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Meet a few of the great men in Williamsburg--George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison—and learn how they were all shaped by their experiences here. General Washington, in 1775, talks about his tenure as a Burgess from 1759 to 1774. Governor Jefferson, in 1780, speaks about his early experiences as a lawyer in the General Court and about his efforts as governor to rewrite the laws of Virginia. James Madison, in 1790, talks about his role in drafting the Virginia Declaration of Rights and successfully promoting the adoption of Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom.