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On June 26, 1889, Major John Mason returned to Connecticut. Dead for over two
centuries, the English military leader and colonial politician received immortality on this
day in a twenty-three ton, granite memorial statue, commissioned and dedicated by the
town of Groton, Connecticut. The people of Groton wished to honor Mason for his
leadership in the Pequot War of 1634-1638, during which, the plaque clarified, Mason
“overthrew the Pequot Indians and preserved the settlements from destruction.”