Mason, Charles, 1804-1882

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First Chief Justice of the Iowa Territory supreme court, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and U.S. Commissioner of Patents.

From the description of Diaries and temperance lectures, 1836-1882. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122519999

Lawyer, "Copperhead" Democrat, and judge. Notable posts held during Mason's professional career include Chief Justice of the Iowa Territorial Supreme Court (1838-1846); Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court (1846-1847); Democratic candidate for governor (1861,1867); member of the Iowa Code Commission (1851); U.S. Commissioner of Patents; and director of the U.S. Naval Observatory. One of Mason's most significant judicial decisions was written for the "Ralph" case. The decision held that a slave (Ralph) who had worked for several years in Iowa with the knowledge of his owner from Missouri could not be forced to return Missouri because he was not a fugitive slave. Mason represented Iowa in the Missouri-Iowa boundary dispute, decided in Iowa's favor by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1851. Mason is credited with establishing the system which would later become the U.S. Weather Bureau.

From the description of Papers, 1829-1882. (State Historical Society of Iowa, Library). WorldCat record id: 51960898

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn New York State Library. Manuscripts and Special Collections Unit. Autographs of American authors and statesmen collection, ca.1770-1865. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Remey, Charles Mason, 1874-1974. Remey-Mason family papers, 1939. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Charles Mason Remey Family Papers, 1778-1949, (bulk 1855-1932) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Mason, Charles, 1804-1882. Papers, 1829-1882. State Historical Society of Iowa, Library
referencedIn Remey, Charles Mason, 1874-1974. Charles Mason Remey papers, 1836-1940. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (bulk 1820-1888) Houghton Library
referencedIn Remey, Charles Mason, 1874-1974. Charles Mason Remey papers, 1891-1957 (inclusive), 1939-1957 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Mason, Charles, 1804-1882. Diaries and temperance lectures, 1836-1882. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Remey, Charles Mason, 1874-1974. Charles Mason Remey papers, 1921-1957 (bulk 1940-1950) Princeton University Library
referencedIn Remey, Charles Mason, 1874-1974. Folio supplement to the reminiscences George Collier Remey, rear admiral, United States Navy / arranged by his son, Charles Mason Remey. Navy Department Library, Naval History & Heritage Command
referencedIn Aaron W. Harlan family. Aaron W. Harlan family papers and photographs, 1844-1928. State Historical Society of Iowa, Library
creatorOf United States. Patent Office. Letter, to the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture, 1851. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Remey, Charles Mason, 1874-1974. Charles Mason Remey family papers, 1778-1949 (bulk 1855-1932). Library of Congress
creatorOf Mason, Charles, 1804-1882. Letter to George Henry Yewell. New York, NY. 1851 Aug. 7. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Gear, Ezekiel G. (Ezekiel Gilbert), 1793-1873. Ezekiel G. Gear and family papers, 1833-1926. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Orders from the Engineer Department of the United States Army to Brevet Second Lieutenants Charles Mason and Robert E. Lee [manuscript], 1829 August 11. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Remey family. Remey family papers, 1825-1958. State Historical Society of Iowa, Library
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associatedWith Aaron W. Harlan family family
associatedWith Gear, Ezekiel G. (Ezekiel Gilbert), 1793-1873. person
associatedWith Iowa. Supreme Court corporateBody
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
associatedWith New York State Library. Manuscripts and Special Collections Unit. corporateBody
associatedWith Remey, Charles Mason, 1874-1974. person
associatedWith Remey family. family
associatedWith Remey, George Collier, 1841-1928. person
associatedWith United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. corporateBody
associatedWith United States Naval Observatory corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Navy. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Patent Office corporateBody
associatedWith Yewell, George Henry, 1830-1923, person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Middle West
Erie Canal (N.Y.)
Wisconsin
Washington (D.C.)
Iowa
New York (State)
Iowa
Subject
Copperhead movement
Indian land transfers
Judges
Land grants
Naval tactics
Patent laws and legislation
Railroad law
Slaves
Temperance
Weather forecasting
Astronomy
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Birth 1804

Death 1882-02-27

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