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JAMES WILSON 1742-1798 James Wilson although he was not famous was a very important member of society He was the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court a member of the Continental Congress a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the first professor of law at Philadelphia College He Was born in Scotland and came to New York during the time of the Stamp Act Highest Political Office Associate Justice United States Supreme Court Other Accomplishments Member Continental Congress 1775-1777 1782 1783 1785-1787 Signer of the Declaration of Independence First Professor of Law at Philadelphia College 1790 James Wilson was an early supporter of the American Revolution and gained much notoriety with the publication of his Considerations on the Nature and Extent of the Legislative Authority of the British Parliament He became very conservative in his later years and was the target of public indignation He was born in Scotland came to New York during the time of the Stamp Act 1765 and eventually studied law under John Dickinson in Pennsylvania He eventually became the first professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania in 1791 It was said of James Wilson that when Wilson speaks he wastes no time and considers no mans feelings His Politics He emerged as a political leader after the American Revolutionary War and as a member of the Congress of the Confederation 1783 1785-1786 under the Articles of Confederation was strongly in favor of an amendment to give the government the power to tax He was a strong supporter of a republican form of government in which the people choose the representatives in government and was in favor of the power of the people during a time period when many of the political visionaries did not believe in democracy The democracy that we know today did not really take shape until the 1820s with the advent of Andrew Jackson Wilson felt that people
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