“All men are created equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; among which are the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing the obtaining of happiness and safety.” – George Mason
The pages of history are filled with great men. Some are noted for their strength or heroism, some for their inventions and others for their thoughts and ideas. George Mason can certainly be found in this final group.
Masson, who was no stranger to public service, was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. He is remembered as one of only three delegates who refused to sign the Constitution.
Mason’s primary objection to the Constitution was the absence of a bill of rights. But, he was also concerned by the amount of power being given to the executive branch.
On a recent trip to Williamsburgh, VA, we had the pleasure of meeting George Mason in the historic home of George Wythe.
In a conversation that began as a search for Thomas Jefferson, Mr. Mason, portrayed by a wonderful reenactor, patiently shared his experiences with our little historian. At the conclusion of their conversation, Mr. Mason gave our little man a copy of his Virginia Declaration of Rights.