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was born in Virginia in 1725. He was a member of the Virginia and wrote the Virginia Declaration of which greatly influenced [Thomas Jefferson] when he wrote the of Independence and James Madison when he wrote the U.S. of Rights. He was a delegate to the Convention in 1787 but did not sign the Constitution. He became an and worked ratification of the U.S. Constitution. He believed in American liberties such as freedom of the , religious and the right to a trial by . Mason also saw as an evil that could eventually “poison” the country, even though he slaves himself. He favored abolition of the slave , but not complete of slavery at this time.