Biography of Henry W. Mason
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Mason, Henry W., chief of police of the city of New Bedford, was born in Portland, Chautauqua county, N. Y., November 25, 1840, a son of Norman and Sarah A. (Allen) Mason. During his early boyhood he worked on his father's farm and attended the schools of that vicinity. Later he attended the Fredonia Academy at Fredoflia (now the Fredonia Normal School), and was graduated in the class of 1859. During his course he paid his way by teaching country schools a part of the year. At the outbreak of the Civil war he at once enlisted in Co. D, of the 9th N. Y. Vol. Cavalry, and served in fifty four engagements, being mustered out at the close of the war with the rank of major, to which office he had risen from the ranks. Daring a part of his service he was on the staff of Brigadier General Buford of the Army of the Potomac. At the close of the war he engaged in business in the oil regions of Pennsylvania, and in September, 1876, came to New Bedford and engaged in business as a solicitor of patents Mr. Mason has been prominent in Grand Army affairs and in Masonic circles, having been cammance. R. A. Pierce Post No. 190, G. A. R., and eminent commander of Sutton Commandery, Knights Templar. He has been a staunch adherent of the Independent citizens' party for a number of years, but in National politics is a Republican and has served for some time as secretary of the Republican City Committee. October 9, 1867, he married Hattie A., daughter of William B. Stanton of New Bedford, and they have four sons: Frederic A., George N., Charles O., and Clarence W,

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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