Colonel Mason owned estates on both the Maryland and the Virginia side of the Potomac, and he was living on one of his plantations in Charles county, Maryland, when he was drowned while crossing that river.
Mason was defeated in the convention, and when the instrument was completed he declined to sign it.
Mason is referred to by Thomas Jefferson as "a man of the first order of wisdom, of expansive mind, profound judgment, cogent in argument, learned in the lore of our former constitution, and earnest for the republican change on democratic principles."
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