Monday, November 8, 2010

James Wilson

"The best form of government which has ever been offered to the world," James Wilson called the U.S. Constitution, which he helped draft and later signed.  He also signed the Declaration of Independence and served as Associate Justice of the first U.S. Supreme Court.

Although born and educated in Scotland, Wilson became a leader of the patriots as a young Pennsylvania lawyer.  He studied law under John Dickinson in Philadelphia - and the two served in the Continental Congress together.  In 1774, before he was elected to Congress, Wilson wrote a carefully reasoned pamphlet, Considerations on ...the Legislative Authority of the British Parliament, which boldly concluded that Parliament had no authority over the Colonies.  In Congress he was one of three Pennsylvania members to vote for independence. -The Book of The Founding Fathers, Pg. 76,  By Vincent Wilson, Jr.

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