William E. Mason

William Ernest Mason
United States Senator
from Illinois
In office
March 4, 1897  March 3, 1903
Preceded by John M. Palmer
Succeeded by Albert J. Hopkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1917  June 16, 1921
Preceded by William E. Williams
Succeeded by Winnifred S. M. Huck
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1887  March 3, 1891
Preceded by James H. Ward
Succeeded by Allan C. Durborow, Jr.
Member of the Illinois Senate
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
Personal details
Born (1850-07-07)July 7, 1850
Franklinville, New York
Died June 16, 1921(1921-06-16) (aged 70)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican

William Ernest Mason (July 7, 1850  June 16, 1921) was a Republican U.S. Representative and Senator from Illinois. He is the father of Winnifred Sprague Mason Huck.

Mason was born in Franklinville, New York. His family moved to Bentonsport, Iowa when he was 8. He attended Birmingham College. After graduating, he taught at Bentonsport Academy, which he had previously attended. After studying law, he moved to Chicago in 1872 and was admitted to the bar.

Mason was elected to Congress in 1886 and again two years later. Following his defeat in 1890, he returned to law practice in Chicago in 1891, but was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1896. After one term, he returned to Chicago. He served three more terms in the House from 1917 until his death. On April 5, 1917, he was one of 50 representatives who voted against declaring war on Germany. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Waukegan, Illinois.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James H. Ward
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Allan C. Durborow, Jr.
Preceded by
William E. Williams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1917 June 16, 1921
Succeeded by
Winnifred S. M. Huck
United States Senate
Preceded by
John M. Palmer
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Illinois
Served alongside: Shelby M. Cullom
Succeeded by
Albert J. Hopkins
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