James Wilson


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James WilsonWilson, JAMES, signer of the Declaration of Independence; born near St. Andrew's, Scotland, September 14, 1742; educated in Scotland; came to America, and in 1766 was tutor in the higher seminaries of learning in Philadelphia, and studied law under John Dickinson. He was in the Provincial Convention of Pennsylvania in 1774, and was a delegate in Congress the next year, where he was an advocate for independence. From 1779 to 1783 he was advocate-general for France in the United States. Mr. Wilson was a member of the convention that framed the national Constitution, and of the Pennsylvania convention that adopted it; and was one of the first judges of the Supreme Court of the United States. He became the first Professor of Law in the University of Pennsylvania in 1790; and, with Thomas McKean, LL.D., published Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States. He died in Edenton, North Carolina, August 28, 1798.



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