[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.
Henry Pelham (1748/49—1806)
Engraving by Henry Pelham (1748/49—1806)
surveyed and drawn by Henry Pelham (1748/49—1806)
Print. Engraved by Henry Jukes and published in London. Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA.
George Mason: Forgotten Founder (2006)