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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1829

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

Charles Mason

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born Oct. 24, 1804, Pompey Centre, NY.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1825, to July 1, 1829, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1829.

Served: at the Military Academy as Principal Asst. Professor of Engineering, Aug. 30, 1829, to Aug. 31, 1831.

Resigned, Dec. 31, 1831.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, Newburg,º N. Y., 1832‑34, and at New York city, 1834‑36. Acting Editor of the New York "Evening Post," 1835‑36. District Attorney, Des Moines County, Wis., 1837‑38. Aide-de‑Camp to the Governor of Wisconsin Territory, 1837‑38. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Iowa, July 4, 1838, to May 16, 1847. Attorney of the State of Iowa for the adjustment of its Southern Boundary, 1847‑50. Appointed by the Legislature of Iowa, Jan., 1848, one of three Commissioners to draft an entire code of laws for the State, which was adopted in 1851. Judge of Des Moines Country Court, Wis., Aug., 1851, to June, 1852. President of Burlington and Missouri River  p420 Railroad, Iowa, 1852‑53; and of Peoria and Oquawka Railroad, Ill., 1852‑53. Counselor at Law, Burlington, Io., 1847‑53. U. S. Commissioner of Patents, Mar. 24, 1853, to Aug. 5, 1857. Commissioner to adjust the extent of the Des Moines River Land Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Grant, 1858‑59. Member of the Board of Education of the State of Iowa, 1858‑59. Counselor at Law, Burlington, Io., 1858‑59. Counselor at Law, Washington, D. C., 1860‑61. Appointed a Commissioner by the Legislature of Iowa, 1861, to control a State War Fund of $800,000 for the suppression of the Rebellion. Democratic Candidate for Governor of the State of Iowa, but not elected, 1867. Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1868 and 1872; and to several State Conventions, 1867‑81. Author of various papers on Financial Subjects, 1867‑82. President of Burlington, Iowa, Water Company, 1875‑82; of German-American Savings Bank, 1874‑82; of Burlington Board of Trade, 1879‑82; of Burlington and Northwestern Railroad Company, 1877‑82; and of Burlington Street Railway Company, 1870‑82. Vice-President of Burlington, Keosauqua, and Western Railroad, 1878‑82. Treasurer of Burlington School Board, 1879‑82. Patent Law Attorney, 1861‑82.

Died, Feb. 27, 1882, at Burlington, Iowa: Aged 77.

Thayer's Note:

a Mason's birthdate is provided by a biographical sketch at the United States Patent Office; notice the slightly different death date. His place of birth had been given in a bit more detail by a page at the website of the town of Pompey, which with the continued shrinkage of the Web has been permanently removed.

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