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Famous Freemasons

A list of famous and celebrity Freemasons.

Freemasons come from all backgrounds, all belief systems, and all walks of life. So it’s no surprise that the list of famous Freemasons is very long—and varied. It includes everyone from actors and celebrities to artists and politicians. Let’s meet a few.

Celebrity Freemasons Throughout History

Here are a few famous Freemasons whose names you might recognize.

List of Famous “33rd-degree” Masons

The 33rd degree of Freemasonry is an honorary degree awarded by the Scottish Rite, an appendant Masonic order that typically bestows the fourth through 32nd degrees. In order to receive the degrees of the Scottish Rite, you must first receive the first three “craft” degrees of Freemasonry. The degree has earned celebrity status partly thanks to its sensationalized role in Dan Brown’s 2009 bestseller The Lost Symbol. In real life, it celebrates a Mason’s outstanding commitments to the fraternity.

In the U.S., about 100 Masons are awarded the 33rd degree each year. Throughout history, some well-known recipients include:

It’s worth noting: While the 33rd degree is an immense honor, it’s not considered any higher in rank than the third degree of Master Mason.

Further Reading

California Freemason Magazine: Faith of Our Fathers
California Freemason Magazine: The Masons of Jazz
California Freemason Magazine: In Their Words
California Freemason Magazine: Tales From a Masonic Pen
California Freemason Magazine: The Mayor of Dub
California Freemason Magazine: The Music Issue
300 Years of Freemasonry: Yesterday (1717-1940)
300 Years of Freemasonry: Today (1941-2017)
California Freemason Magazine: Acting on the Square
California Freemason Magazine: The Craft of Cooking