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MASON, Edward Ray, lawyer, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, 23 August, 1839. His father, Roswell, was a civil engineer, and became mayor of Chicago. The son was graduated at Yale in 1860, studied law at Chicago, was for several years a member of the firm of Mattocks and Mason, and afterward, with his brothers, Henry and Alfred, formed the firm of Mason Brothers, which enjoys a large practice. He has been president of the Chicago bar association and the Chicago literary club, is president of the University club of Chicago, and in November, 1887, was elected president of the Chicago historical society to succeed Elihu B. Washburne. Mr. Mason is a member of the various historical associations, has published pamphlets on the early history of Illinois, and has contributed to magazines, etc.
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