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Armistead Thomson MASON

(1787-1819)
Senate Years of Service:
1816-1817
Party:
Democratic Republican

MASON, Armistead Thomson, (son of Stevens Thomson Mason), a Senator from Virginia; born at the “Armisteads,” in Louisa County, Va., August 4, 1787; graduated from William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va., in 1807; engaged in agricultural pursuits; colonel of Virginia Volunteers in the War of 1812 and subsequently brigadier general of Virginia Militia; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William B. Giles and served from January 3, 1816, to March 3, 1817; chairman, Committee on the District of Columbia (Fourteenth Congress); moved to Loudoun County, Va.; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1816 to the Fifteenth Congress in a campaign of much bitterness, which gave rise to several duels, and later resulted in his being killed in a duel with his brother-in-law, John Mason McCarty, at Bladensburg, Md., near Washington, D.C., February 6, 1819; interment in the churchyard of the Episcopal Church at Leesburg, Loudoun County, Va.

Bibliography

View of the Whole Ground: Being the Whole Correspondence Between Mr. John M. M’Carty and General A.T. Mason. Washington: n.p., 1818.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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