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Jeremiah Mason papers

Call Number: MS 347

Scope and Contents

The Jeremiah Mason Papers span the years 1798-1844. The collection, although small, is an exceedingly rich one for the early years of the nineteenth century.

Family and personal matters are touched upon in the correspondence, but the bulk of the material is concerned with the political scene between 1800 and 1825. Mason's correspondence with people both in and outside of Washington kept him informed of the political climate during the administrations of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Of particular interest are the letters of Nicholas Biddle, President fo the Bank of the United States.

Among the topical subjects mentioned in the papers are Aaron Burr's activities, various bills before the House and Senate, the Tripolitan War, treaties, consummated or otherwise, with Great Britain and Spain, the War of 1812, the presidential elections of 1816 and 1824, the embargo, the tariff, and the Dartmouth College Case.

The Jeremiah Mason Papers were purchased in 1964.


  • 1798-1844


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Existence and Location of Copies

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Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, 1964.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence during his terms as Attorney General of New Hampshire (1802-1805), as a senator in the United States Senate (1813-1817), and as a representative in the New Hampshire House of Representatives (1820-1824). The correspondence also reflects his activities in private practice and in local issues, such as the Dartmouth College Case (1818-1819). The correspondence, which is largely political, reflects the issues of the times, among them Aaron Burr's activities, the Tripolitan War, the War of 1812, the presidential elections of 1816 and 1824, the embargo and the tariff. Among the correspondents are Nicholas Biddle, David Daggett, Rufus King, William Plumer, Benjamin Tappan and Bennett Tyler.

Biographical / Historical

1782-84: Prepared for college under Nathan Tisdale of Lebanon

1784: Entered Yale College, New Haven.

1788: Graduated from Yale College.

1788-89: Read law in the office of the Hon. Simeon Baldwin in New Haven.

1789-91: Read law in the office of Gen. Stephen Row Bradley in Wetminster, VT.

1791: Admitted to the Vermont bar.

1791-94: Practiced law in Westmoreland, New Hampshire

1794-97: Practiced law in Walpole, New Hampshire

1797: Removed to Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1797-1832).

1799: Married Mary Means, 1777-1858, daughter of Colonel Robert Means of Amherst, New Hampshire.

1802: Appointed Attorney General of New Hampshire (served 1802-05)

1813: Elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate (served 1813-17)

1815: Received an honory L.L.D. From Bowdoin College.

1816: Declined appoint as Chief Justice of New Hampshire.

1817: Resigned from the Senate; re-entered private practice; received an honorary L.L.D. From Harvard College.

1818-19: Associated with Daniel Webster and Jeremiah Smith in the Dartmouth College Case.

1820: Elected tot he New Hampshire House of Representatives (served 1820-24)

1823: Received an honorary L.L.D. from Dartmouth College.

1824: Candidate for election to the United States Senate; defeated in legislature by one vote.

1828: Chosen president and counsel for Portsmouth Branch of the Bank of the United States (served 1828-32).

1832: Moved to Boston to practice law.

1838: Retired from the active practice of law.

1848 Oct 14: Died in Boston; buried in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Guide to the Jeremiah Mason Papers
Under Revision
September 1982
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Finding aid written in English.

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