George Mason, Virginia Declaration of Rights

1776 – George Mason IV Writes “The Virginia Declaration Of Rights”

In 1776, George Mason IV wrote the “Virginia Declaration of Rights”, a document that Thomas Jefferson relied heavily upon when drafting the Declaration of Independence.

Section 1 of the Declaration States:

That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

On June 12, 1776, the Virginia Declaration of Rights was adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia.