Are you aware he wroye books,1 about the 42nd Ohio and a History of President Garfeild who was the 42nd 1st Colonel
The Forty-Second Ohio Infantry: a history of the organization
The life and public services of James A. Garfield,
a biography and family history of him can be found at
Frank Holcomb Mason, father of Francis Payne Mason, was born at Niles, Trumbull county, Ohio, 1839. He graduated from Hiram College, Ohio, 1860; served through the civil war, two years as private in the Forty-second Ohio Regiment; re-enlisted as captain of the Twelfth Ohio Cavalry "for the war" and served to the end. He was appointed in 1879 to the consulate at Basel by President Hayes: in 1884 transferred to Marseilles; in 1889 promoted to the consulate general at Frankfort-on-the-Main; in 1898 sent to Berlin as consul general; in 1905 to Paris, which position he still occupies. In 1866 he married Jennie Van Wyck, daughter of Judge Matthew and Jane Van Wyck (Weaver) Birchard.
a mention of his life in Paris is at
specifically at http://www.archive.org/stream/goldenroad00whit#page/196/mode/2up/search/mason
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