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This article is about Murray Mason, for his brother see James Murray Mason.
Murray Mason
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Born: January 4, 1808(1808-01-04)
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Died: January 11, 1875 (aged 67)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Murray Mason (4 January 1808–11 January 1875)[1][2] was an American military officer. Mason was a grandson of George Mason, author of the Virginia Bill of Rights and Founding Father of the United States.

Early life[]

Mason and his twin brother, Maynadier Mason (died April 1865), were born on 4 January 1808 in Georgetown, District of Columbia.[1][2] Mason was a son of prominent businessman John Mason and his wife Anna Maria Murray.[1][2] His older brother was James Murray Mason, a United States Representative and United States Senator from Virginia.[1][2]

Military career[]

Prior to 1861, Mason was employed by the United States Navy and served as a captain.[1][3] Between 1861 and 1865, Mason served as a lieutenant in the Confederate States Navy during the American Civil War.[3]

Marriage and children[]

Mason married Clara Cecilia Forsyth, daughter of John Forsyth, 13th United States Secretary of State, on 7 December 1837.[1][2][3] Mason and his wife had four children:[1][2]

  • Fanny Forsyth Mason (1838–7 March 1907)[1][2]
  • Clara Forsyth Mason McGuire (1840–7 November 1877)[1][2]
  • Virginia Mason Bower (1842–12 May 1926)[1][2]
  • Anna Maria Mason Davis (1842–1928)[1][2]

The Mason family resided at their Chestnut Hill estate in Fairfax County, Virginia.


Mason died on 11 January 1875 in Alexandria, Virginia at age 67.[1][2] His body was interred at Christ Church Cemetery in Alexandria.[1]


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