Wednesday, 29 August 2007
James Wilson born in Fife Scotland
James Wilson, one of seven children, was born to a Presbyterian farming family at Carskerdo, in the Parish of Ceres, Fife, Scotland, and educated at the University of St. Andrews, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Glasgow. He 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 United States Supreme Court in 1789.
James Wilson, one of only six men to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, was a central figure in early American politics. This text provides a comprehensive analysis of his political and legal philosophy. The Political and Legal Philosophy of James Wilson, 1742-98.