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Mary Wood Mason (Knight)

Also Known As: "Mary Knight Wood Mason"
Birthplace: East Hampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
Death: December 20, 1944 (87)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lt. Gov. Horatio Gates Knight and Mary Ann Knight
Sister of Alice E. Hopkins; Horatio Williston Knight; Lucy Knight; Charles Huntoon Knight; Russell Wright Knight and 1 other

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About Mary Knight Wood

Mary Knight Wood Mason (17 April 1857 – 20 December 1944) was an American pianist, music educator and composer. She was born in Easthampton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Lieutenant-governor, manufacturer and philanthropist Horatio G. Knight and Mary Ann Huntoon Knight. She was educated at Charlier Institute in New York and Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut, studying music with Karl Klauser, Benjamin Johnson Lang and Henry Holden Huss.

Knight married Charles Greenleaf Wood of Boston in 1879, and Alfred Bishop Mason of New York in 1914, after which she lived in New York City and summered at a cabin in the Catskill Mountains. She died in Florence, Italy.


Wood published about fifty songs. Selected works include:



Ashes of Roses (Words by Elaine Goodale)

Thy Name

Songs of Sleep

Her music has been recorded and issued on CD, including:

Women at an Exposition: Music Composed by Women and Performed at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago Audio CD (July 27, 1993) Koch Int'l Classics, ASIN: B000001SH8

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Mary Knight Wood's Timeline

April 7, 1857
East Hampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
December 20, 1944
Age 87