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Emily Virginia Mason (1815–1909). F. A. Perkins. 1878. Oil on canvas. The Library of Virginia
Shaping Public Opinion -Writing Virginia's History

A great-granddaughter of Virginia’s Revolutionary War patriot George Mason, Emily Virginia Mason was educated at Mrs. Emma Willard’s boarding school in Troy, New York. During the Civil War, she served as matron at several Confederate hospitals. After the war, she spent much of her fifteen years in Paris as assistant principal of an American school for girls.

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