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.
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT
AT ITS CREATION
BORN SEPTEMBER 14, 1742
DIED AUGUST 28, 1798
NOVEMBER 22, 1906
THE GOVERNOR AND PEOPLE OF PENNSYLVANIA
REMOVED HIS REMAINS
CHRIST CHURCH, PHILADELPHIA
AND DEDICATED THIS TABLET
“That the Supreme Power, therefore,
should be rested in the People is, in
my judgment, the great panacea of human politics.”