Tag: Commonwealth of Virginia

George Wythe, “Teacher of Liberty” (1726-1806)

George Wythe, “Teacher of Liberty” (1726-1806)

George Wythe (pronounced “with”) was the personal mentor to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison (1749-1812) [a cousin to the more famous James Madison], John Marshall, and many other notable founders of the United States. Consequently, he was known as America’s “Teacher of Liberty.” A statesman in his own right, Wythe signed the Declaration of Independence, served […]

George Mason, “Grandfather of the Bill of Rights” (1725-1792)

George Mason, “Grandfather of the Bill of Rights” (1725-1792)

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. That all men are born equally free […]