George Mason

Basic Info

Born: December 11, 1725

Died: October 7, 1792

Home State: Virginia

Political Party: Anti-Federalist

Brief Biography

George Mason is considered a "Father of the Bill of the Rights" for advocatingadvocate (verb) to speak in favor of a cause or belief for the addition of the first ten amendments to the Constitution following ratification. He was a fierce Anti-Federalist who feared a strong national government, worrying individual's and state's rights would be lost upon the passage of the new Constitution.

Mason never actually signed the Constitution, since he refused to sign without the Bill of Rights present (the Bill of Rights was added after ratification). However, when the Bill of Rights was added in 1791, it was based heavily on Mason's 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights. His refusal to sign the Constitution cost him his friendship with George Washington, which is why some historians speculate he is not as well-remembered as the other Founding Fathers.

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