History of the Federal Judiciary

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Mason, John Young
Born April 18, 1799, in Hicksford (now Emporia), VA
Died October 3, 1859, in Paris, France

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Nominated by Martin Van Buren on February 26, 1841, to a seat vacated by Peter V. Daniel. Confirmed by the Senate on March 2, 1841, and received commission on March 3, 1841. Service terminated on March 23, 1844, due to resignation.

Litchfield (Tapping Reeve) Law School
University of North Carolina, A.B., 1816
Read law, 1819

Professional Career:
Private practice, Greensville County, Virginia, 1819-1821
Private practice, Southampton County, Virginia, 1821-1831
State delegate, Virginia, 1823-1827
State senator, Virginia, 1827-1831
Commonwealth's attorney, Greensville County, Virginia, 1827-1831
U.S. representative from Virginia, 1831-1837
Private practice, Hicksford (now Emporia), Virginia, 1837-1841
Secretary of the Navy, 1844-1845, 1846-1849
Attorney General of the United States, 1845-1846
Private practice, Richmond, Virginia, 1849-1854
Minister plenipotentiary to France, U.S. Department of State, 1854-1859
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