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BIOGRAPHY: Wylie W. Mason (ca. 1800-1870)



(ca. 1800-1870)

Georgia, Coosa and Macon Counties

(Excerpt from History of Coosa County: by the Rev. George Evans Brewer, 1887)

Another man who rose to prominence in the early history of Coosa, was Wiley W. Mason, another native of Georgia, and graduate of her University. He came to Wetumpka in 1838, and became a law partner of A. B. Dawson. He rose rapidly in his profession, and in 1845 was elected Chancellor of the Middle Chancery Division over J. B. Clark of Green, and W. W. Morris of Coosa.

He bought a farm in the Elkahatchie neighborhood and lived upon it a few years. He was the first clerk of the Central Baptist Association. In 1852, he moved to Macon County while still Chancellor. He was a prominent member of the Baptist church and was at times elected as President of the Alabama Baptist State Convention.

He was one of the representatives of Macon County in 1861 and was made Speaker of the House. He was a pleasant genial man, easy to approach, of good ability as a lawyer, and a pleasant speaker. His Fourth of July oration at the celebration in Wetumpka in 1839, was said by The Argus to have been quite eloquent.

He died at Tuskegee in 1870, much loved for his warm and generous heart, and affable manners.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Alabama, Her History, Resources, War Record, and Public Men: From 1540 to 1872 by Willis Brewer

The late Wylie W. Mason resided in Macon. He was a native of Georgia, and was educated at the State University there. About the year 1838, he came to this State, and began the practice of law at Wetumka, associated with Hon Armistead B. Dawson…..He left a number of descendants in the county; and one of his sons, the late Wm. R. Mason, was register in chancery here for many years. Chancellor Mason was a gentleman of high moral standing and of fair talents.

(From A Register of the Officers and Students of the University of Alabama 1831-1901)

Mason, Wylie Alfred, D. D. ’92, minister, Amarillo, Tex.

1862, Tuskegee; s. Wylie W. Mason, Tuskegee, and Matilda Warren Catchings; b. June 3, 1846; Sergeant, Co. B, 61st Ala. Reg., 1863. Lieut., 1865, C.S.A.: Pastor Baptist Churches at Glenville, 1869, Okolona, 1870, Grenada, 1873, Canton, 1875, Chrystal Springs, Miss., 1886, Monroe, La. 1878, Bowling Green, Ky., 1891, Dearwood, S. D., 1895, Amarillo, Tex., 1897; Employed as Lecturer in Chicago, Wisconsin and Iowa; Author of “Lessons of the Ages for this Age,” “Ephesian Truth,” “the Satan of Scripture versus the Devil of Christendom;” m. (1) Mary Hill Stackhouse, Chrystal Springs, Miss. Nov. 7, 1871, (2) Pearle Martha Bailey, Louisville, Ky., July 26, 1892.

History of Coosa County Alabama by Rev. George E. Brewer