Mason, Stevens Thomson, 1811-1843

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Stevens Thomson Mason was born in Virginia (October 27, 1811) and educated in Kentucky where his father had emigrated in 1812. In 1830, his father, John Mason, was appointed secretary of the Territory of Michigan by President Andrew Jackson. He resigned a year later and left for Texas and Mexico perhaps on a mission for the president. In his place, Jackson named the nineteen year old Stevens Mason to the vacant secretariat, taking his oath of office on July 25, 1831. As secretary Mason was also ex-officio governor during the absence of then Governor Porter. With Porter's death, July 6, 1834, Mason became acting governor. Here he led the movement for statehood and prosecuted the boundary dispute with Ohio. He was elected governor in his own right on November 3, 1835, serving two terms, leaving office on January 7, 1840. His administration was plagued by financial difficulties brought on by the Panic of 1837 bringing to a halt many internal improvements projects that had been anticipated. Mason did not run for a third term, instead retired from politics, moving to New York where he practiced law. He died January 4, 1843.

From the guide to the Stevens Thomson Mason Papers, 1827-1842, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

Governor of Michigan.

From the description of Papers of Stevens Thomson Mason, 1834-1837. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79454384

Born in Virginia, Oct. 27, 1811; secretary and acting governor of Territory of Michigan, 1831-3 when Michigan was organized as a state by the people (admitted 1837), he served two terms as Governor, Nov. 7, 1835-Jan. 7, 1840; after the panic and many business failures of 1837 he moved to New York, where he practiced law, until his death January 4 1843. (from Mich. Biog. ; Mich. Pioneers, v.35, p.244, port. p. 240 & 242) (blue index cards)

From the description of Stevens T. Mason papers, 1811-1843 (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 467296137

First governor of Michigan.

From the description of Stevens T. Mason visual materials series. ca. 1830s-ca. 1880s. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 85778291

From the description of Stevens T. Mason papers, 1827-1842. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34423653

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referencedIn Connolly, A. H. A.H. Connolly collection. State Archive of Michigan
creatorOf Mason, Stevens Thomson, 1811-1843. Papers of Stevens Thomson Mason, 1834-1837. Library of Congress
referencedIn Whittemore Family Papers, 1817-1978 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn University of Michigan Board of Regents Portrait Collection, ca. 1860-ca. 1970 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Lucius Lyon papers, Lyon, Lucius, papers, 1770-1934, 1833-1851 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Mason, Stevens Thomson, 1811-1843. Stevens T. Mason visual materials series. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Stevens Thomson Mason Papers, 1827-1842 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Davison family. Davison family papers, 1848-1862. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Goodrich, Chauncey S., 1787-1860. Chauncey S. Goodrich papers, 1831-1909. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf McArthur, Duncan, 1772-1839. Papers, 1799-1835. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf Mason, Stevens Thomson, 1811-1843. Stevens T. Mason papers, 1827-1842. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Mason, Stevens Thomson, 1819-1846. Commission : as captain in the U.S. Army, 1846 June 26. Gunston Hall Plantation
referencedIn A History of Michigan in Paintings, ca. 1964-1967 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Whittemore family. Whittemore family papers, 1817-1978. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Old Dartmouth Historical Society (New Bedford, Mass.),. Old Dartmouth Historical Society papers, 1806-1844 (scattered dates). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Wilson, Bethany Lovell. Bethany Lovell Wilson papers, 1956 and 1966. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Knapp, Myron E., b. 1820. Myron E. Knapp letter, 1897. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Michigan. Governor (1834-1840 : Mason). [Messages to the Legislature] / Stevens T. Mason. Library of Michigan
referencedIn Saginaw Bay Company (Bay City, Mich.). Saginaw Bay Company records, 1837-1870. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Thayer, George W. Lucius Lyon papers, 1770-1934, bulk 1833-1851. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. Lewis Cass papers, 1774-1924. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Michigan. Dept. of State. Records documenting the organization of townships and establishment of county seats in Michigan, 1819-1984. State Archive of Michigan
creatorOf Clark, Edward, b. 1807. Edward Clark papers, 1838 and undated. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Knapp, Myron E., b. 1820. Myron E. Knapp letter, 1897. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn William Baskerville Hamilton Papers, 1700-1975 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Lewis Cass papers, Cass, Lewis, papers, 1774-1924 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Alpheus Felch Papers, 1817-1896 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Eastman, Ahira G. Papers, 1838,1840. Clarke Historical Library
referencedIn Douglass Houghton Papers, 1829-1845 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Heineman, David E., 1865-1935. David E. Heineman papers, 1905 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Henry Rowe Schoolcraft Papers, 1788-1941, (bulk 1820-1856) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Old Dartmouth Historical Society Whaling Museum (New Bedford, Mass.),. Old Dartmouth Historical Society Whaling Museum papers, 1806-1844 (scattered dates). University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Tazewell family. Papers, 1756-1931. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864. Henry Rowe Schoolcraft papers, 1788-1941 (bulk 1820-1856). Library of Congress
creatorOf Houghton, Douglass, 1809-1845. Douglass Houghton papers, 1829-1845. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Mason, Stevens Thomson, 1811-1843. Stevens T. Mason papers, 1811-1843 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. United States Bureau of Indian Affairs copied documents, 1616-1906. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Delaplaine and Burdick. Records, 1836-1837. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Wilson, Bethany Lovell. Bethany Lovell Wilson papers, 1956 and 1966. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
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Indians of North America--Michigan
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Birth 1811-10-27

Death 1843-01-04

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