“Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state.” — George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
George Mason more than any other single individual is responsible for the wording and adherence to the Bill of Rights added to the Constitution of the United States. Oddly, having drafted much of the Constitution, he refused to sign it. The reasons cited include the failure of the Constitution to immediately ban the slave trade and for its lack of an initial Bill of Rights. This refusal to ratify the Constitution was the proximate cause of Madison forcing forward the first ten amendments aka the Bill of Rights.