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George Mason Virginia Representative at the Constitutional Convention
Mason served as a justice of the peace before taking a seat in 1759 in the House of Burgesses
He defended the colonial position on the Stamp Act, and he emerged as a leader of the patriot movement in Virginia
As the owner of one of Virginia's largest plantations, Mason was a wealthy and socially influential man.
Mason played a leading role at the Philadelphia convention, speaking frequently and exerting considerable influence over the deliberations.
In the end, Mason refused to sign the Constitution. Among his primary objections was the absence of a bill of rights.
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