Mason, J. M. (James Murray), 1798-1871

Alternative names
Birth 1798-11-03
Death 1871-04-28

Biographical notes:

United States senator.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, to C. Neale, Esq., 1849 Jan. 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270607846

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Selma, to Joseph C. Cabell, Esq., 1846 Nov. 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270607032

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to Messrs. Gales & Seaton, 1839 Feb. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270607773

U.S. Congressman, and Confederate commissioner to England and France; from Winchester (Frederick Co.), Va.

From the description of Papers, 1835-1865. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 20030132

Confederate Diplomatic Commissioner in Europe.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : "Selma, near Winchester, Va.", to an unidentified recipient, 1861 Mar. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270607017

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to Richard Smith, bank cashier in Washington, 1846 Feb. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270606965

Mason was a representative (1838-1839) and senator (1841-1861) from Virginia and is viewed as the author of the Fugitive Slave Law. He served the Confederacy as Minister to Great Britain. -- Dallas, at the time of the letter, was the U.S. Minister to Great Britain (1856-1861); he previously had been Minister to Russia (1837-1839), the 11th vice president of the United States (1845-1849) and Senator from Pennsylvania (1831-1833); he also held offices in Pennyslvania.

From the description of [Letter, 18]57 Dec. 30, Selma, [Vir., to George M. Dallas] / J. M. Mason. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 271111221

Virginia politician.

From the description of Photoprints, 1860-1870. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 32958376

U.S. senator and representative from Virginia and Confederate diplomatic agent in Great Britain.

From the description of J. M. Mason papers, 1838-1870 (bulk 1862-1865). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981177

James Murray Mason served in both the U.S. House and the Senate from Virginia. During the Civil War he was sent as a diplomatic commissioner to Europe, especially Great Britain.

From the description of James Murray Mason Papers, 1838-1870. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122387790

James Duncan Graham (1799-1865), an army engineer, distinguished himself in national border surveys.

Spencer Fullerton Baird (1823-1887), zoologist and secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, pioneered field studies methods in botany and zoology, published prolifically in ornithology and zoology, and headed the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries from its founding in 1871.

Asa Gray (1810-1888), Fisher professor of Natural History at Harvard (1842-1888), was a pioneer in plant geography and published widely on the descriptive botany of North America.

From the description of Papers relating to James D. Graham's biological collections, 1853 January. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122632034


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  • Botany
  • Phytogeography
  • Merchant marine--Great Britain
  • Diplomatic and consular service, Confederate
  • Zoology
  • Land use
  • Cotton trade
  • Slavery--History--19th century
  • Cotton trade--Confederate States of America
  • Pirates
  • Trent Affair, 1861
  • Merchant marine
  • Hampton Roads, Battle of, Va., 1862
  • Claims
  • Financial crises


  • Representatives, U.S. Congress--Virginia
  • Senators, U.S. Congress--Virginia


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  • Kansas (as recorded)
  • Texas (as recorded)
  • Great Britain (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Virginia (as recorded)
  • Confederate States of America (as recorded)
  • Frederick County (Va.) (as recorded)
  • New Mexico (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Manchester (England) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
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  • Virginia (as recorded)
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