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MASON, Ebenezer Porter, astronomer, born in Washington, Connecticut, 7 December, 1819 ; died in Richmond, Virginia, 20 December, 1840. He was graduated at Yale in 1889, and, being compelled by delicate health to abandon studies that he had undertaken as a resident graduate, he joined the Maine boundary expedition in 1840. This failed to restore his health, and he went to the south, but without avail, he published occasional poems and a paper on "Observations on Nebulae," which appeared in the " Transactions of the American Philosophical Society" for 1840, and elicited favorable comment from Sir John Herschel ; also "An Introduction to Practical Astronomy," appended as a supplement to Olmsted's "Practical Astronomy (New York, 1842)o See his " Life and Writings," by Denison Olmsted (New York, 1842).
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