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

by John Paul Gomez February 10, 2012



Steve Wozniak

Best known as: Co-founder of Apple Computers
Initiated: 1980
Member of: Charity Lodge No. 362, Campbell, CA
Quotable Quote: "You have to think offensively and defensively and see where your opponent is going to go. Your mind has to be totally aware of the whole situation. That doesn't come the first time you play.”

The Ringling Bros

Best known as: Entertainers
Initiated, Passed, and Raised: All of them between 1890-1891
Member of: Baraboo Lodge No. 34, WI

Eddie Murphy (Confirmed- not a Freemason. Confused with Audie Murphy who is a war hero and also an actor)

Best known as: A comedian
Initiated: Unknown
Member of: North Hollywood Lodge No. 542, CA (see note below)
Quotable Quote: “In reality, all men are sculptors, constantly chipping away the unwanted parts of their lives trying to create a masterpiece.”
Note: Though Eddie Murphy is listed as a Freemason in numerous Masonic websites (including Wikipedia's list of Famous Freemasons). I couldn't find any record of the date when he was Initiated, Passed, and Raised. I also wonder if some people have just confused him with Freemason Audie Murphy (1924-1971) of Hollywood Lodge No. 542, CA. 
EDIT (June 25, 2012): Bro. Jeff M., a member of North Hollywood Lodge No. 542 and Ken Butters confirmed that I (and wikipedia) have confused Audie Murphy with Eddie Murphy. Audie Murphy and not Eddie Murphy is a member of North Hollywood Lodge No. 542 where they have a special room dedicated in his memory. 

John Molson

Best known as: Founder of Molson Breweries
Initiated: Date unknown but he is known to have served as the Worshipful Master of St. Paul's Lodge from June to December 1791 and from June 1795 to June 1796. 
Member of: St. Paul's Lodge, No. 374

Antoine-Joseph "Adolphe" Sax

Best known as: The inventor of the Saxophone
Initiated: Unknown
Member of: Loge Les Vrais Amis de L'Union
Note:  His petition for initiation was found in the archives of the Lodge "Les Vrais Amis de l'Union" but no other record of his membership exists. 

Richard J. Gatling

Best known as: The inventor of the Gatling Gun
Initiated: Unknown
Member of: Center Lodge No. 23, Indianapolis, Ind

J. C. Penny

Best known as: Founder of JCPenney
Initiated: April 18, 1911, P. May 19, 1911, R. June 2, 1911
Lodge: Wasatch Lodge No. 1 F&AM Utah

Samuel Colt

Best know as: The inventor of the Revolver
Initiated: Unknown
Member of: St. John’s Lodge No. 4, Pythagoras Chapter No. 17, Washington Commandery No. 1, all of Hartford, CN

Frederick Louis Maytag

Best known as: Inventor of the automated washing machine
Initiated: I. April 23, P. May 14, R. Sept 13, 1887
Member of: Newton Lodge No. 59, Newton, Iowa

Louis Armstrong

Best known as: Jazz musician
Initiated: Unknown
Member of: Montgomery Lodge No. 18, Lodge of Montgomery No. 18, PHA, New York, NY (membership disputed. see notes below)
Note: According to historians, Louis Armstrong may have been a member of numerous "Masonic" groups but none of them are recognized by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge. 

John Paul Gomez
John Paul Gomez

Author

W. Bro. John Paul Gomez (aka Paul, JP, JPG) is an artist by trade and a full-time father-of-4. He currently serves as the W.M. for Doric Lodge No. 316 AF&AM in Ontario, Canada. He is a Senior DeMolay and an honorary member of Harmonie Lodge No. 699 F&AM in Buffalo, New York. He likes to cook and is a big fan of Muaythai.


28 Responses

MisterADHD
MisterADHD

January 13, 2021

masonry is good if you are building houses…But they say there’s 2 fathers and the angel of light is one of them hmm I’m not buying anybody here saying its good, THEY DEAL WITH THE OCCULT, FLIPPIN IDIOTS, IF YOU ARE IN A CULT YOU WILL DEFEND IT OBVIOUSLY LOL Like all of you here who have said people just see the symbols and think of conspiracies, we arent all nieve enough to believe that deluded cobble, y’all are lower level masons you don’t know their secrets and won’t get that far unless you are rich….

Mike
Mike

May 27, 2020

People should really stop pointing that Masonry is evil. They just fear what they don’t understand! I am proud to be a Member and Past Master of Joshua Lodge 1015 Chester

Mike
Mike

May 27, 2020

People should really stop pointing that Masonry is evil. They just fear what they don’t understand! I am proud to be a Member and Past Master of Joshua Lodge 1015 Chester

Jayson Maher
Jayson Maher

January 03, 2018

I thank the Highest Ranking Masons for rebirthing my Mind

Jayson Maher
Jayson Maher

January 03, 2018

if the world were all Masonic minded it would be a much better place

Jayson Maher
Jayson Maher

January 03, 2018

the masonic books alone especially morals and dogma got me closer to the Light Bringer got Me to the Truth and may the Universe through They bring you to IT too search and you shall find

GalaxyDave
GalaxyDave

August 21, 2018

May I be found worthy, and join the countless many who have been called “Brother”.

Bruce A. Alderson, Eastern Star Lodge, Rehoboth, MA
Bruce A. Alderson, Eastern Star Lodge, Rehoboth, MA

January 18, 2017

Working 24/7 to improve myself and contribute to a better world.

Eric Blair
Eric Blair

January 01, 2017

The Light Bearer cometh.

Dave
Dave

November 10, 2016

Is Matt Groening a Freemason?

Crystal
Crystal

April 28, 2016

I get tired of ppl making it seem like Masons are a cult. They aren’t at all. It is a group of men who believe in God and want to do better for themselves and help others. I see no problem in that. In this day in age, we need more people that believe in God and want to better themselves!

roland
roland

December 03, 2015

Making good men better Masonry.

Doing good for humanity and believing in a God is just fine.

Having rituals and signs can make some people sink into all kinds of conspiracy nonsense.

Thank God for Masonry and the Shriners, how many know they are all Freemasons.

So Mote it be.

MM. Scottish Rite. Scotsman/ Canadian.

Pro-Human
Pro-Human

September 05, 2015

No idea at all why people through out the world wants satisfactory results from someone who already is in need of help from the lame slaves through manipulation
Tbh if anyone asked me who is the dumbest ass on this planet ever existed or is breathing ?
I’d probably say people who are busting their ass 24/7 to be a 33 degree freemasonry or believe it is worth anything seriously one should always remember the last words of the guy that created the church of satan

Andrew Shirley
Andrew Shirley

August 31, 2015

As a lot of people assume masons are evil which is not true. People are evil and not the order of freemasons. in life if we can not be a part of something positive then we tend to talk negitively aganist it.

Andrew Shirley
Magnolia Lodge #3
Houston Tx

M
M

August 24, 2015

We are in the same boat.

M
M

August 24, 2015

God is know how to plan the world is beauty.

M
M

August 24, 2015

We are in the same boat.

Ramon Reyes
Ramon Reyes

December 06, 2013

Actor Ramon Reyes is a Freemason Coastal Lodge #57 Connecticut.

Gerald Edgar
Gerald Edgar

November 07, 2013

Mbr Mosaic #125 AF&AN @ Dubuque, Iowa
Re: Mick D – How Do I become a Mason?

yes, two Masons need to sign your Petition for the Degrees in Freemasonry. So if you do not know a Mason (undoubtedly some of your friends, neighbors &/or co-workers are Masons but not all wear Mason emblems such as rings, buckles, lapel pins, etc), just find your closest Masonic Lodge Hall. Many note their meeting times/dates in newspapers or their front door. Stop by 30" or so before a meeting and introduce your self. Many hold occasional “fellowship” nights for prospects.
You can also contact your local Lodge via their Internet site OR if they do not have one, contact the Grand Lodge of your State. They will have a local Mason(s) contact you. Good luck!

Mick D
Mick D

July 24, 2013

How does one become a freemason? I heard that two masons have to recommend you as the first step. What if I don’t know any freemasons? I see a masonic temple frequently and I have become interested in doing something to better myself. Thank you!

James  e christopher
James e christopher

February 22, 2013

I belong to mt.olive #83 in gulfport,ms

Jes7Os
Jes7Os

January 21, 2013

OMG, this is so evil.
I never knew that so many (famous) people would choose that evil way, but you reap what you sow.
No matter what you’re planing, you won’t succeed.
It’s no more a secret.

Jeff M.
Jeff M.

June 25, 2012

I am also a member of North Hollywood Lodge 542, and Bro. Audie Murphy was a member of our Lodge, not Hollywood Lodge, which has met in Encino, CA since the 30’s. We have honored him with a special room dedicated to him.

Ken Butters
Ken Butters

March 06, 2012

You should really delete Eddie Murphy, he’s not a Mason. It’s just confusion between him and Audi Murphy. You should post Audie’s profile as he was a fine Mason and an American war hero, and actor.

FraternalTies
FraternalTies

February 17, 2012

Bro. Robert, so is Eddie Murphy a member or people just confused him with Audie Murphy?

Robert
Robert

February 15, 2012

Lodge 542 is North Hollywood Lodge and I am a member.

FraternalTies
FraternalTies

February 14, 2012

Thanks for the info Mike! I’ll include Bro. Keith in Part 2.

S&F,

Paul

Mike
Mike

February 13, 2012

Don’t forget Alexander Keith, former GM of the GL of Nova Scotia and Brewmaster.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ae/Alexander_Keith.gif

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