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John Young Mason

Biography of John Young Mason

Biographic Details

  • Family Name (Surname): Mason
  • First Name: John
  • Middle Name: Young
  • Date of Birth: April , 18 , 1799
  • Place of Birth (POB): Hicksford (now Emporia) , Virginia (US-VA, VA, 51, Va., Virg.)
  • Date of Death: October , 3 , 1859
  • Place of Death (POD): Paris , France
  • Gender Identity: Male
  • Race or Ethnicity: White

John Young Mason Court Service Information

  • Court Name: United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Court Type: United States District Court
  • Appointment under the Presidency of: Martin Van Buren ( Democratic )
  • Judge Nomination vote date (as recorded in the Senate Executive Journal): 02/26/1841
  • Seat vacated by: Daniel , Peter V.
  • Senate voice vote?: Yes
  • Senate vote Date (Confirmation Date): 03/02/1841
  • Commission Date: 03/03/1841
  • Date of Termination: 03/23/1844
  • Termination of function of Judge (specific reason): Resignation

John Young Mason in the Law School

  • Name of School: University of North Carolina
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts (A.B.)
  • Law Degree Year: 1816

Second Law School Attendance

  • Law Degree (Name of School): Litchfield (Tapping Reeve) Law School

Third Law School Attendance

  • Law Degree (Name of School): Read law
  • Law Degree Year: 1819

John Young Mason Career Path


  • Private practice, Greensville County, Virginia, 1819-1821
  • Private practice, Southampton County, Virginia, 1821-1831
  • State delegate, Virginia, 1823-1827
  • State senator, Virginia, 1827-1831
  • Commonwealth's attorney, Greensville County, Virginia, 1827-1831
  • U.S. representative from Virginia, 1831-1837
  • Private practice, Hicksford (now Emporia), Virginia, 1837-1841
  • Secretary of the Navy, 1844-1845, 1846-1849
  • Attorney General of the United States, 1845-1846
  • Private practice, Richmond, Virginia, 1849-1854
  • Minister plenipotentiary to France, U.S. Department of State, 1854-1859


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