Who Are Masons?

Masons are a group of men that meet in a Lodge (or Temple) regularly to study Masonry, share their experiences in Masonry, and build the future of Masonry together. Through these activities, the brothers of a lodge learn to take responsibility for their lives and to look after one another. They grow in manhood, in leadership, in mentorship, and in their sense of duty to God, neighbor, country, and family. 

The tenets of our fraternity promote justice, integrity, fortitude, prudence, temperance, brotherly love, relief, truth, and every moral and social virtue.  Through our three degrees (or rituals) each new member is exposed to the impressions which implant the seeds of these noble virtues in their hearts and minds. After their initiation into freemasonry, then the real work begins to cement them in as part of their everyday character. 

Please enjoy this video produced by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Washington which shares what one can expect to gain from Masonry:

Some famous Masons are:

  • George Washington
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Paul Revere
  • John Hancock
  • James Monroe
  • Samuel Adams
  • William Clark (from Lewis and Clark)
  • Meriwether Lewis (from Lewis and Clark)
  • Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • General Douglas MacArthur
  • Tyrus "Ty" Cobb
  • Nat King Cole
  • Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin
  • Albert Einstein
  • Richard Pryor
  • Henry Ford (founder of Ford Motor Company)
  • J. Edgar Hoover
  • W. Clement Stone
  • Swami Vivekananda
  • John Glenn (Astronaut)
  • Harry Houdini
  • Sam Houston
  • Gerald Ford
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson
  • Benito Juarez
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Voltaire
  • Simon Bolivar
  • Henry, Jack, and Samuel Warner (Warner Bros)
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Daniel Bagley
  • David Denny
  • Henry Yesler
  • Doc Maynard