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The boy governor – Part 1


In a previous article, we looked at the few men who served in the United States Senate prior to reaching their constitutionally required thirtieth birthdays.

One of these young senators was Armistead Thomson Mason of Virginia who served for 14 months in 1816 and 1817. In researching his life, I ran across another tidbit of information that I found to be interesting.

One of Armistead Mason’s nephews, Stevens Thomson Mason, was the youngest person ever to be the governor of a U.S. state!

Not surprisingly, the Mason boys were members of a wealthy and prominent political family. Among family...

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