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George Mason: Reluctant Statesman
George Mason was the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was adopted three weeks before the national Declaration of Independence. Other states used Mason's document as an example when they began drawing up similar documents and creating similar safeguards of individual liberties in their own state constitutions. Mason's declaration directly affected the French Declaration of the Rights of Man, and the Citizen of 1789. George Mason ev...