Armistead Thomson Mason (1787 - 1819) MP

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Birthplace: Armisteads, Louisa County, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Bladensburg, Prince George's County, Maryland, United States
Cause of death: Killed in a duel with his brother-in-law, John Mason McCarty
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About Armistead Thomson Mason

Armistead Thomson Mason (August 4, 1787 – February 6, 1819), the son of Stevens Thomson Mason, was a U.S. Senator from Virginia from 1816 to 1817.

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 (1816). It was a bitter campaign that gave rise to several duels: Mason himself was later killed in a duel with his brother-in-law, 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.

Marriage and children

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

Stevens Thomson Mason (1819–14 June 1847)


Armistead Thomson Mason was the grandnephew of George Mason (1725–1792); grandson of Thomson Mason (1733–1785); son of Mary Elizabeth "Polly" Armistead Mason (1760–1825) and Stevens Thomson Mason (1760–1803); nephew of John Thomson Mason (1765–1824); second cousin of Thomson Francis Mason (1785–1838) and James Murray Mason (1798–1871); brother-in-law of William Taylor Barry (1784–1835); brother of John Thomson Mason (1787–1850); uncle of Stevens Thomson Mason (1811–1843); and first cousin of John Thomson Mason, Jr. (1815–1873).

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Armistead Thomson Mason, U.S. Senator's Timeline

August 4, 1787
Armisteads, Louisa County, Virginia, United States
February 6, 1819
Age 31
Bladensburg, Prince George's County, Maryland, United States
Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, United States