John Calvin Mason

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John Calvin Mason
A man with black hair and a black beard wearing a black jacket and tie and white shirt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1859
Preceded byRichard French
Leander Cox
Succeeded byLeander Cox
Laban T. Moore
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
1839
1844
1848
Personal details
Born(1802-08-04)August 4, 1802
Montgomery County, Kentucky
DiedAugust 1865(1865-08-00) (aged 62–63)
On the Mississippi River near New Orleans, Louisiana
Resting placeFrankfort Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materTransylvania University
ProfessionLawyer
SignatureJohn C. Mason
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Confederate States of America
UnitTexas Rangers
Battles/warsMexican–American War
American Civil War

John Calvin Mason (August 4, 1802 – August 1865) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

Born near Mount Sterling, Kentucky, Mason attended country and city schools in Montgomery County and Mount Sterling Law School in Lexington, Kentucky. He was graduated from Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, in 1823. He was admitted to the bar and practiced in Mount Sterling. He engaged extensively in the manufacture of iron. He served as member of the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1839, 1844, and 1848. He served in the war with Mexico in 1846 and 1847 in Ben McCollough's company of Texas Rangers, Worth's division, under General Taylor. He moved to Owingsville, Kentucky, in 1847.

Mason was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853). He served as chairman of the Committee on Accounts (Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1852.

Mason was elected to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1859). He served as chairman of the Committee on Accounts (Thirty-fifth Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1858. He served as delegate to the 1860 Democratic National Convention at Charleston, South Carolina. He served as presidential elector on the Democratic ticket of Douglas and Johnson in 1860. During the Civil War served with Texas State troops from Brenham, Texas in 1863. He died in August 1865 near New Orleans, Louisiana on board a steamer on the Mississippi River. He was interred in the State Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky.

References[edit]

  • United States Congress. "John Calvin Mason (id: M000218)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard French
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 9th congressional district

1849 – 1853
Succeeded by
Leander Cox
Preceded by
Leander Cox
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 9th congressional district

1857 – 1859
Succeeded by
Laban T. Moore