James Wilson was born in Millerstown, Pennsylvania (now Fairfield). He attended the common schools and learned the trade of cabinetmaker. He engaged in mercantile pursuits and also interested in the real estate business. He was a justice of the peace from 1811 to 1822.
Wilson was elected to the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Congresses. He was again a justice of the peace from 1830 to 1859. He died in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "James Wilson (id: W000588)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- The Political Graveyard
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