Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


David Clark


George Mason, Bill of Rights, the Constitution, colonial politics


Born the son of wealthy landowners in Fairfax County, Virginia, George Mason was molded to take an engaging and active role in colonial politics. A close advisor to George Washington, an ardent spokesman for American independence and human rights, and brilliant political author, Mason was one of the foremost political thinkers of his time. His role in the framing of the Constitution cannot be underemphasized, nor can his pivotal role in the adoption of the first ten amendments to that constitution go unrecognized. Mason was the brains, as well as the heart and soul behind the greatest democratic political document ever written: The Bill of Rights.

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