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John Young Mason dies in Paris where he is United States Minister

John Young Mason, detail
10/03/1859
John Young Mason, United States Ambassador to France, died of a stroke in Paris aged sixty. Formerly Secretary of the Navy and Attorney General in the Tyler and Polk cabinets, he was Virginian who strongly supported slavery. He had been involved soon after his arrival in Paris in 1853 in the "Ostend Manifesto" affair in which American diplomats outlined a secret plan to purchase Cuba from Spain. His remains were returned to the United States and buried in Richmond. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1861 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1861), 390.

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