Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener was born on September 22, 1850 near Ballylongford, Kerry, Ireland. Kitchener served as Sudan’s Governor General in 1899, and from 1902-1909, served the country of India as Commander in Chief. Horatio Kitchener was Initiated at 1883 at La Concordia Lodge, in Cairo, UGLE. Brother Kitchener soon became a very active Freemason, and later became a member of Bulwer Lodge, No. 1068 in Cairo, Hellas Lodge No. 1105 in Cairo, Lodge of Edinburgh Mary’s Chapel No. 1, Scottish Consitution, and Himalayan Brotherhood Lodge No. 459, in Simla, India. Brother Kitchener died on June 6, 1916.
William Schwenck Gilbert was born on November 18, 1836 in Strand, London. Gilbert was a famed dramatist, illustrator, and poet. Among is most popular musical theater works is The Mikado, which is noted as one of the most frequently performed works in history. Gilbert is also well known for co-producing the Savoy operas, a series of fourteen comic operas. In 1907 Gilbert was knighted by King Edward VII. William Gilbert was made a Master Mason on June 23, 1871 at Lodge St. Machar No. 54 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Brother Gilbert was called from labor on May 29, 1911.
Franz Liszt was born on October 22, 1811, in Raiding, Austria. Liszt was a prolific pianist and composer, and was highly regarded by his contemporaries. Often hailed for his technical prowess and genre bending compositions, Liszt is now regarded one of the greatest pianists of his time. He invented the concept of Symphonic Poems and Thematic Transformation which infused a deep sense of artistic drama into his works. Franz Liszt was Initiated on September 18, 1841 at lodge Zur Einigkeit in Frankfort-on-the-Main. He finished his degree work the following year at lodge Zur Eintracht, in Berlin. Brother Liszt was called from labor on July 31, 1886.
Duke of Wellington, born Arthur Wellesley, was born on May 1, 1769 in Dublin Ireland. Wellesley was an active soldier of the British Army. In 1796, Wellesley was assigned to serve in India. Nine years later, he was knighted and became a member of the Irish Parlement. In 1814 he returned to service and defeated Napoleon at Waterloo the following year. Wellesley returned to politics and in 1828, was called to serve as Prime Minister. Arthur Wellesley was Initiated at Trim Lodge No. 494 in Meath, Ireland on December 7, 1790. Brother Wellesley was called from labor on September 14, 1852.
Sir Charles Warren was born on February 7, 1840 in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales. Warren was a renown Archeologist and Freemason. Among his most famous work, was his excavations in Jerusalem and surveying Herod’s Temple. Warren is also well known for serving as the Founding Worshipful Master of the famed Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076. Sir Warren also served as the London Metropolitan Police Commissioner from 1886 to 1888. Charles Warren was initiated on December 30, 1859 at Royal Lodge of Friendship No. 278 in Gibraltar. There he served as Worshipful Master in 1863. Later, Brother Warren would serve the United Grand Lodge of England as Grand Deacon in 1887, and District Grand Master of the Easter Archipelago from 1891 to 1895. Brother Warren was called from labor on January 21, 1927.
Pierre Charles L’Enfant was born on August 9, 1754 in France. L’Enfant was educated at the Royal Academy in the Louvre, and built a solid reputation a civil engineer and architect. At the age of 23, L’Enfant joined the American Revolutionary War and served with Major General Lafayette in the Continental Army as a military engineer. After the war, L’Enfant built a successful civil engineering firm in New York City. L’Enfant is best known for engineering the original layout of of Washington, D.C. under the appointment of President George Washington. Pierre L’Enfant was was Initiated on April 17, 1825 at Holland Lodge No. 8 in New York. Brother L’Enfant was called from labor on June 14, 1825.
Alphonse Maria Mucha was born on July 24, 1860 in Ivančice, Moravia, which is presently the Czech Republic. Mucha is a celebrated artist who is renown for his unique Czech Art Nouveau styling and designs. Mucha inspired arts movements in Czechoslovakia, and Paris with his eclectic art nouveau techniques. Alphonse Mucha was Initiated in Paris, France in 1898, and is credited as the founder of Czech Freemasonry. In 1923, Brother Mucha served as Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in Czechoslovakia. Brother Mucha was called from labor on July 14, 1932.
Richard J. Gatling was born on September 12, 1818 in Hertford County, North Carolina. Gatling was a prominent inventor and holder of 48 patents. His most notable invention was what is now known at the Gatling Gun, which then had the ability to fire over one thousand rounds per minute. In 1891, Gatling received the honor of becoming the first president of the American Association of Inventors and Manufacturers. Richard Gatling was a member of Centre Lodge No. 23 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Brother Gatling was called from labor on February 26, 1903.
Sir Ernest Shackleton was born on February 15, 1874 in County Kildare, Ireland. Shackleton was a famed explorer and Freemason, and was Knighted in 1909 for his heroic expeditionary efforts. In 1901, Shackleton joined Captain Scott’s South Pole Expedition in Antarctica, but team did not reach their goal. Inspired and determined, Shackleton lead his own expedition six years later, which was able to reach within 97 miles of the South Pole. Shackleton was Initiated on July 9, 1901 at Navy Lodge No. 2612, under the United Grand Lodge of England. Brother Shackleton was called from labor on January 5, 1922.
Melvin Jones was born on January 13, 1879 in Fort Thomas, Arizona. Jones was a prominent business leader in Chicago and member of a businessman’s luncheon club. He soon realized that like minded individuals who possess the drive and ambition to run a successful business, could come together and apply their skills to do a lot of good in the community. Inspired by this idea, Jones founded the Lions Club International on June 7, 1917. By 1950, membership reached 400,000, and is estimated at over 1.3 Million members today, collectively raising over 700 Million dollars to date, for various humanitarian efforts. Melvin Jones was Initiated in 1906 at Garden City Lodge No. 141 in Chicago Illinois. Brother Jones was called from labor on June 1, 1961.