Monitor Lodge No. 197

A.F. & A.M.
212 E. Mellen Street
Hampton, VA 23663


Who joins?

     Most are men who go about their jobs and professions with no hint they are Freemasons except for the way they lead their lives.  Many are readily recognizable by name, face, or accomplishment.  George Washington and thirteen other Presidents, eight Vice Presidents, and forty-two Justices of the Supreme Court have been Masons.

Some Notable Masons:


 Eddy  Arnold 

 Benjamin Franklin 

 Lauritz Melchior

 Roy Acuff

 Clark Gable

 James Monroe

 Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin             

 Benjamin Gilman                  

 Wolfgang A.  Mozart

 Gene Autry

 John Glenn

 Arnold Palmer

 L.  Van Beethoven

 Arthur Godfrey

 Dr. Norman V.  Peale

 Irving Berlin       

 Barry Goldwater 

 J. C.  Penney

 Simon Bolivar  

 John Hancock

 John Pershing

 Gutzon Borglum     

 Harry Hershfield 

 Eddie Rickenbacker

 Ernest Borgnine         

 Harry Houdini

 Will Rogers

 Omar Bradley

 Sam Houston

 Theodore Roosevelt

 Richard E.  Byrd   

 Hubert Humphrey

 Franklin D. Roosevelt

 Winston Churchill 

 Burl Ives

 David Sarnoff

 DeWitt Clinton

 Andrew Jackson

 John Sibelius

 Ty Cobb

 Al Jolson

 Red Skelton

 George M. Cohan

 John Paul Jones

 John Philip Sousa

 Davy Crockett 

 Jack Kemp

 Danny Thomas

 Norm Crosby 

 Rudyard Kipling

 Dave Thomas

 Cecil B. deMille

 Marquis de Lafayette

 Lowell Thomas

 Jack Dempsey 

 Fiorello Laguardia

 Harry S. Truman

 John Diefenbaker 

 Charles A.  Lindbergh

 George Washington

 Jimmy Doolittle

 Douglas MacArthur

 Thomas J. Watson

 Duke Ellington

 George C.  Marshall 

 John Wayne

 Sir Alexander Fleming

 Thurgood Marshall


 Gerald R. Ford 

 Charles Mayo


 Henry Ford 

 William McKinley


Excerpted from the publication "Who are the Masons" by the Masonic Information Center