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18-cent Mason

The 18-cent George Mason postage stamp was issued on May 7, 1981, at Gunston Hall, George Mason's home in Mason Neck, Virginia.

George Mason (1725-1792), American patriot and statesman, is considered one of the nation's "Founding Fathers." He was ahead of his time in insisting on the protection of individual liberties and criticizing the constitutional compromise that perpetuated the slave trade. He held a firm belief in strong local government and objected to the indefinite powers vested in the new government. Mason drafted the Virginia Constitution of 1776 and served as a delegate to the Federal Constitutional Convention of 1787. His criticism helped bring about the adoption of the Bill of Rights.

Designed by Richard Sparks, the stamp was issued in a pane of fifty. The stamp was engraved through the intaglio process.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (March 26, 1981).

Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th ed., s.v. "George Mason."

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