 14 at Christina Ferry, Delaware on 16 January 1781.
  • Charles Edward Bennett (December 2, 1910 – September 6, 2003) U.S. Representative from Florida from 1949 to 1993. Member of Riverside Lodge No. 266, Jacksonville, Florida.[1]
  • Henry G. Bennett (December 14, 1886 – December 22, 1951), Prominent educational figure from Oklahoma. Served as the president of both Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma State University. He was appointed by Harry S. Truman as an Assistant Secretary of State.[1]
  • R. B. Bennett (1870–1947), Prime Minister of Canada 1930–1935.[1][10]
  • Thomas Bennett, Jr. (August 14, 1781 – January 30, 1865), 48th Governor of South Carolina. Member of Solomons Lodge No. 1, Charleston.[1]
  • Henry Arthur Benning (born August 8, 1879 - April 14, 1962), Vice president and general manager of the Amalgamated Sugar Company.[1]
  • Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour (1810–1861), Italian politician.[91]
  • Carville Benson (August 24, 1872 – February 8, 1929), U.S. Representative from Maryland.[1]
  • Elmer Austin Benson (September 22, 1895 – March 13, 1985) 24th Governor of Minnesota. Raised in Appleton Lodge No. 137, Appleton, Minnesota on January 3, 1917.[1]
  • William Benswanger (February 22, 1892 – January 15, 1972), President and chief executive of the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball franchise 1932 through 1946. Member of Lodge No. 45 of Pittsburgh.[1]
  • Charles Bent (November 11, 1799 – January 19, 1847) First civilian Governor of the New Mexico Territory in September 1846.[1]
  • Alvin Morell Bentley (August 30, 1918 – April 10, 1969) U.S. Representative from Michigan, Was one of the victims of the 1954 U.S. Capitol shootings. Member of Owosso Lodge No. 81, Owosso, Michigan.[1]
  • William Plummer Benton (December 25, 1828 – March 14, 1867) American lawyer and soldier who served in both the Mexican–American War and the American Civil War. Member of Webb Lodge No. 24 at Richmond, Indiana.[1]
  • Lloyd Bentsen (1921–2006), US Senator from Texas, Nominee (Democratic Party) for Vice President – 1988 [1][10]
  • Victor L. Berger (1860–1929) Founding member of the Social Democratic Party of America. U.S. Representative. Raised in Aurora Lodge No. 30, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Feb. 26, 1889.[1]
  • George Bergstrom (March 12, 1876 – 1955) American architect of Norwegian heritage noted for his design work on the Pentagon.[1]
  • Randolph C. Berkeley (January 9, 1875 – January 31, 1960) U.S. Marine Corps major general who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the United States occupation of Veracruz.[1]
  • Irving Berlin (1888–1989), Composer. Munn Lodge No.190, New York.[1][92][93]
  • Silvio Berlusconi (1936–), Italian media tycoon and politician, Prime Minister of Italy. Initiated in Lodge Propaganda Due – Expelled in 1981 (some say 1976) by the Grand Orient of Italy[94]
  • Remigio Morales Bermúdez (September 30, 1836 – April 1, 1894), President of Peru from 1890 to 1894.[1]
  • Alain Bernheim (1931–), musician and Masonic researcher. Loge Les Amis Discrets n° 26, Grande Loge Suisse Alpina[95]
  • Ben Bernie (May 30, 1891 – October 23, 1943), American jazz violinist and radio personality.[1]
  • Arnaud Berquin (September 1747 – 21 December 1791) French children's author.[1]
  • George L. Berry (September 12, 1882 – December 4, 1948) U.S. Senator from Tennessee from 1937 to 1938. One of the founders of the American Legion.[1]
  • Hiram Gregory Berry (August 27, 1824 – May 2, 1863), American politician and general in the Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War. Member of Aurora Lodge No. 50, Rockland, Maine.[1]
  • Ted Berry (1905–2000), American politician, first African American mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio.[96]
  • Tom Berry (April 23, 1879 – October 30, 1951) 14th Governor of South Dakota.[1]
  • Clifford K. Berryman (April 2, 1869 – December 11, 1949) Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist with the Washington Star newspaper from 1907-1949. Also a cartoonist for The Washington Post from 1891-1907. MEmber of Temple Noyes Lodge No. 32 of Washington, D.C.[1]
  • Paul Bert (17 October 1833 – 11 November 1886) French zoologist, physiologist and politician.[1]
  • Francisco Bertrand (1866–1926), Twice President of Honduras.[1]
  • Jöns Jacob Berzelius (20 August 1779 – 7 August 1848), Swedish chemist. Initiated in 1805 in St. John's Lodge St. Erik, at Stockholm.[1]
  • Walter Besant (14 August 1836 – 9 June 1901), Novelist and historian. Raised in Mauritius Lodge in 1862 and became master of Marquis of Dalhousie Lodge No. 1159, London, in 1873. Conceived the idea of establishing a lodge of research and as a result became one of the founders of the famous Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 of London, serving as its treasurer at one time.[1]
  • William Thomas Best (August 13, 1826 – May 10, 1897), English organist.[1]
  • Ramón Emeterio Betances (1827–1898), Puerto Rican politician and statesman. Logia Unión Germana, San Germán, Puerto Rico.[97]
  • Jackson Edward Betts (May 26, 1904 – August 13, 1993), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio. Raised in Findlay Lodge No. 227, Findlay, Ohio in 1931.[1]
  • Albert J. Beveridge (October 6, 1862 – April 27, 1927), American historian and United States Senator from Indiana. Member of Oriental Lodge No. 500, Indianapolis, Indiana.[1]
  • James R. Beverley (June 15, 1894— June 17, 1967), U.S. lawyer and Attorney General of Puerto Rico. While serving as Attorney General, also served twice as acting governor of Puerto Rico.[1]
  • Howard Landis Bevis (November 19, 1885 – April 24, 1968), 7th President of The Ohio State University. Raised in McMakin Lodge No. 120, Mt. Healthy, Ohio in 1911 and served as master of same in 1916.[1]
  • George Valentin Bibescu (1880–1941), Romanian aviation pioneer, Grand Master of Romanian Grand Lodge from 1911 to 1916.[25]
  • George M. Bibb (October 30, 1776 – April 14, 1859), 17th United States Secretary of the Treasury and two-term member of the U.S. Senate. Was the first master of Russellville Lodge No. 17, Russellville, Kenticky. and was master of Hiram Lodge No. 4, Frankfort, Kentucky. He was also past master of Lexington Lodge No. 1 at Lexington, and served as secretary in 1804. In 1804 he was grand master of Kentucky.[1]
  • Thomas Bibb (May 8, 1783 – September 20, 1839) Second Governor of Alabama from 1820 to 1821. Member of George Lodge No. 32, Warminster, Virginia.[1]
  • Dana X. Bible (October 8, 1891 – January 19, 1980), American football player, coach of football, basketball, and baseball, and college athletics administrator. Member of Mossy Creek Lodge No. 353, Jefferson City, Tennessee.[1]
  • Thomas Walter Bickett (February 28, 1869 – December 28, 1921), 54th Governor of North Carolina. Raised in Louisburg Lodge No. 413, Louisburg, North Carolina on October 2, 1901, demitting to William G. Hill Lodge No. 218 at Raleigh in 1921. In 1917 he was grand orator of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina.[1]
  • Edward Biddle (1738–1779) American soldier, lawyer, and statesman from Pennsylvania. Was a delegate to the First Continental Congress in 1774 and 1775. Raised in Lodge No. 2, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 29, 1763.[1]
  • Benjamin Alden Bidlack (September 8, 1804 – February 6, 1849), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Raised in Lodge No. 61, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on May 1, 1826.[1]
  • John Bidwell (August 5, 1819 – April 4, 1900), California pioneer and politician. Raised in San Jose Lodge No. 10 in 1851 and later affiliated with Chico Lodge No. 111.[1]
  • Albert Bierstadt (January 7, 1830 – February 18, 1902) German-American painter known for landscapes of the American West. Member of Holland Lodge No. 8, New York City.[1]
  • Timothy Bigelow (April 30, 1767 – May 18, 1821) was an American lawyer. Grand master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts two terms, 1806–08 and 1811-13.[1]
  • Benjamin T. Biggs (October 1, 1821 – December 25, 1893), 46th Governor of Delaware. Member of Union Lodge No. 5, Middletown, Delaware.[1]
  • John Bigler (January 8, 1805 – November 29, 1871), Third Governor of California. Initiated in Pacific Lodge, Long's Bar, Butte County, California. in 1850 and later a member of Tehama Lodge No. 3, Sacramento and Washington Lodge No. 20, Sacramento.[1]
  • Louis Pierre Édouard, Baron Bignon (3 January 1771 – 1841) French diplomat and historian.[1]
  • Theodore G. Bilbo (October 13, 1877 – August 21, 1947) 39th and 43rd Governor of Mississippi. US Senator from Mississippi. Raised April 17, 1899 in Claiborn Lodge No. 293 at Nashville, Tennessee and affiliated with Sherrard Byrd Lodge No. 353 at Poplarville, Mississippi. Eventually suspended for non-payment of dues.[1]
  • Henry Harrison Bingham (1841–1912), Union Army officer during the American Civil War, US Congressman from Pennsylvania. Chartiers Lodge #297, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.[47]
  • Hiram Bingham III (1875–1956), American explorer, discovered the ruins of Machu Picchu. Hiram Lodge No. 1, Connecticut[1][98]
  • Robert Worth Bingham (November 8, 1871 – December 18, 1937), Politician, judge, newspaper publisher and United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Past master of Falls City Lodge No. 376 of Louisville, Kentucky. At a meeting of the Grand Lodge of England, in the presence of the King and 8,000 Masons, he was created a past senior grand warden of that grand lodge.[1]
  • Stanislav Binički (1872–1942), Serbian musician [26]
  • Leon Milton Birkhead (1885 - 1954), American Unitarian minister.[1]
  • David B. Birney (May 29, 1825 - October 18, 1864), Union General in the American Civil War. Initiated in Franklin Lodge No. 134 of Philadelphia on Oct. 31, 1850.[1]
  • Francis Bischof (1904–1979), Queensland Australia Police Commissioner from 1958–1969.[99]
  • Henry Bishop, English composer of Home! Sweet Home![1][30]
  • William Bizzell (October 14, 1876—May 13, 1944), Fifth president of the University of Oklahoma and president of Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University).[1]
  • Sveinn Björnsson (27 February 1881 – 25 January 1952), First President of the Republic of Iceland. One of the founders of Edda Lodge in Reykjavik on Jan. 6, 1919 under the authority of the National Grand Lodge of Denmark and was later Grand master of Iceland.[1]
  • Frank S. Black (March 8, 1853 – March 22, 1913), American newspaper editor, lawyer and politician. Member of the United States House of Representatives from 1895 to 1897, and the 32nd Governor of New York from 1897 to 1898. Raised in King Solomon's Primitive Lodge No. 91 of Troy, New York and later affiliated with Roman Lodge No. 223 at Rome, New York.[1]
  • Hugo Black (1886–1971), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1937–1971). Birmingham Temple Lodge No. 836, Birmingham, Alabama[68]
  • James D. Black (September 24, 1849 – August 5, 1938), 39th Governor of Kentucky. Grand master of Grand Lodge of Kentucky in 1888-89.[1]
  • John Black (November 12, 1832 - January 22, 1838), Politician from the U.S. state of Mississippi, most notably serving in the United States Senate as a Whig from 1832 to 1838. Member of Rising Virtue Lodge No. 7.[1]
  • John C. Black (January 27, 1839 – August 17, 1915), U.S. Congressman from Illinois and received the Medal of Honor for his actions as a Union Army lieutenant colonel and regimental commander at the Battle of Prairie Grove during the American Civil War. Member of Olive Branch Lodge No. 38, Danville, Illinois, and grand orator of the Grand Lodge of Illinois from 1994-1895.[1]
  • Lloyd Llewellyn Black (March 15, 1889 – August 23, 1950), United States federal judge.[1]
  • Samuel W. Black (September 3, 1816 – June 27, 1862), Lawyer, soldier, judge, and politician. 7th Governor of the Nebraska Territory. Killed in action leading his regiment in a charge early in the Civil War. Member of St. John's Lodge No. 219, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1]
  • Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn (October 1, 1838 – September 12, 1918), U.S. Representative and Senator from Kentucky.[1]
  • Luke P. Blackburn (June 16, 1816 – September 14, 1887), 28th governor of Kentucky. Member of Landmark Lodge No. 41, Versailles, Kentucky.[1]
  • Robert E. Lee Blackburn (April 9, 1870 – September 20, 1935), U.S. Representative from Kentucky.[1]
  • Isaac Blackford (November 6, 1786 – December 31, 1859), Second Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. Member of Harmony Lodge No. 11 at Brookville, INdiana.[1]
  • William W. Blackney (August 28, 1876 – March 14, 1963), U.S. Representative from Michigan.[1]
  • J. Stuart Blackton (January 5, 1875 – August 13, 1941), Anglo-American film producer, considered the father of American animation. Member of Centennial Lodge No. 763, New York City.[1]
  • Ken Blackwell (1948–), American politician and activist, mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio from 1979 to 1980 and Ohio Secretary of State from 1999 to 2007.[96]
  • Ibra Charles Blackwood (November 21, 1878 – February 12, 1936), 97th Governor of South Carolina. Raised in Spartan Lodge No. 70, Spartanburg, South Carolina 20 August 1903. Grand Lodge of South Carolina.[1]
  • James Thomas Blair, Jr. (March 15, 1902 – July 12, 1962), 44th Governor of Missouri. Raised in Jefferson Lodge No. 43, Jefferson City, Missouri, 14 October 1925.[1]
  • John Blair, Jr. (1732–1800), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1789–96), and Grand Master of Virginia from 1778 to 1784.[68]
  • William Rufus Blake (1805 – 22 April 1863), Canadian stage actor. Member of Independent Royal Arch Lodge No. 2 of New York City.[1]
  • Mel Blanc (1908–1989), American voice actor. Mid Day Lodge No. 188, Oregon [100]
  • Antonio Guzmán Blanco (28 February 1829 – 28 July 1899), Three-time President of Venezuela.[1]
  • Richard P. Bland (August 19, 1835 – June 15, 1899), U.S. Representative from Missouri. Member of Rolla Lodge No. 213, Rolla, Missouri.[1]
  • Theodorick Bland (March 21, 1741 – June 1, 1790), Represented Virginia in both the Continental Congress and the United States House of Representatives. Present at Williamsburg Lodge No. 6 on 7 July 1778.[1]
  • William Thomas Bland (January 21, 1861 – January 15, 1928), U.S. Representative from Missouri.[1]
  • Henry G. Blasdel (January 29, 1825 – July 26, 1900), First Governor of Nevada. Member of Santa Cruz Lodge No. 38, Santa Cruz, California and later past master of Carson Lodge No. 1, Carson City, Nevada.[1]
  • Samuel Blatchford (1820–1893), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1882–1893)[1][68]
  • Valentin Blatz (October 1, 1826 – May 26, 1894) German-American brewer and banker. Founder of Blatz Beer. Member of Aurora Lodge No. 10, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1]
  • Cadwallader Blayney, 9th Baron Blayney (1720–1775), Grand Master of the Moderns from 1764–67 and of Ireland in 1768.[1]
  • Jesse Bledsoe (April 6, 1776 – June 25, 1836), U.S. Senator from Kentucky. Member of Lexington Lodge No. 1, Lexington, Kentucky and past master of same. Grand Tyler of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky in 1808.[1]
  • Samuel T. Bledsoe (May 12, 1868 – March 8, 1939) 16th president of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.[1]
  • Harman Blennerhassett (8 October 1764 - 2 February 1831) Anglo-Irish lawyer, and politician. Member of Harmony Lodge No. 1 at Natchez, Mississippi among others.[1]
  • Archie Bleyer (June 12, 1909 - March 20, 1989) American song arranger, bandleader, and record company executive. Member of St. Cecile Lodge No. 568, New York City.[1]
  • Aaron T. Bliss (May 22, 1837 – September 16, 1906), U.S. Representative from and the 25th Governor of Michigan. Member of Saginaw Valley Lodge No. 154 at Saginaw, Michigan.[1]
  • Moses Bloom (1833–1893), Iowa politician.[101]
  • Dimitrie Bolintineanu (1819–1872), Romanian poet, politician, 1848 revolutionary.[25]
  • Simón Bolívar (1783–1830), Leader of South American independence. (Initiated: Cádiz, Spain)[85] Founding brother of Lodge Order and Liberty No. 2, Peru, 1824[102]
  • Cezar Bolliac (1813–1881), Romanian politician, amateur archaeologist, journalist and Romantic poet.[25]
  • Shadrach Bond (1773–1832), American politician, first Governor of Illinois.[103]
  • Omar Bongo (1935–2009), President of Gabon.[104]
  • Andrés Bonifacio (1863–1897), Leader during Philippine Revolution from Spain. Taliba Lodge No. 165 under Gran Oriente Español (Spanish Grand Lodge).[105]
  • Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Earl of Lathom (1837–1898), British politician[34]
  • Robert Borden (1854–1937), Prime Minister of Canada. St. Andrew's Lodge No. 1, Halifax, Nova Scotia[106]
  • Gutzon Borglum (1867–1941), American sculptor, planned and started sculpture on Mount Rushmore. Raised in Howard Lodge No. 35.[107]
  • Lincoln Borglum (1912–1986), Son of Gutzon Borglum, completed the Mount Rushmore project; raised in Battle River Lodge No. 92.[107]
  • Ernest Borgnine (1917–2012), American Actor. Abingdon Lodge No. 48;[108] however another source indicates Melrose Lodge No. 63, California[109]
  • James Boswell (1740–1795), British Biographer, raised in Canongate Kilwinning Lodge at Edinburgh, 1759[47][110]
  • Pik Botha (1932–), South African politician [111]
  • Mackenzie Bowell (1823–1917), Prime Minister of Canada from 1894–1896[85]
  • James Bowie (1796–1836), Frontiersman, Inventor of the Bowie knife. L'Humble Chaumiere Lodge No. 19 Opelousas, Louisiana.[112]
  • William D. Boyce (1858–1929), Founder of the Boy Scouts of America[113]
  • William Boyd, 4th Earl of Kilmarnock (1704–1746), Jacobite politician, Grand Master of Scotland (1742–1743)[54]
  • Charles Bradlaugh (1833–1891), 19th century Atheist and Republican MP, Grand Lodge des Philadelphes, London (resigned his affiliation with English Freemasonry in 1874, but maintained an affiliation with a French Lodge)[114]
  • Omar Bradley (1893–1981), US General. West Point Lodge No. 877, New York[85]
  • Tom Bradley (1917–1998), American politician, Mayor of Los Angeles, California, 1973 to 1993.[96]
  • Donald Bradman (1908–2001), Australian Cricketer. Initiated Lodge Arcadia No 177 UGLNSW on 11 June 1920[31][115][116][117][118][119]
  • Johannes Brahms (1833–1897), German Composer.[31][120]
  • Christoffel Brand (1797–1875), First Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Cape Colony[121]
  • Joseph Brant (1743–1807), Principal Chief of the Six Nations Indians. Initiated in Lodge No. 417, 1776. First Master of Lodge No. 11, Mohawk Village (near Brantford) in 1798.[5]
  • Dimitrie Brătianu (1818–1892), Prime Minister of Romania (1881).[25]
  • Ion C. Brătianu (1821–1891), Romanian politician, three-time Prime Minister of Romania.[25]
  • David Brearley (1745–1790), Signer of the U.S. Constitution on behalf of New Jersey, the first Grand Master of Masons for the State of New Jersey.[122]
  • Anders Behring Breivik, Arrested for 2011 Norway attacks.[123] Was a member of Lodge St. Olaus T.D. Tre Søiler No. 8 in Oslo.[124] Formally excluded (expelled) from Freemasonry in 2011.[125]
  • Walter Breuning, World's oldest man at the time of his death of natural causes on April 14, 2011, aged 114 years, six months, twenty-five days. Member of Great Falls Lodge No. 118, Great Falls Montana for over 85 years.[126][127][128]
  • Geraldo Bright, English bandleader known as "Geraldo"[30]
  • Israel Brodie, Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the Commonwealth 1948–1965.[129]
  • William A. Brodie, Laid the foundation stone of the Statue of Liberty on August 5, 1884 as Grand Master of New York.[1]
  • Henry P. H. Bromwell (1823–1903), U.S. Congressman (1865–1869), Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Illinois in 1865. Author of Restorations of Masonic Geometry and Symbolry.[130]
  • Ringling Brothers (all seven of them), American circus promoters[131]
  • Henry Brougham, Scottish abolitionist and founder of Edinburgh Review. Raised in Fortrose Lodge, Stornway, Scotland[47]
  • Clarence J. Brown, Newspaper publisher, Ohio politician, U.S. Representative,[132]
  • John Brown, Abolitionist, Hudson Lodge No. 68, Hudson, Ohio[133]
  • Charles Bruce, 5th Earl of Elgin, Scottish nobleman, Grand Master of Scotland (1761–1763) [54]
  • James Bruce (1730–1794), British explorer. Canongate Kilwinning Lodge[47][134]
  • Samuel von Brukenthal, Baron of the Holy Roman Empire.[25]
  • William Jennings Bryan, American politician, United States Congressman, U. S. Secretary of State and presidential candidate. Lincoln Lodge No. 19, Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]
  • James Buchanan, U.S. President,[85] Lodge No. 43, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Frank Buckles, Last living American veteran of World War I.[135]
  • Charles Buls, Mayor of Brussels[40]
  • Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, Politician and writer [136]
  • Luther Burbank, US horticulturist, botanist, agricultural science pioneer. Santa Rosa Lodge No. 57,[47]
  • Arleigh Burke, US Admiral[56] Supreme Temple Architect (Honored in 1997)[137]
  • Edmund Burke, Irish politician and philosopher [30]
  • Robert Burnaby, English explorer and businessman. First Past Master of Victoria Lodge No. 1085, District Grand Master (English) of British Columbia.[138]
  • David G. Burnet, Statesman, first President of the Republic of Texas (interim), Holland Lodge No.1 [139]
  • Frederick Russell Burnham, The American-born Victorian adventurer known as the father of Scouting. Chief Commissioner, Excelsior Lodge No. 195.[140]
  • Conrad Burns, US Senator from Montana[10]
  • Robert Burns, National poet of Scotland. St. David's Lodge No. 174, Tarbolton.[141]
  • James Burnett, Lord Monboddo, Scottish judge, Enlightenment scholar, philosopher and eccentric.[142]
  • Harold Hitz Burton, US Associate Justice (1945–1958)[68]
  • Richard Francis Burton, English explorer [30]
  • Billy Butlin, British philanthropist [30]
  • Daniel Butterfield, General of the Federal Army during the U.S. Civil War, Medal of Honor recipient and composer of the bugal song taps. Metropolitan Lodge No. 273, New York City.[3][143]
  • Cyriel Buysse, Flemish nationalist writer[40]
  • Harry F. Byrd, Governor of Virginia, United States Senator from Virginia. Hiram Lodge No. 21, Winchester, Virginia.[1]
  • Richard E. Byrd, US Admiral. Initiated in Federal Lodge No. 1 and founded First Antarctic Lodge No. 777 in 1935[47]
  • James F. Byrnes, US Associate Justice (1941–1942)[68]

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