George Mason

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  • George Mason Virginia Representative at the Constitutional Convention
  • Background Information
  • 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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