Mason C. Darling

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Mason C. Darling, painted by Samuel M. Brookes and Thomas H. Stevenson, 1856
Mason Cook Darling
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 2nd district
In office
June 9, 1848 – March 3, 1849
Preceded by District Created
Succeeded by Orsamus Cole
Personal details
Born May 18, 1801
Amherst, Massachusetts
Died March 12, 1866(1866-03-12) (aged 64)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic

Mason Cook Darling (May 18, 1801 – March 12, 1866) was a U.S. Representative from Wisconsin.[1]


Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, Darling attended the public schools. He taught school in the State of New York. He studied medicine. He was graduated from the Berkshire Medical College in 1824 and practiced medicine for thirteen years. He moved to Wisconsin Territory in 1837 and was one of the original settlers at Fond du Lac.

Public office[edit]

Mason served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the town of Greenwich in Hampshire County, Massachusetts in 1834 prior to moving to Wisconsin Territory.[2] He served as member of the Territorial legislative assembly 1840–1846, and as member of the Territorial Council in 1847 and 1848. Upon the admission of Wisconsin as a State into the Union, Darling was elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress. He represented Wisconsin's newly created 2nd congressional district and served from June 9, 1848, to March 3, 1849. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1848 to the Thirty-first Congress, and was succeeded by Orsamus Cole, a Whig. He was elected the first mayor of Fond du Lac in 1852.

Private life[edit]

In 1848, his daughter Helen married John A. Eastman. Darling founded Fond du Lac Lodge 26 Freemasons in 1849, and served as its First Master.[3] He resumed the practice of medicine and was a dealer in real estate at Fond du Lac until 1864, when he moved to Chicago, at the same time as the Eastmans.

He died in Chicago on March 12, 1866, and was interred in Rienzi Cemetery, Fond du Lac.


  1. ^ Wisconsin Historical Society-Mason C. Darling
  2. ^ 'Acts and Resolves Passed by the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,' Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: 1834, pg. 557
  3. ^ Masonic Lodge 26-Fond du Lac, Wisconsin


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
District Created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district

June 9, 1848 – March 3, 1849
Succeeded by
Orsamus Cole