James Wilson

Scotland born and educated, the highly respected and intellectual Wilson was one of six signers of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The firmest believer that political power is derived from the people and that government should serve them, his pamphlets and speeches won over many in the debates of the day. He earned the respect of all of his colleagues and was considered by some in the Constitutional Convention second only to James Madison as “most able and useful.” He read the aged Benjamin Franklin’s speeches for him to the Convention and was considered his spokesman.