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Thomson Francis Mason: A Legacy of Leadership and Legal Influence

Thomson Francis Mason was born into the prestigious Mason family of Virginia in 1785. He was educated at Princeton and became a successful lawyer. He served as a judge, planter, councilman, and mayor of Alexandria. His leadership was marked by efforts to enhance the city’s infrastructure and legal framework.

Early Life and Education

Thomson Francis Mason was born in Gunston Hall, the estate of his grandfather, George Mason IV, a Founding Father of the United States. He was educated at Princeton University, where he graduated in 1804.


After graduating from Princeton, Thomson Francis Mason began a career in law. He was admitted to the bar in 1806 and practiced law in Alexandria. He also served as a judge of the Alexandria Court of Common Pleas from 1817 to 1825.

In addition to his legal career, Thomson Francis Mason was also active in politics. He served as a councilman in Alexandria from 1819 to 1823 and as mayor of the city from 1827 to 1830. He was also a delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829.


Thomson Francis Mason died in Alexandria in 1838. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth Clapham Mason, and their eight children. His legacy includes his contributions to the legal system, the city of Alexandria, and the Mason family.

In memory of
Died Dec. 21, 1838
Aged 53 years.
his wife
Died May 7, 1873
Aged 71 years.
Their infant children
their daughter MATILDA E RHETT
Died Feb 22, 1871
Died April 18, 1888 
Aged 18 years
I know that my Redeemer liveth.
youngest daughter of
Born March 9, 1832
Died January 31, 1919.
Lot 89

Sources of Information

The Alexandria Association. (1956). Our Town 1749 – 1865. At Gadsby’s Tavern Alexandria, Virginia. The Dietz Printing Company.

Pippenger, W. E. (1992). Tombstone Inscriptions of Alexandria, VA (Volume 3). Family Line Publications. Westminster, Maryland.

Powell, M. G., & Pippenger, W. E. (Indexer). (2000). The History of Old Alexandria, VA, from July 13, 1749 – May 24, 1861. Westminster, Maryland: Willow Bend Books.

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Hello. My journey has taken me through various paths, from owning businesses to delving deep into the annals of history. For many years, I dedicated myself to researching and leading tours of Civil War Battlefields, bringing the past to life for those eager to learn.

In 2015, I assumed the role of Superintendent of the Presbyterian Cemetery and Columbarium within the Wilkes Street Cemetery Complex in Alexandria, Virginia. This cemetery holds a profoundly special place in my heart. It's owned by the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, where I was baptized and raised, and my parents are laid to rest. It's also the place where I will one day be buried. This responsibility allowed me to assist families during pivotal moments and opened a unique avenue for me. Most Saturdays, I lead tours within the complex, combining my passion for teaching history with the stories of the 35,000 souls resting there. To further share these narratives, I established this blog focusing on the lives and tales of those buried in Alexandria.

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