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William Ernest Mason (July 7, 1850 – June 16, 1921) was a Republican U.S. Representative and Senator from Illinois. He is the father of Winnifred Sprague Mason Huck.

William Ernest Mason
United States Senator
from Illinois
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byJohn M. Palmer
Succeeded byAlbert J. Hopkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1917 – June 16, 1921
Preceded byWilliam E. Williams
Succeeded byWinnifred S. M. Huck
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891
Preceded byJames Hugh Ward
Succeeded byAllan C. Durborow, Jr.
Member of the Illinois Senate
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
Personal details
Born(1850-07-07)July 7, 1850
Franklinville, New York
DiedJune 16, 1921(1921-06-16) (aged 70)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican

Mason was born in Franklinville, New York. His family moved to Bentonsport, Iowa when he was 8. He attended Birmingham College. After graduating, he taught at Bentonsport Academy, which he had previously attended. After studying law, he moved to Chicago in 1872 and was admitted to the bar.

Mason was elected to Congress in 1886 and again two years later. Following his defeat in 1890, he returned to law practice in Chicago in 1891 but was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1896. After one term, he returned to Chicago. He served three more terms in the House from 1917 until his death. On April 5, 1917, he was one of 50 representatives who voted against declaring war on Germany. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Waukegan, Illinois.

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External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "William E. Mason (id: M000228)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Works by or about William E. Mason at Internet Archive
  • Works by or about William E. Mason in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  • William E. Mason, Memorial addresses delivered in the House of Representatives and Senate frontispiece 1922
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James H. Ward
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Allan C. Durborow, Jr.
Preceded by
William E. Williams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1917 – June 16, 1921
Succeeded by
Winnifred S. M. Huck
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
John M. Palmer
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Illinois
Served alongside: Shelby M. Cullom
Succeeded by
Albert J. Hopkins