STATE Rhode Island
POLITICAL PARTY Federalist
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 14th (1815-1817), 15th (1817-1819)
Representative James Brown MASON Biography
MASON, James Brown, a Representative from Rhode Island; born in Thompson, Windham County, Conn., in January 1775; pursued classical studies; was graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1791; studied medicine and was admitted to practice; moved to Charleston, S.C., and practiced 1795-1798; returned to Providence, R.I., and engaged in mercantile pursuits 1798-1819; member of the State house of representatives 1804-1814 and served as speaker from February 1812 to May 1814; elected as a Federalist to the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Congresses (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1819); was not a candidate for renomination in 1818 to the Sixteenth Congress; served as a trustee of Brown University 1804-1819; died in Providence, R.I., August 31, 1819; interment in North Burial Ground. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
External Research Collections
Brown University Hay Library Providence, RI Papers: 2 letters. Cataloged. Rhode Island Historical Society Providence, RI Papers: 1803-1815. 22 items. Business papers. Unpublished finding aid in repository.
James Brown MASON Committee Assignments
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