Letter from Senator James M. Mason to U.S. President James Buchanan C0365
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James Murray Mason, born on November 3, 1798, was a U.S. Senator, representing Virginia from 1847 - 1861. He was the son of John Mason, the grandson of George Mason IV, and the brother of Maynadier Mason. Mason vehemently support southern states' interests, introducing the Fugitive Slave Act on January 4, 1850, which eventually was passed. Upon the advent of the Civil War, he joined the Confederacy, and was eventually expelled from the Senate. Mason was a key player in the Trent Affair, in which the U.S. arrested him and former Senator John Slidell for acting as diplomats to Europe from the Confederacy. After his release from prison, he continued to represent the Confederacy until its downfall, and then resided in Canada until 1868. He then returned to Virginia, passing away April 28, 1871.
Letter from Senator James M. Mason to U.S. President James Buchanan, written on June 20, 1860, recommending an individual for service as a Lieutenant in the Marine Corps.
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The Special Collections Research Center holds other items related to the Mason family, including the Mason family manuscript account book and the George Mason letters to John Augustine Washington III. It also holds the Letter from Senator James M. Mason likely to U.S. Secretary of State William Marcy.
James Buchanan, 1791-1868
United States. Congress. Senate
A digitized version of the letter can be found here: Letter from Senator James M. Mason to U.S. President James Buchanan.
Letter from Senator James M. Mason to U.S. President James Buchanan, C0365, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.
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Reprocessing completed by Amanda Brent in June 2019. EAD markup completed by Amanda Brent in June 2019. This collection used to be a part of the Virginia historical documents collection, C0034.
"James Murray Mason: A Featured Biography." United States Senate. https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/Featured_Bio_MasonJamesMurray.htm (accessed June 28, 2019).