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
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
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.
Illinois Democracy, Springfield IL Democratic
Historical Association. Volume 3. Page 54-6.
Sangamon Valley Collection, Lincoln Library.
Accessed August 9, 2011.
Savannah Little researcher