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William Pinckney Mason
Born William Pinckney Mason
January 10, 1843(1843-01-10)
Alexandria, Virginia
Died December 16, 1922 (aged 79)
Rockville, Maryland
Resting place Rockville Union Cemetery
Nationality American
Ethnicity European American
Citizenship United States of America
Confederate States of America
Occupation Confederate States Army officer
Known for commander of the iron hull gunboat CSS Beaufort during the American Civil War
Religion Episcopalian
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Ruthven McGill
Children Wardlaw McGill Mason
Lucius Randolph Mason
Shirley Carter Mason Prescott
Parents Richard Chichester Mason
Lucy Bolling Randolph
Relatives great-grandson of George Mason IV

William Pinckney Mason (10 January 1843–16 December 1922)[1] was a Lieutenant in the Confederate States Navy. Mason was a great-grandson of George Mason, author of the Virginia Bill of Rights, and his wife Ann Eilbeck.[1]

Early life and education[]

Mason was born on 10 January 1843 in Alexandria and was the youngest child of a large family born to Dr. Richard Chichester Mason and his wife Lucy Bolling Randolph.[1][2]

American Civil War[]

Mason resigned from the United States Navy as an acting midshipman on 19 April 1861.[3] Mason enlisted in the Confederate States Navy where he became an acting midshipman on 11 June 1861.[3] On 7 January 1864, Mason was promoted to master in line of promotion and was made 2nd Lieutenant on 2 June 1864.[3] Mason served on the CSS United States in 1861.[3] Mason later served as commander of the CSS Beaufort and CSS Virginia II.[3]

Marriage and children[]

Mason married Elizabeth Ruthven McGill on 29 January 1873.[1] He and Elizabeth had three children:[1]

  • Wardlaw McGill Mason (1876–1936)[1]
  • Lucius Randolph Mason (28 January 1886–23 November 1984)[1]
  • Shirley Carter Mason Prescott (12 October 1891–21 March 1972)[1]

Later life[]

After a brief illness, Mason died on 16 December 1922 at his residence in Rockville, Maryland at the age of 80.[1][2] He was buried after 16 December 1923 at Rockville Union Cemetery.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Gunston Hall. "William Pinckney Mason". Gunston Hall. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 United Confederate Veterans, Sons of Confederate Veterans (Organization, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Confederated Southern Memorial Association). The Confederate Veteran Magazine, Volume 31. S.A. Cunningham. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Library of Virginia. "Confederate Navy". Library of Virginia. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 

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