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Brayman, Mason

b. May 23, 1813, in Buffalo, New York; d. February 27, 1895, in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1836, Brayman was admitted to the bar in New York. He moved to Michigan where he practiced law and served briefly as the city attorney for Monroe, Michigan. In 1842, Brayman moved to Illinois, was admitted to the state bar, and continued the practice of law. In 1845, Brayman compiled the Illinois Revised Statutes, and that same year, Governor Thomas Ford gave him a special commission to investigate the difficulties between Mormons in Nauvoo, Illinois and their hostile neighbors. When Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1848, Brayman rented Lincoln's home while Lincoln lived in Washington. Brayman served as general solicitor for the Illinois Central Railroad from 1851 to 1855. With the outbreak of Civil War, Brayman volunteered for military service and eventually attained the rank of major-general of volunteers. After the war, Brayman became the editor of the Illinois State Journal and held that position until 1873 when he moved to Wisconsin. Brayman continued newspaper work until President Ulysses S. Grant appointed him Governor of the Idaho Territory in 1876. After the expiration of his term, Brayman moved to Wisconsin and then later to Missouri.
Allen Johnson, ed., Dictionary of American Biography (New York: Charles Scribner’s & Sons, 1964), 1:2:611-12; John Palmer, ed., The Bench and Bar of Illinois: Historical and Reminiscent (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1899), 1:231-32, 2:628-30. Illustration courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, IL.