Representative John Thomson MASON

YEARS 1815-1873
OFFICE Representative
STATE Maryland
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 27th (1841-1843)

Representative John Thomson MASON Biography

MASON, John Thomson, a Representative from Maryland; born at “Montpelier,” near Hagerstown, Washington County, Md., May 9, 1815; educated by a private tutor and was graduated from Princeton College in 1836; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Hagerstown, Md., in 1838; member of the State house of representatives in 1838 and 1839; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); judge of the court of appeals 1851-1857; collector of customs at Baltimore 1857-1861; moved to Annapolis, Md., where he died March 28, 1873; interment in Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, Md. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Maryland Historical Society Baltimore, MD Papers: 1744-1882. ca. 650 items. Correspondence. In part photocopies. Unpublished inventory in repository. New-York Historical Society New York, NY Papers: March 18, 1857. 1 letter. Finding aid in repository. University of Maryland McKeldin Library College Park, MD Papers: In the Charles Lanman papers, 1823-1868. 1 foot. Autobiographical or biographical letter. Unpublished inventory in library.


John Thomson MASON Committee Assignments

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