[George] Mason’s obvious legacy is in his contribution to America’s founding documents: the Declaration of Independence through the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Constitution through his role at the Philadelphia Convention, and the Bill of Rights through his dogged opposition to a Constitution without one. Mason may have taken a circumscribed view of the rights he advocated — limiting the right of representation to white men or restricting freedom of the press to a ban on prior restraint — but he put words on paper that could be given more expansive meanings by later generations.
Royal Governor of New Jersey, Loyalist, son of Benjamin Franklin; 1731—1813.
Lawyer, Continental Congressman, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1730—81.
Scots Presbyterian minister, president of the College of New Jersey, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 1723—94.
George Mason: Forgotten Founder (2006)