Bill of Rights Day – December 15

The Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15, 1791, 222 years ago today, coming into force on ratification by Virginia.

The Bill of Rights includes a Preamble and Amendments 1 – 10

George Mason is known, together with James Madison, as the “Father of the Bill of Rights.” However, George Mason would be better named the “Grandfather of the Bill of Rights” since the basis for the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution was the Virginia Declaration of Rights.

The Bill of Rights


1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression

2 – Right to Bear Arms

3 – Quartering of Soldiers

4 – Search and Seizure

5 – Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings

6 – Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses

7 – Trial by Jury in Civil Cases

8 – Cruel and Unusual Punishment

9 – Construction of Constitution

10 – Powers of the States and People

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