Provocateur of the Right: Inspiring the Declaration of Independence
November 27, 2013
George Mason IV was a community leader in the Colony of Virginia in the 1770s, a delegate to the Virginia Convention and a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. He also authored the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which directly influenced the writer(s) of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.
The first right in the Virginia Declaration of Rights states:
1.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.