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George Mason Biography

Revolutionary Leader and Founding Father of the United States
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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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  • Born: 1725
  • Deceased: 1792
  • 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.