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Brayman, Mason

Biography

23 May 1813–27 Feb. 1895. Farmer, lawyer, printer, editor, soldier, railroad developer, politician. Born in Buffalo, Erie Co., New York. Son of Daniel Brayman and Anna English. Prominent Baptist layman and temperance crusader. Edited Buffalo Bulletin, 1834–1835. Admitted to bar, 1836. Married Mary Williams, 6 Sept. 1836. Moved to Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan, by 1838. Appointed Monroe city attorney, 1838. Moved to Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky, by 1841. Editor of Louisville Advertiser. Moved to Springfield, Sangamon Co., Illinois, 1842, and established law practice. Appointed agent by Illinois governor to gather information about Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, 1843. Appointed by Illinois governor and legislature to revise and publish state statutes, 1844–1845. Served in Civil War. Moved to New Orleans, after May 1865. Revived railroad enterprises in southern U.S. Returned to Springfield, by Aug. 1867. Moved to Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois, by 1870. Editor of Illinois State Journal, 1872–1873. Moved to Ripon, Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin, 1874, and wrote for newspaper Commonwealth. Served as governor of Idaho Territory, 1876–1880. Resumed law practice in Ripon, Aug. 1880. Moved to Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri, by 1887. Died in Kansas City.

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