James Murray Mason

James Murray Mason
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President pro tempore of the United States Senate
In office
January 6, 1857 – March 4, 1857
Preceded by Jesse D. Bright
Succeeded by Thomas J. Rusk
United States Senator
from Virginia
In office
January 21, 1847 – March 28, 1861
Preceded by Isaac S. Pennybacker
Succeeded by Waitman T. Willey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1839
Preceded by Edward Lucas
Succeeded by William Lucas
Personal details
Born (1798-11-03)November 3, 1798
Analostan Island, D.C., U.S.
Died April 28, 1871(1871-04-28) (aged 72)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Eliza Margaretta Chew
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania, College of William and Mary (law)
Profession Politician, Lawyer

James Murray Mason (November 3, 1798 – April 28, 1871) [1] [2] was a US Representative and US Senator from Virginia. He was a grandson of George Mason and represented the Confederate States of America as appointed commissioner of the Confederacy to the United Kingdom and France between 1861 and 1865, during the American Civil War.

In November 1861, Mason was among those captured by Federal troops during the Trent Affair in November 1861 while he was on a mission to England.

Early life

He was born on Analostan Island, now Theodore Roosevelt Island, in the District of Columbia. He was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (1818) and received a law degree from the College of William and Mary (1820).

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