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Joseph MASON

(1828-1914)

MASON, Joseph, a Representative from New York; born in Plattsburg, Clinton County, N.Y., March 30, 1828; moved with his parents to Hamilton, Madison County, N.Y., in 1840; attended Hamilton Academy and Madison College (later Colgate University), Hamilton, N.Y.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1849 and practiced in Hamilton, N.Y.; elected justice of the peace in 1849 and served in that capacity until 1904; elected county judge and surrogate of Madison County for the term commencing January 1, 1864, and served four years; collector of internal revenue 1871-1876; served as city attorney for many years; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1883); was not a candidate for renomination in 1882; resumed the practice of law in Hamilton, N.Y., and died there May 31, 1914; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

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