Mason, Charles H., 1830-1859

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Charles H. Mason was born in Maryland about 1830. He moved at the age of 7 to Rhode Island, he graduated with honors from Brown University in 1850 and was recommended for the bar shortly after graduation. In September 1853 he was appointed Secretary of State and he came to West. As hostilities between settlers and First Nations peoples erupted he served the State as Acting Governor in time of war, from Oct. 1855 to Jan. 1856. From 15 May 1855 Mason assisted Stevens in the negotations of the Medicine Creek and Point No Point Treaties and was created as secretary of treaty commissions. He transported documents to the nation's capital to secure funding for territorial aid. He died in Olympia, WA after a brief illness on Jul. 22, 1859. His burial location, Union Cemetery in Tumwater, WA, was established by the Washington State Archivist from primary source material and his grave marked in 1997 following an extensive search. Mason County, WA was renamed in 1864 in honor of him.

From the description of Washington State Library's collection of Charles H. Mason's correspondence, 1853-1858. (Washington State Library, Office of Secretary of State). WorldCat record id: 262557626

Charles H. Mason was appointed the first secretary of Washington Territory in 1853 and served until his death in 1859. In 1855-1856 and 1858-1859 he served as acting governor for governors Stevens and McMullin.

From the description of Correspondence, 1855-1858. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702126623

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creatorOf Mason, Charles H., 1830-1859. Washington State Library's collection of Charles H. Mason's correspondence, 1853-1858. Washington State Library, Office of Secretary of State
referencedIn United States Sanitary Commission records. Army and Navy Claim Agency archives, 1861-1870 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Mason, Charles H., 1830-1859. Correspondence, 1855-1858. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Tulalip Agency. Papers, 1854-1902. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
creatorOf Stevens, Isaac Ingalls, 1818-1862. Isaac Ingalls Stevens papers, 1835-1972 1835-1862. Washington State Library, Office of Secretary of State
referencedIn Russell & Mason. Papers, 1875-1890. Independence Seaport Museum
referencedIn Stevens, Margaret L. (Margaret Lyman Hazard). Margaret Stevens letter, 1856 February 1. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
creatorOf Mason, Charles H., fl. 1837. Charles H. Mason-Mary Jane Hill marriage license, 1837 Dec. 20. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Tolmie, William Fraser. William Fraser Tolmie papers, 1833-1865. University of Washington Libraries
referencedIn Tulalip Agency Papers, 1854-1902 Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
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correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Curry, Geo. L. (George Law), 1820-1878. person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Gibbs, George, 1815-1873. person
associatedWith Hill, Mary Jane. person
associatedWith McMullin, Fayette, 1805-1880. person
associatedWith Russell & Mason. corporateBody
associatedWith Stevens, Isaac Ingalls, 1818-1862. person
associatedWith Stevens, Margaret L. (Margaret Lyman Hazard) person
associatedWith Tolmie, William Fraser. person
associatedWith Tulalip Agency corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Tulalip Agency. corporateBody
associatedWith United States Sanitary Commission corporateBody
associatedWith Washington (State). Office of the Secretary of State corporateBody
correspondedWith Washington Territory. Office of the Secretary of State corporateBody
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Birth 1830

Death 1859-07-29

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