Caitlin Dye

George Mason

Born on June 5, 1725 George Mason was a huge man in the history of the United States, and specifically Virginia. In between 1774 and 1779, he served as a Justice of the Fairfax County Court, and served on the Virginia Convention in 1776. Through out these times, he was continually writing drafts for the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Finally, on June 12, 1776, at the Fifth Revolutionary Convention, they adopted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was a document explaining the peoples rights and rules of the law, all written by the man himself, George Mason.

How did he affect our world/government today?

George Mason

Through the writing on the Virginia Declaration of Rights, historians and political officers have used this document throughout history as a baseline to create other declarations and state constitutions, and even use it as the building blocks of the Bill of Rights, also known as the first 10 amendments for the United States Constitution. Those first 10 amendments, create our everyday lives as free, equal people living in the United States.

  1. Freedom of religion, press, and assembly
  2. Freedom to bear arms
  3. Protection from quartering our troops
  4. Protection from unreasonable searches and seizures
  5. Protects from due process, double jeopardy, self-incrimination, and private property
  6. You have the right to have a trial by jury
  7. You have the right to have a civil trial by jury
  8. Prohibition of excess bail
  9. Protection of the rights not specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights
  10. Power of the states and the people

To sum all of that up, George Mason has put a huge influence onto things that are still present in our society today. The first 10 amendments are used everyday by the local and national law enforcement, and everyday by politicians. If we did not have these laws/freedoms that were set in place by Mason, who knows when all of this would have come into action/if it even would be in action in America today.

Works Cited

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"George Mason." Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. Biography in Context. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

"George Mason." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. World History in Context. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

"The United States Bill of Rights: First 10 Amendments to the Constitution." American Civil Liberties Union. Web. 25 Sept. 2015.