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June 12, 2012

New Book Recalls a Forgotten Founder

A new book from Colonial Williamsburg introduces Scotsman James Wilson – a founding father as deserving of recognition as Madison or Jefferson – whose contributions to the new republic are largely forgotten.

Wilson was one of only six persons to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and his ideas shaped both documents. “James Wilson: An Introduction to His Life and Work” provides an introduction to the man, with excerpts from his 1774 “Considerations on the Nature and Extent of the Legislative Authority of the British Parliament” and the full texts of his 1787 State House Yard speech and 1788 Fourth of July oration.

“Wilson, a forgotten founder, worked to create our system of government by the people,” said Bill White, Colonial Williamsburg’s Royce R. and Kathryn M. Baker vice president for productions, publications and learning ventures. “His life story teaches us what citizenship means.”

Maynard Garrison is the author of the 60-page paperback volume. Garrison is the American advisor to the James Wilson Doctoral Programme in Constitutional Studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The publication was made possible by a gift from Henry C. Wolf of Virginia Beach, Va.

The book is available for $8.95 at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers in Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center, 101 Visitor Center Drive, Everything Williamsburg in Merchants Square, by telephone at 1-800-446-9240 or from

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