Henry Mayson

Henry Mayson (Hinds County)

State House: 1870-1873

Born: c. 1835 in Mississippi

Worked as a barber before he entered politics after emancipation. Established a newspaper called The Colored Citizen in 1867. Appointed in 1870 to head the Hinds County board of school directors. Corresponding secretary for the Jackson Baptist Association. Appointed to the Lawrence County board of registration in 1879 and an election commissioner in 1883.

Listed on the 1870 census in Hinds County and on the 1880, 1900, and 1910 census in Lawrence County.

“A native of Mississippi, Mayson (whose name was also spelled Mason) was secretary of the 1865 black convention at Vicksburg. He was active in black meetings in the city, in organizing a ‘school committee,’ and in attempting to obtain land for freedmen.
(Eric Foner, Freedom’s Lawmakers: A Directory of Black Officeholders during Reconstruction, 1993)

Weekly Flag of the Union, Dec 23, 1857
Vicksburg Journal, September 10, 1865
Vicksburg Herald, November 2, 1865
Clarion-Ledger, May 8, 1867
Clarion-Ledger, May 9, 1867
Vicksburg Daily Times, February 5, 1868
Tri-Weekly Clarion, April 27, 1869
Vicksburg Herald, June 5, 1869
Tri-Weekly Clarion, June 5, 1869
Tri-Weekly Clarion, June 12, 1869
Tri-Weekly Clarion, July 10, 1869
Tri-Weekly Clarion, July 29, 1869
Tri-Weekly Clarion, November 6, 1869
Weekly Mississippi Pilot, January 1, 1870
Clarion-Ledger, October 22, 1870
Hinds County Gazette, August 23, 1871
Weekly Mississippi Pilot, August 7, 1875
Daily Mississippi Pilot, October 26, 1875
Clarion-Ledger, August 29, 1877
Vicksburg Herald, September 11, 1877
Vicksburg Evening Post, August 16, 1883
Vicksburg Evening Post, March 3, 1887