1901 -1938 1939 - 1964 1965 - 2000 2001 - 2016 PAST GRAND MASTERS
PAST MASTERS

1848 - 1900
  • Governor James Ponder 1848 - 1851 - ENDEAVOR LODGE #17 granted a Warrant of Constitution on June 24, 1848
  • Elisha Holland 1852- February 16-The Studebaker Brothers Wagon Company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established
  • Thomas A Moore 1853-1854 - 1853 Franklin Pierce assumes the Presidency of the US as its 14th President
  • Benton H. Johnson 1855-1857 - 1857 Brother James Buchanan a member of Lodge #43 Lancaster, PA became the 15th President of the US
  • James Cooper 1858 - October 28- Macy's Department Store, founded by Brother Roland H. Macy, opens for business
  • Joseph M. Houston 1859 - February 14- Oregon is admitted as the 33rd U.S. state.
  • Governor James Ponder 1860 - May 6- Brother Giuseppe Garibaldi and his troops depart from Quarto on the Expedition of the Thousand.
  • Benton H. Johnson 1861 - 1861 Abraham Lincoln installed as the 16th President of the US
  • John C. Lacy 1862-63- 1862 The Bureau of Internal Revenue, forerunner of the IRS, is founded.
  • John H. B. Mustard 1864-66- 1865 Brother Andrew Johnson a Tennessee Freemason sworn in as the 17th President of the US. He was a member of Greeneville Lodge No. 119 (now No. 3) at Greeneville, Tenn.
  • James A. Hopkins 1867-68 - March 29, 1867 - Cyrus "Cy" Young was born, became a Freemason and baseball player (d. 1955)
  • John H. B. Mustard 1869-70 -1869 Ulysses Simpson Grant starts his first term as the 18th President of the US
  • Samuel J. Martin 1871-72 - 1871 Great Chicago Fire leaves nearly 100,000 people homeless (October 8)
  • John H. B. Mustard 1873 - Coors Brewing Company begins making beer in Golden, Colorado.
  • Joseph E. Lank 1874-75 - March 3 - The first organized indoor game of ice hockey is played between two teams in Montreal, Canada.
  • George A. Bryan 1876-77 - 1877 Rutherford Birchard Hayes assumes the office of President becoming the 19th President of the US
  • John H. B. Mustard 1878-79 - March 14- Albert Einstein, who is regarded as one of the most influential scientists and intellectuals of all time was born.
  • Charles H. Atkins 1880-82 - 1881 Brother James Garfield the 20th President dies by an assassins bullet and Chester Arthur becomes the 21st
  • Charles M. Douglas 1883-84 - Brother Samuel Langhorne Clemens better know as Mark Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
  • James A. Hopkins 1885-9 1 - 1885 Grover Cleveland is the 22nd President of the United States and Benjamin Harrison is #23 in 1889
  • Dr. Robert B. Hopkins 1892-94 -1893 Grover Cleveland also becomes the 24th President of the United State
  • George L. Counselman 1895 - W. E. B. Du Bois a Prince Hall Freemason becomes the first Negro to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
  • Dr. Robert B. Hopkins 1896 - Freemason John Philip Sousa composes his magnum opus, the Stars and Stripes Forever, on Christmas Day.
  • Thomas H. Douglas 1897-1900 - 1897 Brother William McKinley is sworn in as the 25th President of the United States. 1898 Spanish American War is fought.

  • 1901 - 1938
  • Dr. Robert B. Hopkins 1901 - 1901 Brother Theodore Roosevelt, Matinecock Lodge No. 806, NY, starts his first term as the 26th President of the U.S.
  • Issac N. Nailor 1902 - Evangeline Lodge Land gave birth to a son who would later become the famous aviator Brother Charles Lindbergh on Feb. 4. 1902
  • Thomas R. Wilson 1903 -2 Broadway shows- The Red Feather and Mam'selle Napoleon were produced by Flo Ziegfeld a.k.a. Brother Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr..
  • John C. Lank 1904-05 - In 1904 in front of 4000 people in the London Hippodrome Brother Harry Houdini escaped specially made handcuffs that took 8 years to create.
  • Thomas H. Douglas 1906 - April 18th San Francisco Earthquake: 3000 deaths, 1/4 million left homeless and $350 million in damage.
  • Robert H. Palmer 1907-10 - 1909 Brother William Howard Taft becomes the 27th President of the US
  • John C. Lank 1911 - Brother Robert E. Peary, Sr. a renowned Arctic explorer retires at the rank of Rear Admiral to Eagle Island on the coast of Maine
  • Robert H. Palmer 1912 - In 1912 a young man took the exam for West Point and failed thru persistence he studied and retook the test and was subsequently admitted to West Point. In 1953 he was appointed Chief of Staff of the United States Army. He was Brother Matthew B. Ridgway
  • John C. Lank 1913 - Bro. Charles Robert Richet of France receives Nobel Prize for Medicine. Woodrow Wilson installed as the 28th President of the US
  • J. Leon Black 1914-15 - Germany declares war on France and Germany beginning World War I
  • Weldon C. Waples, PGM 1916-17 - Brother Melvin Jones of Chicago was a co-founder of Lions International on June 7, 1917
  • Frank B. Carey 1918-19 - Born a normal sized baby on Feb. 22, 1918 Robert Pershing Wadlow a future Demolay and Freemason grew to become almost 9 feet tall and became known as the tallest man in the world
  • Clarence B. Johnson 1920-2 1 - Beginning in 1920, a team of farm boys, including Ray Weishaar, who became known as the "hog boys", consistently won motorcycle races. The group had a live hog as their mascot. Following a win, they would put the hog on their Harley and take a victory lap. Hence the birth of the Hog motorcycle was born. 1921 saw the assumption of office by the 29th President Brother Warren G. Harding who died in office at age 58.
  • James A. Clendaniel 1922-23 - 1923 Calvin Coolidge finished the term of Brother Harding and then in 1925 he became the 30th President
  • Charles T. Vent 1924-25 - On July 14, 1924 Brother John Aasen a silent movie actor who was almost 9' tall was made a MM in Los Angeles he was said to be taller than Illinois Freemason, Brother Robert Wadlow who was known as the "tallest man in the world."
  • John Fisher 1926-27 - On June 21, 1927 25 year old Jack Sharkey was knocked out in the 7th round by a left hook by 42 year old Brother Jack Dempsey
  • Walter J. Fisher 1928 - Baseballer Brother Rogers Hornsby left the St. Louis Browns with a lifetime batting average second only to Brother Ty Cobb
  • Harry E. Edginton 1929 - 1929 Herbert Clark Hoover becomes the 31st President of the United States of America
  • Lawrence E. Sipple, PGM 1930 - Brother Will Rogers a cowboy, comedian and social commentator joins Boris Karloff in the 1930 film Business & Pleasure
  • William B. Wagamon 1931- Hall of Earner, Brother Branch Rickey managed the 1931 St. Louis Cardinals to a 101 win season and a World Series Championship
  • Theodore M. Jarvis 1932 - Wendy's founder Dave Thomas was born on July 2, 1932. Brother Dave Thomas was a Freemason, and a Shriner
  • Vardie F. Ellingsworth 1933 -1933 Brother Franklin D. Roosevelt, Holland Lodge No.8, NY begins his 12 year rein as the 32nd President of the United States
  • Benjamin N. Davidson 1934 - N. Y.'s new mayor took over from corrupt predecessors to fight political and organized crime he was Brother Fiorello La Guardia
  • Harry G. Jones 1935-36 - In 1935 Brother Mel Blanc went to work for Warners Bros. owned by Brother Jack Warner. Brother Blanc is known as "The Man of a Thousand Voices" which include: Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Elmer Fudd, Woodie Woodpecker, Barney Rubble and Porky Pig
  • T. Ralph Snowberger 1937 - 1937 saw the induction of one of Baseball's greatest pitchers into the Baseball Hall of Fame who has records that stand to this day and an award given to the previous season's best pitcher named in honor of our Brother, Cy Young a FREEMASON
  • Andrew W. Jefferson 1938 - After graduating from law school Brother Robert Stanford of Vermont never lost an election to public office in his 41 year career

  • 1939 - 1964
  • T. Harold Palmer 1939 - On Sept 1 at 4:45 a.m. Germany attacks Poland starting WWII
  • Alton B. lsaacs 1940 - Brother Winston Churchill of Alliance Lodge No. 1591 & Rosemary Lodge No. 2851 appointed Prime Minister of the UK
  • Henry G. Wagamon 1941 - December 8, 1941 President and Brother Franklin Roosevelt gives his "Day That Will Live in Infamy" speech to America by radio.
  • Alton S. Truitt 1942 - On April 18 Brother James "Jimmy" Dolittle lead a raid on the Japanese homeland about 4 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Fred W. Pepper 1943 February 3-The Four Immortal Chaplains of the U.S. Army are drowned, when their ship (USAT Dorchester) is struck by a German torpedo. Their story is told in the 23rd Degree of the Scottish Rite of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction
  • Cyrus E. Clendaniel 1944 - Brother and General Omar Bradley of West Point Lodge No. 877 commanded the US 1st Army for the D-day invasion at Normandy
  • Dorsey V. Burnham 1945 - VE Day: May 8 Nazis surrender and Vi Day: Sept. 2 Japanese surrender/Bro. Harry S. Truman becomes the 33rd U.S. President
  • L. Nelson Megee 1946 - The musical comedy "Anne Get Your Gun" written by Brother Irving Berlin opens on Broadway
  • Charles E. Thackery, Jr. 1947 - The Kraft Music Hall hired as its host, a singer touted as the "Most Popular Male Voice" one, Brother Al Jolson who hosted to 1949
  • H. Vernon Needles 1948 - Prince Hall Brother Nathaniel Adams Coles better known as Nat "King" Cole releases Nature Boy (1948) and Mona Lisa (1950)
  • Claude L. Burham, Sr. 1949 - The motions picture Sands of Iwo Jima was released staring Brother Marion Morrison who is better known as Brother John Wayne
  • Samuel J. Wilson 1950 - On Sunday June 25 the Korean Peoples Army crossed the 38th parallel starting the Korean Conflict
  • W. Graham Dill 1951 - October 26- Brother Winston Churchill is re-elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in a general election
  • G. Robert Pittard 1952- On December 2nd Sam Katz born in Cape May Courthouse New Jersey
  • J. Henry Morgan 1953 - Former Marine and Governor of New Hampshire Brother Sherman Adams is appointed Chief of Staff for President Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Joseph L Black IV 1954- On January 11, Brother Earl Warren was seated as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court replacing Brother Justice Fred M. Vinson. The birth of Rock n roll Shake Rattle and Roll by Big Joe Turner.
  • George H. Johnson 1955 - In his rookie season Brother Arnold Palmer won the Canadian Open and became known as one of the greatest players in the history of the PGA
  • James C. Clendaniel 1956 - Called the "Master of Malaprop" comedian Norm Crosby became a Freemason and is now a Past Master, and a member of Ionic Composite Lodge #520 in L. A., CA. He was often seen on the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon and has a star on Hollywood Blvd.
  • David W. Dutton 1957 - Brother John G. Diefenbaker elected Prime Minister of Canada and serves until 1963
  • Everett F. Argo 1958 - The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor went to former DeMolay and Brother Burl Ives, 330 for the Movie The Big Country
  • Emory R. West, Sr. 1959 - Hawaii becomes the 50th State of the United States of America Its star officially added to the flag in 1960 and unveiled in Phila.
  • Lester E. Clendaniel 1960 - March 3 - Elvis Presley returns home from Germany, after being away on duty for 2 years. Immediately goes back to work for $25,000. With Frank Sinatra "Welcome Home Elvis"
  • Robert L. Graham 1961 - 1961 John Fitzgerald Kennedy becomes the youngest and the first Catholic to be elected as the 35th Pres. of the US
  • Arthur R. Boyce 1962 - Feb. 20- Brother John Glenn on Friendship 7 becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, three times in 4 hrs., 55 mins.
  • William M. Short, Sr, 1963 - President John F. Kennedy assassinated November 22 and Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) succeeds him
  • Dorsey V. Burnham, Jr. 1964 - On October 10th entertainer Brother Eddie Cantor a member of Munn Lodge No 190, NY was called to the Celestial Temple

  • 1965 - 2000
  • James V. Reed, Jr. - 1965 U.S. combat units sent to Vietnam joining U.S. advisors that had been there since 1955/LBJ sworn in as #36
  • Richard D. Sammons 1966 - Star Trek, the classic science fiction television series, debuts on NBC-TV with its first episode, titled "The Man Trap" The Five year mission was scrubbed by Desilu Studios in 1969 because of set cost by Lucille Ball after her and Desi Arnaz divorced.
  • William L. Reed 1967 - Brother Gus Grissom was killed along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Kennedy
  • George E. Hopkins, Jr. 1968 - 60 Minutes debuts on CBS and remains on the air today. George Foreman takes gold medal at the Summer Olympics.
  • William T. Sammons 1969 - Astronaut and Brother Buzz Aldrin during a moon walk claimed Masonic territorial jurisdiction over the moon for the GL of Texas
  • Herbert W. Jones 1970 - After 19 seasons of the Red Skelton show (a.k.a. Brother Richard B. Skelton, a Lodge #1, Indiana Mason) it is cancelled
  • William W. Fisher 1971 - Brother Hugo L. Black, US Associate Justice a member of Birmingham Temple Lodge No. 836, Birmingham, AL died Sept. 25
  • William M. Short, Jr. 1972 - "The Godfather" is released in cinemas in the United States. The first episode of The Price Is Right is hosted by Bob Barker
  • Claude L. Burnham, Jr. 1973 - October 6 - Yom Kippur War: The fourth and largest Arab-Israeli conflict begins and ends on October 25
  • John W. Legates 1974-75 -1974 Brother Gerald R. Ford, U.S. Pres. #38 serves remainder of Nixon's term and on 4-30-75 U.S. troops leave Saigon ending the Vietnam War
  • R. Gene Walter 1976 - Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs and Brother Steve Wozniak a member Charity Lodge No. 362, CA
  • Clement S. Legates 1977 - Peanut farmer and former submariner James Earl Carter, Jr. is inaugurated 38th President of the United States. In Memphis Tennessee Elvis dies
  • Gary L. Coulbourne 1978 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin share Nobel Peace Prize
  • David A. Beideman 1979 - Nov 4 - Iran hostage crisis begins: 3,000 Iranian radicals invade the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and take 53 American hostages
  • Ronald L. Jefferson Sr. 1980-81 - 1981 another Great Ronald, Ronald Wilson Reagan took the oath of President of the US, becoming the 39th to do so -
  • Charles E. Farrell, PGM 1982-83 - 5/31/83 Brother Jack Dempsey, heavyweight boxing champion of Kenwood Lodge No.800, Chicago entered the celestial Lodge
  • Ronald L. Jefferson Sr. PGM 1984 - In May, Philadelphia Police drop a bomb on a radical group called MOVE resulting in 11 deaths and destroying 65 homes by fire.
  • William J. Coulbourne 1985 - Microsoft Corporation releases the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0 and DNA is first used in a criminal case.
  • James W. Cassidy 1986-89 - 1989 Pres. Ronald Reagan's VP George Herbert Walker Bush became Bush the 40th President of the US
  • Ronald L. Carey 1990 - August 2, 1990 marked the beginning of the First Gulf War sometimes referred to as Desert Storm.
  • Emory R. West, Jr. 1991-92 - 1992 Sam Katz entered Equity Lodge #591 on Jan 15, passed on Feb 19 and raised to the sublime Degree of MM on Apr 15
  • James E. CouIbourne 1993-94 - 1993 William Jefferson Clinton born William Jefferson Blythe III; started his first term as President #41 of the United States of America. On February 1, 1994, the Harley Davidson Company filed a sound trademark application for the distinctive sound of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle engine.
  • S. Thomas Sombar 1995 - Sam Katz serves as Worshipful Master of Equity Lodge #591 Pennsylvania F&AM
  • Richard W. Aydelotte 1996 - On Jan 7th of this leap year Philadelphia, PA receives a record 30.7 inches of snowfall and DC is closed for days
  • Elwood W. Johnson, Jr. 1997 - Super Bowl XXXII won by the Denver Broncos lead by QB Brother John Elway a member of So. Denver- Lodge No. 93
  • James V. Reed III 1998 - Brother Elway is selected the MVP of his final game in the NFL for defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-19 in Super Bowl 33
  • Donald R. Millman 1999-2000 - September 15-October 1 - The 2000 Summer Olympics are held in Sydney, Australia

  • 2001 - 2015
  • David A. Warrington - 2001-2002-9/11/2001 World Trade Towers and Pentagon hit by high-jacked airliners and George W. Bush became Bush the 42nd U.S. Pres.
  • Gary L. Coulbourne 2003 - March 19 Iraq War begins with the invasion of Iraq by the U.S. and allied forces and within 3 weeks take Bagdad.
  • Stephen J. McCarthy 2004 - Facebook was founded at Cambridge, Mass. The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918.
  • Raymond G. Harp 2005 - George W. Bush is inaugurated in Washington, D.C. for his second term as the 43rd President of the United States
  • William S. Hadder 2006 - January 27th marked the 250th anniversary of the birth of Brother Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • Carl S. Anderson 2007- Operation Orchard: Israeli airplanes strike a suspected nuclear site in Syria.
  • Randy E. Parsons 2008 - Fidel Castro resigns as President of Cuba and his brother Raúl Castro is unanimously elected his successor. In 2008, HOG (Harley Owners Group) celebrated its 25th anniversary in conjunction with the Harley 105th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • George T. Lynch III 2009 - Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated the 44th Pres. of the USA
  • Robin Gibbons 2010 - The 2010 Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada.
  • John A. Turansky 2011- In 2011, Polaris Industries purchased Indian Motorcycles and moved operations from North Carolina and merged them into their existing facilities in Minnesota and Iowa. Apple releases the iPhone 4S on October 14th, only nine days after the death of co-founder Steve Jobs.
  • Mike Stubbs 2012 - Hurricane Sandy devastates the US East Coast and kills around two-hundred people on the US Coast and in the Caribbean in October.
  • Robert McCabe 2013 - Edward Snowden leaks information about the NSA's secret internet and cell-phone data gathering program
  • Kyle Brlttingham 2014 - May 13 Christopher Columbus's flagship, the Santa María, is discovered off the northern coast of Haiti
  • Donavan Hoyt 2015 - May 30 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice-President Joe Biden, dies of cancer at 47. The Sturgis Rally has been held every year, with exceptions during World War II, in 2015 the SDDOT traffic count was one million actual attendance 790,000.
  • William Coulbourne 2016 - Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States, and Pence as the 48th Vice President, on November 8, 2016

  • PAST GRAND MASTERS
  • Weldon C. Waples - 1927 May – Philo Farnsworth of the United States transmits his first experimental electronic TV motion pictures, as opposed to the electromechanical TV systems that others had used before
  • Lawrence E. Sipple - 1963 December 8TH A lightning strike causes the crashing of Pan Am Flight 214 near Elkton, Maryland, killing 81 people. Frank Sinatra, Jr. is kidnapped at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.
  • Ronald L. Jefferson Sr. - 1990 February 27 – Exxon Valdez oil spill: Exxon and its shipping company are indicted on 5 criminal counts.
  • Charles E. Farrell - 1993 February 26 – World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a van bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over 1,000.
  • Richard W. Ayedelotte - 2011 July 12 – The planet Neptune completes its first orbit since it was discovered in 1846 and on May 1 – U.S. President Barack Obama announces that Osama bin Laden, the founder and leader of the militant group Al-Qaeda, was killed on May 2, 2011 (Pakistani time, UTC+6) during an American military operation in Pakistan



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