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MASON, Jonathan, senator, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 30 August, 1752; died there, 1 November, 1831. He was graduated at Princeton in 1774, studied law under John Adams, and was admitted to the bar in 1777. On 5 March, 1780, he delivered the official oration before the authorities of Boston on the tenth anniversary of the Boston massacre, of which he had been an eye-witness. He was repeatedly sent to the legislature, was a member of the governor's council in 1798, and was elected to the United States senate to fill a vacancy, serving from 19 December, 1800, till 3 March, 1803. In that body he took an active part in the debates, especially those on the repeal of the judiciary act of 1S01. He was elected to the lower house of congress as a Federalist, serving from 1 December, 1817, till 15 May, 1820, when he resigned. Mr. Mason held a high position at the bar and possessed great dignity of character.
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