December 11 in freethought history…

georgemasonDecember 11, 1725 – American revolutionary and politician George Mason is born in the Colony of Virginia. He is best known as the primary author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776, which declared “That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights.” This document influenced several later famous documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Mason attended the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and was famously only one of three delegates who refused to sign the final product (the United States Constitution). He died little noticed in 1792, aged 66.

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