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William Mason McCARTY

(17891863)

McCARTY, William Mason, a Representative from Virginia; born at “Cedar Grove,” Fairfax County, Va., about 1789; received his early education from private tutors; attended the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1813 and 1814; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Virginia; member of the State senate in 1823; moved to Florida and was prominently identified with the administration of the newly acquired territory; appointed by President John Quincy Adams as secretary of the Territory of Florida to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of George Walton in 1826; served as Governor of the Territory for a short time in 1827; returned to Virginia in 1830 and settled in Loudoun County; resumed the practice of his profession; again a member of the State senate 1830-1839; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Charles F. Mercer and served from January 25, 1840, to March 3, 1841; moved to Richmond, Va., in 1852 and died there December 20, 1863; interment in Shockoe Hill Cemetery.

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

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