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James Wilson biographical sketch, 1824, 1949

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI S1850 (Text) 00000106179344 Manuscripts Collection Available -

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  • Physical Description: 0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2021/04/14 by Laura Eliason.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
This collection includes a one-page typewritten transcription made from page 174 of the book, Biography of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence , Vol 6 that was published in 1824. Transcribed on November 5, 1949 by H.P. (Homer Philip) Rogers of Pendleton, Oregon, the biographical sketch provides information about James Wilson's first wife, Rachel Bird, his second wife, Hannah Gray, and his seven children.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
James Wilson biographical sketch, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
James Wilson (1742-1798) was born in Scotland and immigrated to America in 1765. He became a lawyer and political theorist and was one of 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. He also took part in the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and helped draft the U.S. Constitution. In 1789, he was appointed an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Unwise land speculation in the winter of 1796-1797 brought him financial ruin before he died at the age of 55 in 1798. Source: The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. "James Wilson." Encyclopedia Britannica . Accessed April 14, 2021.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: United States > History > Revolution, 1775-1783.
Judges > United States.
United States > Politics and government.
Genre: Biographies.

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