Experts JD's (lawyers), US Presidents, federal appellate opinions, US Founding Fathers, Members of Congress, members of state legislative bodies with significant involvement in, or related to, the "under God" conflict and/or government and constitutional law, and those with PhD's in government, constitutional law or other relevant fields. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Helped in drafting the Constitution and Bill of Rights, 1787-1789
Member, Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia, 1787
Member, Virginia Constitutional Convention.
Drafter, declaration of rights, 1776
Wrote the Fairfax Resolves (restated the constitutional position of the colonies in relation to the crown), 1774
Drafted the non importation resolutions adopted by the Burgesses against the British, 1769
Elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses, 1759
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He criticized the House of Representatives as not truly representative of the nation, the Senate as too powerful. He also claimed that the power of the federal judiciary would destroy the state judiciaries, render justice unattainable, and enable the rich to oppress and ruin the poor. These fears led Mason to conclude that the new government was destined to either become a monarchy or fall into the hands of a corrupt, oppressive aristocracy.
Two of Mason's greatest concerns were incorporated into the Constitution. The Bill of Rights answered his primary objection, and the 11th amendment addressed his call for strictures on the judiciary.
In 1750 he married Anne Eilbeck, and in 23 years of marriage they had five sons and four daughters. He married his second wife, Sarah Brent, in 1780.