George Mason - (1725 - 1792)

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"George Mason (Virginia) is a Gentleman of remarkable strong powers, and possesses a clear and copious understanding. He is able and convincing in debate, steady and firm in his principles, and undoubtedly one of the best politicians in America. Mr. Mason is about 60 years old, with a fine strong constitution." -- Character Sketches of Delegates to the Federal Convention by William Pierce (1787)

In 1725 George Mason was born to George and Ann Thomson Mason. When the boy was 10 years old his father died, and young George's upbringing was left in the care of his uncle, John Mercer. The future jurist's education was profoundly shaped by the contents of his uncle's 1500-volume library, one-third of which concerned the law.

Mason established himself as an important figure in his community. As owner of Gunston Hall he was one of the richest planters in Virginia. In 1750 he married Anne Eilbeck, and in 23 years of marriage they had five sons and four daughters. In 1752 he acquired
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George Mason Genealogy

Parents:
George Mason (1690 - 1735)
Ann Thomson Mason (1699 - 1762)

Spouse:
Anna Eilbeck Mason (1734 - 1773)

Children:
George Mason (1753 - 1796)
Sarah Eilbeck Mason McCarty (1760 - 1823)
John Mason (1766 - 1849)

Sibling:
Thomson Mason (1733 - 1785)

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George Mason IV (December 11, 1725 -- October 7, 1792) was an American Patriot, statesman and a delegate from Virginia to the U.S. Constitutional Convention. Along with James Madison, he is called the


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Quote 1364 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1364 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1364 How easy it is to persuade men to sign anything by which they cant be affected!

Quote 1430 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1430 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1430 Forty years ago, when the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia.

George Mason: Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 14, 1788
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Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens.

George Mason: Speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 17, 1788
Web Source: http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/a2_1_1s16.html
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Quote 1368 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1368 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1368 That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people; that magistrates are their trustees and servants, and at all times amendable to them.


Quote 1366 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1366 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1366 Now all acts of legislature apparently contrary to natural right and justic, are, in our laws, and must be in the nature of things considered as void. The laws of nature are the laws of God; whose authority can be superseded by no power on earch. A legislature must not obstruct our obedience to him from whose punishments they cannot protect us.


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