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James Wilson
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Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
In office
September 26, 1789 – August 21, 1798
Nominated byGeorge Washington
Preceded bySeat established
Succeeded byBushrod Washington
Personal details
BornSeptember 14, 1742(1742-09-14)
Carskerdo Farm, Fife, Scotland, Great Britain
DiedAugust 21, 1798(1798-08-21) (aged 55)
Edenton, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyFederalist
Spouse(s)Rachel Bird (1771–1786)
Hannah Gray (1793–1798)
EducationUniversity of St Andrews
University of Glasgow
University of Edinburgh
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James Wilson (September 14, 1742 – August 21, 1798) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. Wilson was elected two times to the Continental Congress, and was a major force in drafting the United States Constitution. He was a leading legal thinker, and he was one of the first six justices appointed by George Washington to the Supreme Court of the United States. Wilson was born in Scotland, but lived most of his life in Pennsylvaniaview more...