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MASON, Jonathan

1756–1831

Biography

MASON, Jonathan, a Senator and a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., September 12, 1756; completed preparatory studies in the Boston Latin School and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1774; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1779 and commenced practice in Boston; member, State house of representatives 1786-1796; member, executive council 1797-1798; member, State senate 1799-1800; elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Benjamin Goodhue and served from November 14, 1800, to March 3, 1803; resumed the practice of law; member, State senate 1803-1804; member, State house of representatives 1805-1808; elected to the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Congresses and served from March 4, 1817, until his resignation on May 15, 1820; again engaged in the practice of his profession in Boston, Mass., where he died November 1, 1831; interment in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 2 items.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1784-1797. 1 volume. 17-page book with entries relating to his account with the Bank of Massachusetts. Part of the Peter Force papers. Available on microfilm.

Massachusetts Historical Society

Boston, MA
Papers: Ca. 1803-1875. Ca. 50 items. Chiefly political papers, photographs, and portraits. Also diary (1804-1805) of a journey to Savannah, Georgia.
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