DARLING, Mason Cook, (1801 - 1866)


DARLING, Mason Cook, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Amherst, Hampshire County, Mass., May 18, 1801; attended the public schools; taught school in the State of New York; studied medicine; was graduated from the Berkshire Medical College in 1824 and practiced medicine for thirteen years; moved to Wisconsin in 1837 and was one of the original settlers at Fond du Lac; member of the Territorial legislative assembly 1840-1846; member of the Territorial council in 1847 and 1848; upon the admission of Wisconsin as a State into the Union was elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress and served from June 9, 1848, to March 3, 1849; was not a candidate for renomination in 1848; was elected the first mayor of Fond du Lac in 1852; resumed the practice of medicine and was a dealer in real estate at Fond du Lac until 1864, when he moved to Chicago; died in Chicago, Ill., March 12, 1866; interment in Rienzi Cemetery, Fond du Lac, Wis.