Section II - Benjamin Franklin Massey, 1811-1879:
Missouri Career as Merchant-Trader; Politics; 1856-1864 Secretary of State of Secessionist Missouri Administration.
One Maryland Massey Family by George Langford, Jr. 1901-1996
©Cullen G. Langford and George Langford, III, 2010

A Biographical Narrative of his Life and Career
B.F. Massey Revives His Political Career but Grows Ill and Dies
His interest in politics again revived; In 1875 he writes to Dr. Snyder:
"Owing to the partiality of friends I was induced in November last [1874] to run for the office of Circuit Court clerk. ... I was beaten by a no-party man.  I did not care for this place, for any congeniality with my feelings there was in its duties; but I could have discharged the duties, and as the tenure was four years it would most probably [have] lasted me all my life."
After this set-back, which he described so objectively, he made another political try, this time a successful one.  He writes:
"the partiality of friends induced me again to run for the [Missouri] Constitutional Convention last Jany.[1875].  I was again a Nominee, and this time elected."
His morale was again in pretty good shape.  He resumed his political correspondence with Dr. Snyder; the new Illinois Constitution, the coming Missouri Constitutional Convention, and their jointly held interest in the "Old Democrats."  He even twits Dr. Snyder about his geological interests.  And he recounts very clearly and in considerable detail the whereabouts and activities of each of his ten children.
He participated in the Missouri Constitutional Convention, which took place in 1875, and this was B.F. Massey's last political act.  He also disclaimed any further interest in politics.
For a short time, in 1876-1877, he again edited a weekly newspaper in Pierce City, Missouri.  In 1878 ill health required him to stop, and he moved to the home of his son, 42.Frank R. Massey, in Neosho.
He then moved to the home of his son, 44.Benjamin U. Massey, in Springfield, Mo., who in January 1879 answered a query from Dr. Snyder:
"My father ... is living at my home in Springfield, Mo.  Is in bad health - had last spring a paralytic stroke - one side of his entire body being affected.  His articulation is so impaired that he can hardly speak intelligently.  His mind of course is somewhat impaired."
His health grew steadily worse, and he required the round-the-clock nursing care that was not available in Springfield.  So he was removed to Sisters Hospital, in St. Louis, where on 17 Dec.1879, he died.  He is buried in the Massey family lot, Maple Park Cemetery, Jefferson City, Missouri.
There is a note in the J.F. Snyder Collection (Massey Appendix XLVII and Massey Appendix LVIII) in Dr. Snyder's handwriting:
"His death was indeed a merciful relief.  What a sad ending for so noble a man."