Age: 0, credited to Putney, VT
Unit(s): US Army
Service: Paymaster, USA [College: UVM 58]
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Birth: 12/31/1831, Putney, VT
Burial: Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jay Kelly/Findagrave
Findagrave Memorial #: 37193640
Alias?: None noted
College?: BA/AM, UVM '58
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, DC
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BiographyMASON, GEORGE, of Washington, D. C., son of Ephraim Hubbard and Prudence (Hills) Mason, was born in Putney, Dec. 31, 1831. His parents removed to Brookline in 1832, where they resided for more than thirty years, and where his father died, having been a prominent man in the town which he represented in the Legislatures of 1835 and 1836. His grandfather, Anthony Mason, moved to Brookline from Warren, R. I., in 1796. He married Elizabeth Temple, of Dummerston, and raised a large family, of whom Ephraim Hubbard was the eldest. The maternal grandfather of George Mason, Samuel Hills, was a soldier in the Continental army in the war of the Revolution. He was taken prisoner at Quebec and paroled, but never exchanged. His two brothers, Nathaniel and William, were also sodiers during the Revolution. Their father, Nathaniel, lived in Swanzey, N. H., where he and his wife were much esteemed. The Mason family were of English descent.
George Mason grew up very much like other Vermont boys of fifty years ago, attending school a few months in summer and in winter, and working on his father's farm in spring and autumn. He thus, in boyhood, acquired some knowledge of the elements of an English education and of farming. As he grew older he became ambitious of obtaining a more liberal education, and he succeeded without assistance in mastering the principles of algebra and surveying, while with assistance of Prof. L. F. Ward, at Saxton's River and at WEstminster, he acquired such knowledge of other branches as was necessary for admission to Vermont University. He graduated from the university in the class of 1858, and has since received the honorary degree of A.M. rom his alma mater. Durig his four years at the university and even before that time he earned a great part of the means to pay his bills by teaching for a part of each years, and after graduation he continued to teach for several years, principally in Worcester county, Mass.
In 1862, June 11, he married Josephine Augusta, daughter of Col. Moses and Louisa (Pitts) Buffum of Oxford, Mass. Of this marriage he has two sons: H. Harry Buffum, and George Ernest.
In 1859 he was made a Master Mason, in Putney. In 1860 he became a charter member of the Oxford Lodge in Massachusetts, and its first worshipful master. He was subsequently re-elected and installed by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. In 1863 he removed to Washington, D. C., where he received an appointment in the office of the paymaster general of the army, and served for five years, reading law meanwhile, and graduating from the law department of Columbia College with the degree of LL. B. He was admitted, on graduation, to the bar of the District Supreme Court, and practiced his profession for some years, making a specialty of bankruptcy law. He subsequently withdrew from practice and engaged in the real estate business. In 1869 he was elected a member of the school board of Washington, D. C., serving one year.
In 1889 he visited Europe with his family, and spent the summer of that year in Paris at the Exposition. He afterwards traveled in Great Britain and on the Continent, visiting several European countries, witnessing the celebrated passion play at Ober Ammergau, and spending some time in Munich, Vienna and other capital cities, viewing their treasures of art and relics of antiquity, and studying the social and industrial conditions of the people as developed under their various political institutions. In the winter of 1890 he returned to his native land, a more appreciative and ardent lover of its free institutions.
Republican in politics, his sympathies are with and for the race which owes its enfranchisement to that party, and with the struggling masses rather than with the favored few.
Jacob G. Ullery, Men of Vermont An Illustrated Biograhical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), pp. 105-106.