FC: History of George Mason | Michael Riccio
1: History Of George Mason | by Michael Riccio | October 2, 2012
2: We came EQUALS into this world, and EQUALS we shall we go out of it. | -George Mason | George Mason was an anti-federalist. He saw flaws in the balance of power between the state and the individual and sought to fix them. Many of his later ideas would be incorporated in the Constitution under the Bill of Rights. | George Mason had 12 children with his wife Ann Eilbeck. 9 of them lived to adulthood.
3: George Mason's father drowned when he was young in a boating accident on the Potomac. After that incident George lived with his uncle John Mercer. George Mason never received any formal education. Though throughout his youth he still was able to see the value of education and actually educated himself for the first sixteen years of his life with the books in his uncle's extensive library. Over time George grew to be a well educated young man, and at the age of 24 he married the 16 year old Ann Elibeck. After completing Guston Hall, Mason's plantation house on the Potomac, he and his wife lived there and had 12 children, before Ann died on March 9th, 1773,
4: President George Mason | 1809 - 1817 | George Mason had a vigorous political life. Though 1754 to 1779 he was a acting justice of Fairfax county, and in the year 1759 he was elected into the Virginia House of Burgesses. In 1786 he would be the man to represent Virginia as a delegate to a Federal Convention that met in Philadelphia for the purpose of revising th Articles of Confederation. He would go on to be one of the few politicians to stand against slavery (even though he owned some himself.) He believed the practice was immoral and should be outlawed along with the power that the church held over politics. He and other founding fathers ended up disagreeing on many topics which is the main reason why he is not a well known founding father.
5: He was a major contributor to the United States Constitution. Along with many other documents that influenced the development of the country. | George Mason is considered the father of the constitution along with his friend James Madison. After the constitution was drafted and most delegates were signing for ratification, George refused to sign it for he saw ways in which the government could exploit the people and said that he wouldn't give his consent until a bill of rights was added to defend the people.
6: Bill of Rights The bill of right contains the first ten amendments of the constitution. They were essential for setting up the idea of inalienable rights of the public, and securing state rights above federal laws. The Bill of Rights contains such right such as free speech, freedom of religion, right to bear arms, right to a fair trial, and state rights. If these rights weren't created then the federal government would have the right to arrest you for saying "offending" comments by the government's standards. They would also have the ability to force you to let soldiers to sleep in you house. Also they wouldn't be able to stop a jury that condemns you because of your race, or religious affiliation. And they could arrest you for having a different religion, not that the government would but they would have the power to, and there is no space for that in a democracy.
7: George Mason was against the practice of slavery. He did own slaves himself though he thought the practice was immoral and that is _ should be outlawed in the U constitution. He did not _ necessarily want to ban slavery _ where it was already