The Resource 1771-1785.
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- Mason, George, 1725-1792
- Harrison, Benjamin, 1726-1791
- Personal papers
- Virginia -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- United States. -- History, -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- Prince William County (Va.) -- History -- 18th century
- Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
- Emigration and immigration
- Fairfax County (Va.) -- History -- 18th century
- Letters (correspondence)
- Land settlement. -- Virginia -- 18th century
- Papers, 1771-1785, of George Mason of Fairfax County, Virginia, containing correspondence, importation certificates, and petitions. Included are importation certificates assigned to George Mason, 1773-1779, providing proof to the Fairfax and Prince William County Courts that a certain number of persons had been imported to Virginia from Great Britain and Ireland. These petitions list the names of individuals. Also included are lists of land warrants in Fairfax and Prince William Counties issued to George Mason for settling the areas. Of note is a letter, 1778, written by Mason to George Mercer, describing his experience during the Revolutionary War and the Virginia Conventions. Other correspondents include Benjamin Harrison and Thomas Jefferson
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- George Mason of "Gunston Hall" in Fairfax County, Virginia, was born 11 December 1725. He married first Ann Eilback (1734-1773) 4 April 1750, and second Sarah Brent (1728-1794) 11 April 1780. Mason represented Fairfax County in the House of Burgesses from 1758 to 1761; in the 3rd, 4th and 5th Virginia Conventions from 1775-1776; and in the House of Delegates from 1776 to 1781 and 1786 to 1788. In the 5th Virginia Convention, Mason was appointed to the committee which wrote Virginia’s first state constitution. Mason authored the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which has appeared in every subsequent state constitution. Mason attended the federal Constitutional Convention in 1787, but did not sign the document because it did not have a bill of rights at the time. This lack of a bill of rights also led to his opposition to the Constitution during the Virginia ratification convention in 1788. When the Bill of Rights was finally added to the federal Consitution, it was based on his Declaration of Rights. George Mason died at Gunston Hall, in Fairfax County, 7 October 1792.
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- Filming funded by The Library of Virginia Foundation with the support of The Roller-Bottimore Foundation and The Robins Foundation.
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