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- Committee draft, dated 1776, of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, including notes and signed by Thomas Ludwell Lee of Stafford County, Virginia, a member of a drafting committee appointed by the 5th Virginia Convention. George Mason of Fairfax County, Virginia, wrote the first draft of the declaration, which was then passed along to this drafting committee. A final draft of the declaration was incorporated into the state constitution of 1776 and retained in all subsequent state constitutions. It is the model for the first ten amendments to the federal Constitution and for other state constitutions. The identity of the transcriber of this copy is unknown
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- Thomas Ludwell Lee was born 13 December 1730 at "Stratford Hall" in Westmoreland County, Virginia to Thomas Lee (1690-1750) and Hannah Harrison Ludwell Lee (1701-1750). He studied law at the Inner Temple in London, England. Lee returned to Virginia upon his parents' deaths in 1750, and represented Stafford County in the House of Burgesses from 1758 to 1765 and from 1775 to 1776. Active in revolutionary politics, Lee again represented Stafford County in the 3rd Virginia Convention (1775) and the 5th Virginia Convention (1776), where he was a member of the committee created to draft a bill of rights for Virginia's constitution. Lee sat for Stafford County in the first session of the House of Delegates in 1776, and in the Virginia Senate from 1777 until his death 13 April 1778.
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