Throughout history there have been many famous masons. On multiple websites you can find listings of different masons and many are not all inclusive. There are many reasons for this:
- Some websites are interested in individual sayings or masons
- Some have a few lodge brothers of note
- Some times the list is simply incomplete.
Most people know that one of our founding fathers George Washington was a mason but there is another founding father of a different continent that was a mason that I wanted to point out in this post.
Simón Bolívar, a central figure in South America and is the equivalent of George Washington, to South America, as he fought for and won independence from the Spanish. Take a look around when traveling in South America ; Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima, or Caracas, I am sure you will find statues to him. Just as today you can find statues to George Washington all over the USA.
There is a public list of Notable Freemasons on Wikipedia:
Now the list is sorted alphabetically from last names of A-Z. You can browse through and read this list and find out more about the two Masons I mentioned on Wikipedia; Simon Bolivar and George Washington.
One of the things I like about Wikipedia is that they are very straight forward about their sources. When it comes to this list they know it is incomplete, however they publish right on it that you can help make it better and add to the list:
“This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.”
I hope you have found this post helpful, and you enjoy browsing the list and reading more about notable masons in history!
Also at the bottom of the Wikipedia page they list all 434 sources that they used to get this list – so if you will be asking them to add someone be sure to have a valid source. A source could be:
- A book you read
- An Official Lodge Web Site
- Government Documents
Basically anything that a college professor would accept as a source!
Enjoy the list and when reading it it is hard to not see how the values of the Fraternity have impacted the world that we live in today.