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Armistead Thomson Mason

Armistead Thomson Mason
United States Senator
from Virginia
In office
January 3, 1816 – March 4, 1817
Preceded by William Branch Giles
Succeeded by John Wayles Eppes
Personal details
Born (1787-08-04)August 4, 1787
Armisteads, Louisa County, Virginia
Died February 6, 1819(1819-02-06) (aged 31)
Bladensburg dueling grounds, Bladensburg, Maryland
Political party Democratic-Republican Party
Spouse(s) Charlotte Eliza Taylor
Children Stevens Thomson Mason
Residence Selma, Leesburg, Virginia
Alma mater The College of William & Mary
Occupation lawyer, planter
Religion Episcopalian

Armistead Thomson Mason (August 4, 1787 – February 6, 1819),[1][2] the son of Stevens Thomson Mason,[1][2] was a U.S. Senator from Virginia from 1816 to 1817. Mason was also the youngest person to ever serve in the US Senate at the age of 28 and 5 months even though the age of requirement for the US Senate in the constitution is 30 years old.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Political career 2
  • Marriage and children 3
  • Relations 4
  • Ancestry 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

He was born at Armisteads in Louisa County, Virginia, graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1807 and engaged in agricultural pursuits until he became colonel of Virginia Volunteers in the War of 1812 and subsequently brigadier general of Virginia Militia.

Political career

He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Branch Giles, despite being constitutionally underage for the office. Mason served from January 3, 1816, to March 4, 1817. He then moved to Loudoun County, Virginia where he was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Fifteenth Congress (1817). It was a bitter campaign that gave rise to several duels: Mason himself was later killed in a duel with his second cousin, John Mason McCarty, at Bladensburg Duelling Field, Maryland, as a result of this campaign. He is buried in the churchyard of the Episcopal Church at Leesburg, Virginia.[1][2]

Marriage and children

Mason married on 1 May 1817 to Charlotte Eliza Taylor (died 1846) at Dr. Charles Cocke's in Albemarle County, Virginia.[1][2] The couple had one son:[1][2]

  • Stevens Thomson Mason (1819–14 June 1847)[1]


Armistead Thomson Mason was the grandnephew of

  • Armistead Thomson Mason. Find a Grave.

External links

United States Senate
Preceded by
William B. Giles
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Virginia
January 3, 1816 – March 4, 1817
Served alongside: James Barbour
Succeeded by
John W. Eppes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Gunston Hall. "Armistead Thomson Mason". Gunston Hall. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m The Political Graveyard (June 16, 2008). "Mason family of Virginia". The Political Graveyard. Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 



[2][1] (1815–1873).John Thomson Mason, Jr. and first cousin of [2][1] (1811–1843);Stevens Thomson Mason uncle of [2][1] (1787–1850);John Thomson Mason (1784–1835); brother of William Taylor Barry brother-in-law of [2][1] (1798–1871);James Murray Mason (1785–1838) and Thomson Francis Mason second cousin of [2][1] (1765–1824);John Thomson Mason nephew of [2][1] (1760–1803);Stevens Thomson Mason son of Mary Elizabeth "Polly" Armistead Mason (1760–1825) and [2][1] (1733–1785);Thomson Mason grandson of [2][1]

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