George Mason

 
 

FOOTNOTES FROM THE STANDARDS OF LEARNING (SOLS) & ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE

1 The Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason, states that all Virginians should have certain rights, including the freedom of religion and freedom of the press.  The document became the basis for the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States of America (VS.6b)

 

Writer of the Virginia Declaration of rights

George Mason was one of our Founding Fathers.  He wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights which stated that all people have rights (such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) and freedoms (such as the freedom of religion and the freedom of the press).  Thomas Jefferson used some of these ideas in the Declaration of Independence and later these ideas formed the basis for the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution.1