Harry H Mason, the 19th circuit clerk of
Sangamon County, was born on December 16, 1873 in McLean County, IL. He was the
son of James A and Lovenia F Mason. As a young man, journalism sparked his
interest, which resulted in an eleven year career with a newspaper called the
Delevan Advertiser. In 1903, Mason became the owner of the Pawnee Herald;
Mason supported newspaper journalism throughout his life, serving as an active
member of the Central Illinois Press Association and spending 8 of those years
of service as President.
Mr. Mason was a very active and dedicated democrat. He
was “prominent in the ranks of Illinois Democracy”, which was proven on November
6, 1934, the day he was elected as a representative in Congress. Mason had
extensive influence in the community, which can be credited to his involvement
as a Democratic Party worker and leader, his time spent as county treasurer, and
as a journalist “on the side of progress and constructive effort”.
Mason was the successor to County Treasurer Charles L
Koehn, another former circuit clerk. Mason was married to Mabel Pennoyer of
Springfield on August 17, 1912. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and
was an ordained ruling elder in the church. Mason continued to work in the
community as the President of the Board of Education in Pawnee, Illinois.
Townsend, Walter. Illinois Democracy, Springfield IL
Democratic Historical Association. Volume 3. Page 54-6. Sangamon Valley
Collection, Lincoln Library. Accessed August 9, 2011.
Savannah Little researcher