Canadian Prime Ministers Who Were Freemasons Sir John A. Macdonald 1815-1891 Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott 1821-1893 Sir Mackenzie Bowell 1823-1917 Sir Robert Laird Borden 1845- 1937 Viscount Richard Bedford Bennett 1870-1947 John George Diefenbaker 1895-1979
Sir Robert Laird Borden Served from 1911 to 1920 as Canada’s eighth prime Minister of Canada. He was a courageous and devoted prime minister, gaining international recognition during the WW1 years and the following peace treaty. He received his degrees in St. Andrew’s Lodge, GRNS, Halifax at the age of 25 in 1880 and demitted in 1888.
Viscount Richard Bedford Bennett Canada’s 11th prime Minister, served in the capacity from 1930 to 1935. he retired to great Britain in 1939, where he became a member of the House of Lords, being created Viscount Bennett of Mickleham, Calgary and Hopewell. Brother Bennett was initiated February 18, 1896 at the age of 25 in Miramichi Lodge No. 18 GRNB, Chatham NB. When he moved to Calgary he affiliated with Ashlar Lodge No. 28 GRA. He remained in good standing until his death on June 26, 1947 at Mickleham, Surrey, England.
John George Diefenbaker Canada’s 13th Prime Minister, serving in that office from June 1957 to April 1963, was born September 181895 in Neudsadt, ON and died August 16 1979 in his home in Rockliffe Park, Ottawa. He was initiated in Wakaw Lodge No. 166 in Waklaw, SK and affiliated with Kinistino Lodge No. 1 GRS, of Prince Alberta SK in 1926. In 1977,he was awarded his 50-year Masonic membership jewel and certificate.
CANADIAN CONTENT Badgley, William Canadian Lawyer, first Dean of the Faculty of Law at McGill University, Montreal. St. Paul's Lodge, No. 374 UGLE, Montreal. Past Provincial Grand Master. Ballard, Harold Owner of Toronto Maple Leafs National Hockey League team. Corinthian No. 481, GRC, Toronto, ON. Brant, Joseph "Thayendanegea" Principal Chief of the Six Nations Indians. Initiated in Lodge No. 417, 1776. First Master of Lodge No. 11, Mohawk Village (near Brantford) in 1798. Bronfman, Samuel Canadian distiller who merged with Joseph Seagram to form and develop the huge international distilling company. Covenant Lodge No. 108, Quebec Conacher, Charlie Toronto Maple Leaf ice hockey legend. Initiated in North Gate Lodge No. 591, Pickering, Ontario, in 1935. Douglas, Tommy 7th Premier of Saskatchewan. First leader of the of the Federal New Democratic Party. Introduced universal public medical care to Canada. Voted the "Greatest Canadian Ever" in a recent CBC poll. Weyburn Lodge No. 20 GRS, Weyburn, SK
Dunn, Alexander Robert Canadian soldier who won Canada's first Victoria Cross at the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava. Ionic Lodge No. 18 (now No. 25), Toronto, Ontario.
Eddy E.B. American born world leading manufactrer of friction matches in Hull, PQ Canada. Founding Master of Eddy Lodge 41 GL of Q. DDGM Ottawa 1876
Edward VII. King of Great Britain. Grand Master of the UGLE 1875-1901. Provincial Grand Master for Lower Canada. Fleming, Sir Sanford Canadian engineer and surveyor. Suggested the use of time zones. St. Andrew's Lodge No. 16, Toronto, Ontario. Hancock, John American merchant and patriot, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Massachusetts Lodge No. 277, Quebec, Canada. Later affiliated with St. Andrews Lodge, Boston, MA.
Henson, Josiah American black slave who escaped from slavery in Kentucky into Canada. Inspiration for the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Mount Moriah Lodge No. 4 GRC, Dresden, Ontario. Horton, Tim Canadian ice hockey legend. Founder of the donut chain bearing his name. Kroy Lodge No. 676, Toronto, Ontario. Jarvis, William Provincial Secretary for Upper Canada. First Provincial Grand Master (Ancients) for Upper Canada. Keith, Alexander Scottish born Canadian Master Brewer. Grand Master of the G.L. of Nova Scotia. Lodge of St. John, No. 118, Sunderland G.R. of England in 1816. Then Virgin Lodge No. 2, G. R. of E., Halifax Nova Scotia in 1819. Layton, Athol Canadian proffessional wrestler. Birch Cliff Lodge No. 612, Scarborough (Toronto), Ontario. Potentate Rameses Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. 1968. McLaughlin, Col. R. S. "Sam" Founder of the McLaughlin Carriage Co. which later became General Motors of Canada. Cedar Lodge No. 270, Oshawa, Ontario. Grand Steward, 75 year member in the craft. Royal Arch, Knight Templar, President of Oshawa Shrine Club. McLaughlin, John Invented the modern Canada Dry version of Ginger Ale in 1907. Cedar Lodge, No. 270 GRC. Molson, John Founder Molson Breweries, the first distillery in Canada, President of Bank of Montreal St. Paul’s Lodge (Montreal), Provincial Grand Master
Owen, Most Rev. Derwyn T. Archbishop of Toronto and Primate of all Canada. Ionic Lodge No. 25, Toronto, Ontario. Seagram, Joseph E. Canadian distiller and founder of the famous brand of products that bear his name. Grand River Lodge No. 151, Kitchener, ON
Sinclair, Gordon "Sinc" Canadian journalist and broadcaster. John Ross Robertson No. 545, Toronto, Ontario.
Smallwood, Joseph R.
Former Premier of Newfoundland, Canada. Northcliffe Lodge No. 1886 Prov. G. Lodge of Newfoundland, G L of Scotland. Hon.33 deg. AASR. Stanley, Lord Frederick Arthur Governor General to Canada. Donated the Ice Hockey Stanley Cup. Royal Alpha Lodge No 16, London, England. Thomson. Roy (Lord Thomson of Fleet) Canadian world famous newspaper magnate. North Bay Lodge No. 617 GL of Canada (Ontario)
Watson, Whipper Billy Canadian professional wrestler. Temple Lodge No. 525. Wilson, William Mercer First Grand Master of the independent Grand Lodge of Canada, 1855. First Grand First Principal of Royal Arch Masons of Canada.
SOURCE:Cedar Lodge AF & AM, No. 270, GRC
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