A Scottish Immigrant and the Declaration of Independence

Today it is right and proper to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the day Americans toast as our country’s birthday.

James Wilson was one of the Pennsylvania delegation members and was a signer, though, he did not sign the great document until August 2.  His greatest influence, however, was during the Constitutional Convention which wrote our founding document that formed our Republic.

Wilson was a Scottish immigrant who came to the colonies to find his destiny—which is now intertwined with his adopted country.  Wilson died in 1798 and was first buried in North Carolina.  His remains were removed to his beloved state of Pennsylvania in 1906 and reburied in the Christ Church Churchyard where six other signers of the Declaration are buried including Benjamin Franklin.

JAMES WILSON

A SIGNER

OF

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

A MAKER

OF

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

AND

A JUSTICE

OF

THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT

AT ITS CREATION

BORN SEPTEMBER 14, 1742

DIED AUGUST 28, 1798

—–

ON

NOVEMBER 22, 1906

THE GOVERNOR AND PEOPLE OF PENNSYLVANIA

REMOVED HIS REMAINS

TO

CHRIST CHURCH, PHILADELPHIA

AND DEDICATED THIS TABLET

TO

HIS MEMORY

—-

“That the Supreme Power, therefore,

should be rested in the People is, in

my judgment, the great panacea of human politics.”

                                                                                                          — WILSON

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