Antoine-François Callet (1741—1823)

by Antoine-François Callet (1741—1823)

Oil on canvas; Height: 278 cm (109.4 in). Width: 196 cm (77.2 in). Chateaux de Versailles et de Trianon, Versailles, France.

by Antoine-François Callet (1741—1823)

Oil on canvas; 81.1 x 66 cm. Chateaux de Versailles et de Trianon, Versailles, France.

[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.

Jeff Broadwater
George Mason: Forgotten Founder (2006)