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Mason, George (1725-1792)

by Robert M. S. McDonald on Aug 15, 2008

Mason was a Virginian statesman who decried the centralization of government authority and was one of the major supporters of a written Bill of Rights.

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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)

by Daniel J. Mahoney on Aug 15, 2008

Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, contributed some of the most important ideas to early US political theory.

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Washington, George (1732-1799)

by Jonathan Rowe on Aug 15, 2008

As the first president of the United States, George Washington set the standard for peaceful republicanism and responsible divided leadership.