Stevens Thomson Mason (Virginia)
Stevens Thomson Mason (December 29, 1760 – May 10, 1803) was a Colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, a member of the Virginia state legislature and a Republican U.S. Senator from Virginia (1794–1803).
Stevens Thomson Mason
|United States Senator|
November 18, 1794 – May 10, 1803
|Preceded by||James Monroe|
|Succeeded by||John Taylor|
|Member of the Virginia Senate from Loudoun and Fauquier Counties|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Loudoun County|
|Born||December 29, 1760|
Chopawamsic, Stafford County, Colony of Virginia
|Died||May 10, 1803 (aged 42)|
|Political party||Anti-Administration Party|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Elizabeth Armistead|
|Children||John Thomson Mason|
Armistead Thomson Mason
Stevens Thomson Mason
Mary Thomson Mason
Emily Rutger Mason
|Alma mater||The College of William & Mary|
Early life and military careerEdit
Mason was born at Chopawamsic in Stafford County, Virginia and attended College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Dumfries, Virginia in Prince William County, Virginia. He served in the Continental Army as an aide to General George Washington at the Battle of Yorktown and was a brigadier general in the Virginia Militia.
He was a member of the Virginia State House of Delegates in 1783 and 1794, a member of the Virginia State Senate 1787–1790, and a delegate to the Virginia Ratification Convention in 1788. In 1794, Mason was elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Monroe. He was reelected in 1797 and again in 1803, serving from 18 November 1794, until his death in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is interred in the family burying ground at Raspberry Plain in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Marriage and childrenEdit
Stevens Thomson Mason was a nephew of George Mason (1725–1792); son of Thomson Mason (1733–1785); brother of John Thomson Mason (1765–1824); half-brother of William Temple Thomson Mason (1782–1862); first cousin of George Mason V (1753–1796); first cousin once removed of Thomson Francis Mason (1785–1838), George Mason VI (1786–1834), Richard Barnes Mason (1797–1850), and James Murray Mason (1798–1871); father of Armistead Thomson Mason (1787–1819) and John Thomson Mason (1787–1850); uncle of John Thomson Mason, Jr. (1815–1873); and grandfather of Stevens Thomson Mason (1811–1843).
- United States Congress. "Stevens Thomson Mason (id: M000226)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
| U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Virginia
18 November 1794 – 10 May 1803
Served alongside: Henry Tazewell, Wilson C. Nicholas