Papers, 1825-1902, of the Mason family of Greensville and Southampton counties, Va.

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Mason family. Papers, 1825-1902, of the Mason family of Greensville and Southampton counties, Va.

Papers, 1825-1902, of the Mason family of Greensville and Southampton counties, Va.

Chiefly papers of John Young Mason (1799-1859) of Greensville and Southampton counties, Va., the majority of which consists of correspondence received while Mason was serving as the United States Secretary of the Navy under presidents John Tyler (1844-1845) and James K. Polk (1846-1849), as well as while serving as the United States Attorney General (1845-1846); as president of the James River and Kanawha Canal Company (1849-1953); and as U.S. Minister to France (1854-1859). The bulk of letters are requests for assistance with obtaining or maintaining government appointments, but the Mexican War, political patronage, state, national and international politics, and rivalries between Naval officers are also reflected. Also included are records and correspondence concerning Mason's Day's Neck (Isle of Wight County, Va.) and Fortsville (Southampton County, Va.) plantations, and a plantation in Coahoma County, Miss. Also included are the papers of Mason's wife, Mary Ann (Fort) Mason, and their children, Lewis Edmunds Mason (1822-1897), John Young Mason., Jr. (1823-1862), Elizabeth Harris (Mason) Heath (1830-1881), Frances Ann (Mason) Cook (1831-1908), Mary Ann (Mason) Anderson (1834-1928), Sarah Olivia Mason (1837-1926), Emma (Mason) Barksdale (1839-1900), Susan Harriet Barksdale Mason (1841-1921), St. George Tucker Mason (1844-1884), and Simon Fraser Blunt Mason (1848-1921).

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Mason, John Y. (John Young), 1799-1859

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U.S. minister to France. From the description of Letterbooks : of John Y. Mason, 1853 November 4-1859 September 17. (Virginia Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 29553098 John Young Mason, from Greensville County, Va., graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1816. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia, 1831-1837; served as secretary of the Navy, 1844-1845 and 1846-1849; was attorney general of the United States, M...

James River and Kanawha Canal Company (Richmond, Va.)

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Mason family.

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John Young Mason (1799-1859) was born in Greensville County, Va. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and then studied law under Tapping Reeve in Connecticut. He was admitted to the bar in 1819 in Southampton County, Va., where he practiced law, married Mary Ann Fort, the daughter of a prominent planter, and became a planter himself. He served in the state legislature and in Congress where he chaired the U.S. Committee on Foreign Affairs. He was appointed judge for the U.S. Distric...

United States. Navy

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Built and launched at New York Navy Yard; commissioned Nov. 12, 1944; scraped in 1993. Served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. From the description of USS Bon Homme Richard (CV/CVA-31) photograph collection 1944-1971. (The Mariners' Museum Library). WorldCat record id: 41657866 The federal government decided in 1941 to send Supply Corps personnel to Harvard Business School for training in the business of equipping the Navy. This was effected by a transfer...