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James Wilson
James Wilson
Birth: September 14, 1742
Death: August 21, 1798
Nationality: American
James Wilson
Nationality: American
Birth: September 14, 1742
Death: August 21, 1798

James Wilson , was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, twice elected to the Continental Congress, a major force in the drafting of the nation's Constitution, a leading legal theoretician and one of the six original justices appointed by George Washington to the Supreme Court of the United States.

One of seven children, Wilson was born to a Presbyterian farming family at Carskerdo, in the Parish of Ceres, Fife in the East of Scotland and educated at the University of St. Andrews, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Glasgow. Unable to graduate because of his father's death, he moved to America in 1765 and quickly became a tutor at the College of Philadelphia. After arriving in Philadelphia, with letters of introduction, Wilson took up the job as a legal assistant in the offices of Philadelphia lawyer John Dickinson. This is where he learned much of his trade. After several years as a legal assistant he passed the bar examination and was admitted to the bar in Philadelphia. He began his own practice in the town of Reading, Pennsylvania and then in the town of Carlisle, a small hamlet west of Harrisburg. He became one of the most prominent lawyers of his time and is credited for being the most learned of the Framers of the Constitution. A fellow delegate in the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia made the following assessment of James Wilson: "Government seems to have been his peculiar study, all the political institutions of the world he knows in detail, and can trace the causes and effects of every revolution from the earliest stages of the Grecian commonwealth down to the present time."

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