Constitutional Convention & George Mason

A constitutional convention is now a gathering for the purpose of writing a new constitution or revising an existing constitution. George Mason IV (December 11, 1725 – October 7, 1792) was an American Patriot, statesman and a delegate from Virginia to the U.S. 5.0/5

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Hm.anyone notice any abuse of the Constitution or the Amendments in over the last, say 50 years? 6 years? "The National Government was itself the creature of the States... Yet today it is often made to appear that the creature, Frankenstein-like, is determined to destroy the creators." -President Dwight Eisenhower, Governors' Conference, June 24, 1957 The original thirteen States were afraid that the new Federal Government they just created might become too powerful, as King George's government had been. Mercy Otis Warren wrote in Observations on the new Constitution, and on the Federal and State Conventions, 1788: "The origin of all power is in the people, and they have an incontestable right to check the creatures of their own creation." George Mason, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention from Virginia, refused to sign the U.S. Constitution because it did not put enough limits on the Federal Government. George Mason's strong insistence that restrictive clauses be added to the Constitution to prev ...
Mason County was first formed as a Virginia County in 1789. It was carved out of what was, then, a very large Bourbon County, and is named after George Mason, whose biography can be found here. A Biography of George Mason 1725-1792 picture 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 an interest in the Ohio Company, an organization that speculated in western lands. When the crown revoked the company's rights in 1773, Mason, the company's treasurer, wrote his first major ...
Some states want to go back to count African American as 3/5 man. The Thirteenth Amendment: The Abolition of Slavery The Issue: What is the history behind the 13th Amendment? Is it "self-enacting"? What sorts of private activities might Congress regulate under its enforcement provision? Introduction Delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 hotly debated the issue of slavery. George Mason of Virginia argued eloquently against slavery, warning his fellow delegates: "Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of heaven on a country. As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, providence punishes national sins by national calamities." Southern delegates, on the other hand, argued strenuously that the new government should not be allowed to interfere with the institution of slavery. Delegate John Rutledge of South Carolina, for example, told delegates that "religion and humanity ha ...
Within the National Mall Historic District, this memorial to the nation’s “Forgotten Founder” commemorates the contributions of George Mason, who served as a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and authored the Virginia Declaration of Rights. The memorial’s gardened ground...
George Mason, American Patriot, statesman and delegate from Virginia to the U.S. Constitutional Convention: ”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.”
On September 17, 1787 the Constitutional Convention came to a close in the Assembly Room of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There were seventy individuals chosen to attend the meetings with the initial purpose of amending the Articles of Confederation. Rhode Island opted to not send any delegates. Fifty-five men attended most of the meetings, there were never more than 46 present at any one time, and ultimately only [thirty-nine ]actually signed the Constitution. While offering incredible contributions [George Mason of Virginia, Edmund Randolph of Virginia, and Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts] refused to sign the final document because of basic philosophical differences. Mainly, they were fearful of an all-powerful government and wanted a bill of rights added to protect the rights of the people. 39 signers and 3 refusals = 42
Patrick Henry refused to attend the Constitutional Convention, and genuinely democratic patriots such as George Mason, Luther Martin, John Francis Mercer, and Elbridge Gerry participated in the convention but refused to sign the new constitution because it lacked a Bill of Rights, provided ina...
OUR “FRAMERS” AND “Founding Fathers”: Of the 55 original delegates to the last Constitutional Convention leading up to the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America on September 17, 1787, only 38 delegates and one secretary (William Jackson) were present for the signing. Three of the delegates who were present refused to sign but eventually came back in the fold (George Mason, Edmund Randolph, and Elbridge Gerry). That would be 100% of the delegates present if they had it to do over again. John Dickinson of Delaware wasn’t able to attend but had George Read sign his name in absentia, for a total of 39 delegate signatures plus one signature by Secretary William Jackson. The 40 signatures on the final Constitution are: George Washington, President & Deputy from VA: Benjamin Franklin, PA: James Madison, VA: Alexander Hamilton, NY: Gouverneur Morris, PA: Robert Morris, PA: James Wilson, PA: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, SC: Charles Pinckney, SC: John Rutledge, SC: Pierce Butler, ...
"To disarm the people is the best & most effectual way to enslave them" -George Mason. Patriot, Statesman, US Constitutional Convention 1776
I was just imagining, seeing guys like Franklin, Washington, Governeur Morris, George Mason... all standing in lines at their DMV offices so they could get licensed (given leave and permission by the government) to travel from their respective States to Philly for the Constitutional Convention. Ironic Anachronism.
George Mason's Declaration of Rights were written in 1776 at the Virginia Constitutional Convention. They influenced Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence, five states adopted them that same year, other states created their versions, and eventually it contributed in large part to the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution. They truly are the foundations of liberty and liberal republican government. Happy Fourth of July, 2012 A DECLARATION OF RIGHTS made by the representatives of the good people of Virginia, assembled in full and free convention which rights do pertain to them and their posterity, as the basis and foundation of government . Section 1. That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. Sec ...
The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom in the National Archives houses Barry Faulkner’s 1936 rendition of the Constitutional Convention. In his depiction, Philadelphia is replaced with an ancient Roman setting. In the mural, Madison presents Washington with the final draft of the Constitution.
When I was a kid, beginning to learn what it is to be an American, I found a hero in George Mason, a leading Virginia delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Mason refused to sign on to the Constitution that was passed by the convention. Why? “There is no Declaration of Rights,”...
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