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.

Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: 1849, 3 pages.
A letter from Mason Cook Darling to Lucius Barber written on January 21, 1849. In the letter, Mason Darling writes that he fears that California fever will mar Wisconsin's prosperity and not only turn the tide of migration against them but draw off many of their young men. Mason Cook also mentions the old hero of Buena Vista.


Milwaukee Public Library
Milwaukee, WI
Papers: In the Charles Lanman Papers, 1858-1865, 1 folder.
Includes biographical statements concerning Mason C. Darling.


Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Microfilm: 1838-1845, 1 reel.
Includes correspondence between Mason Cook Darling and Dennis Cooley of Washington, Michigan. The subjects covered in the correspondence include opportunities in the Lake Winnebago area for physicians, agriculture, and mining. There is also references to relations with the Indians in the region.

  • Gambill, Edward L. "Mason C. Darling and the Growth of Fond du Lac." Wisconsin Magazine of History 45 (Winter 1961-1962): 84-94.