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George Mason

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George Mason IV (December 11, 1725 [O.S. November 30, 1725] – October 7, 1792) was an American planter, politician and delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, one of three delegates who refused to sign the Constitution. His writings, including substantial portions of the Fairfax Resolves of 1774, the Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776, and his Objections to this Constitution of Government (1787) opposing ratification, have exercised a significant influence on American political thought and events. The Virginia Declaration of Rights, which Mason principally authored, served as a basis for the United States Bill of Rights, of which he has been deemed the father.
Mason was born in 1725, most likely in what is now Fairfax County, Virginia. His father died when he was young and his mother managed the family estates until he came of age. He married in 1750, built Gunston Hall and lived the life of a country squire, supervising his lands, family and slaves. He briefly served in the House of Burgesses and involved himself in community affairs, sometimes serving with his neighbor George Washington. As tensions grew between Britain and the American colonies, Mason came to support the colonial side, using his knowledge and experience to help the revolutionary cause, finding ways to work around the Stamp Act of 1765 and serving in the pro-independence Fourth Virginia Convention in 1775 and the Fifth Virginia Convention in 1776.
Mason prepared the first draft of the Virginia Declaration of Rights in 1776, and his words formed much of the text adopted by the final Revolutionary Virginia Convention. He also wrote a constitution for the state; Thomas Jefferson and others sought to have the convention adopt their ideas, but they found that Mason's version could not be stopped. During the American Revolutionary War, Mason was a member of the powerful House of Delegates of the Virginia General Assembly but, to the irritation of Washington and others, he refused to serve in the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, citing health and family commitments.
In 1787, Mason was named one of his state's delegates to the Constitutional Convention and traveled to Philadelphia, his only lengthy trip outside Virginia. Many clauses in the Constitution bear his stamp, as he was active in the convention for months before deciding that he could not sign same. He cited the lack of a bill of rights most prominently in his Objections, but also wanted an immediate end to the slave trade and a supermajority for navigation acts, which might force exporters of tobacco to use more expensive American ships. He failed to attain these objectives, and again at the Virginia Ratifying Convention of 1788, but his prominent fight for a bill of rights led fellow Virginian James Madison to introduce same during the First Congress in 1789; these amendments were ratified in 1791, a year before Mason died. Obscure after his death, Mason has come to be recognized, in the 20th and 21st centuries, for his contributions to the early United States and to Virginia.
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George Mason University

George Mason University

Public university in Fairfax, Virginia

  • Desc: George Mason University is a public research university in Fairfax, Virginia. It was officially established in 1956 as a Northern Virginia branch of the University of Virginia and later became an independent institution in 1972.
  • URL: http://www.gmu.edu/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Mason_University
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Antonin Scalia Law School

Antonin Scalia Law School

University in Arlington, Virginia

  • Desc: Antonin Scalia Law School is the law school of George Mason University, a state university in Virginia, United States. The law school is located in Arlington, roughly fifteen miles east-northeast of the university's main campus in Fairfax. U.S.
  • URL: http://law.gmu.edu/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonin_Scalia_Law_School
  • Type: Place, CollegeOrUniversity, Corporation, Organization, Thing, EducationalOrganization
  • Result Score: 930.02
George Mason Patriots men's basketball

George Mason Patriots men's basketball

Basketball team

George Mason Patriots men's soccer

George Mason Patriots men's soccer

Varsity team

Mercatus Center

Non-profit

George Mason

George Mason

Politician

  • Desc: George Mason IV was an American planter, politician and delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, one of three delegates who refused to sign the Constitution.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Mason
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 585.14

George Mason

Fictional character

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  • Result Score: 550.67
George Mason Patriots baseball team

George Mason Patriots baseball team

Baseball team

  • Desc: The George Mason Patriots baseball team is an intercollegiate baseball team representing George Mason University in NCAA Division I college baseball and has made six appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Mason_Patriots_baseball
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  • Result Score: 525.49
George Mason Patriots women's basketball

George Mason Patriots women's basketball

Basketball team

George Mason Elementary School

School in Richmond, Virginia

  • Type: Organization, Thing, EducationalOrganization, School
  • Result Score: 319.62
George Mason Memorial

George Mason Memorial

Memorial park in Washington, D.C., United States

  • Desc: The George Mason Memorial is a memorial to Founding Father George Mason, the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights that inspired the United States Bill of Rights.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Mason_Memorial
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  • Result Score: 288.35

Anthony Mason

American basketball player

  • Desc: Anthony George Douglas Mason was an American professional basketball player. In his 13-year career he played with the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Mason_(basketball)
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 238.53

George W. Mason

American industrialist

  • Desc: George Walter Mason was an American industrialist. During his career Mason served as the Chairman and CEO of the Kelvinator Corporation, Chairman and CEO of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation, and Chairman and CEO of American Motors Corporation.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Mason
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 173.40

George D. Mason

American architect

  • Desc: George DeWitt Mason was an American architect who practiced in Detroit, Michigan in the latter part of the 19th and early decades of the 20th centuries.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_D._Mason
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 156.70

George Mason Patriots football

School sports team

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  • Result Score: 137.65

George Mason III

Businessman

  • Desc: George Mason III was an early American planter, businessman, and statesman. Mason was the father of George Mason IV, a Founding Father of the United States.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Mason_III
  • Type: Thing, Person
  • Result Score: 74.64

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Song by Ingrid DuMosch

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  • Result Score: 63.98

George Mason

Fictional character

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  • Result Score: 24.00

George Mason

American racing driver

  • Desc: George Mason was an American racecar driver. A Red Cross ambulance driver in World War I, Mason was killed in action. Mason has the unique distinction of being the first and, until Greg Ray in the 2003 race, only driver to field a car in the Indy 500 carrying the number 13 over the first 86 years of the event.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Mason_(racing_driver)
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  • Result Score: 24.00

George Mason

Fictional character

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George Mason

Painter

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George Mason

British artist

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George Mason

Canon of Windsor

George Mason

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George Mason

British administrator

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George Mason

Song by Paul and Storm

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George Mason

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