James Wilson

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James Wilson
Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Seat #4
Appointed by:   George Washington
Active:   9/29/1789-8/21/1798
Preceded by:   New Seat
Succeeded by:   Bushrod Washington
Personal History
Born:   September 14, 1742
Hometown:   Carskerdo, Scotland
Deceased:   August 21, 1798
Law School:   Read law, 1767

James Wilson was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1789 after a nomination from President George Washington.He served until his death on August 21, 1798. Prior to joining the court, Wilson was a professor of law at the College of Philadelphia.[1]

Wilson was one of ten justices nominated to the Supreme Court by President Washington. He served during The Jay Court, The Rutledge Court and The Ellsworth Court.[2]


Wilson attended the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh and the University of St. Andrews. he received his legal education by reading law.[1]

Professional career

  • 1790: Drafter of the Pennsylvania Constitution
  • 1789: Professor of Law, College of Philadelphia
  • 1787: Delegate, Federal Constitutional Convention
  • 1785-1787: Member of the Continental Congress
  • 1783: Member of the Continental Congress
  • 1779-1783: Avocat général for maritime and commercial causes, appointed by French government
  • 1777-1787: Businessman, Land Speculator and Legal Advisor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1774-1777: Member, Continental Congress
  • 1770-1774: Attorney to private practice, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • 1768-1770: Attorney to private practice, Reading, Pennsylvania[1]

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Wilson was nominated by President George Washington on September 24, 1789. He was confirmed by the Senate on September 26, 1789, and received commission on September 29, 1789. He served until his death on August 21, 1798.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Bushrod Washington.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
Supreme Court
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
Bushrod Washington