James Wilson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

James was born in Carskerdo, Scotland back in 1742 to William and Alison. He studied at two universities one in St. Andrews, Glasgow and the other at Edinburgh. He never stayed long enough to obtain a degree however, one can never put a good man down. He moved to America in 1766 where he began tutoring and teaching at The Academy and College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania). For his work at the University he was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree several months later.

After studying he was admitted to the bar in Philadelphia in 1767. He opened his own practice in Reading, Pennsylvania earning him aa small fortune in just a few years. In 1771 he married Rachel and they had six children. He published “Considerations on the Nature and Extent of the Legislative Authority of the British Parliament” in 1774. He argued that the Parliament had no authority to pass laws for the American Colonies. In 1775 he was commissioned a Colonel of the 4th Cumberland County Battalion rising to the rank of Brigadier General of the Pennsylvania State Militia. Sorry but my self-imposed limit is almost there so let’s get to the point.

For you history buffs you already know however, for those who haven’t figured it out I’m writing about James Wilson who was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States signing the Declaration of Independence, serving twice tot eh Continental Congress. However, what he will be most noted for is he is one of the six original justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. Pretty good for someone with nothing but an honorary degree don’t you think?

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. He is more qualified to serve than a large number of our current Congress who are imitating buffoons! Enjoy your day!

Feb 02, 2017 04:52 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Only in America!

Feb 02, 2017 04:53 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Think of the time and money saved if we went back to six!

It seems the older generations had a harder curriculum and would be dismayed at what they consider an education today.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 02, 2017 04:55 AM #3
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

James Dray another interesting - and influential - person from history. Not only was education different back then, but politicians would typically return home to run their businesses and be productive members of society. Now they tend to linger in Washington because they never had a business in the first place. How things have changed.

Feb 02, 2017 05:13 AM #4
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

For some experience in life is the best college they can go to and this certainly was the case.

Feb 02, 2017 05:25 AM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks James.  I really think I should have known about him, but alas, I didn't.  Though, I do now.

Feb 02, 2017 05:58 AM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Only in America can wonderful things like this happen if you make the right choices and are determined to succeed! Thank you for this history tidbit..good to know.

Feb 02, 2017 06:04 AM #7
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I certainly agree, James, that Supreme Justice James Wilson went a long way with that honorary degree and his ambition. He evidently was not in the category of 'underachiever,' nor did run from opportunity when it came along his way.

Feb 02, 2017 06:12 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Pretty good indeed. Very interesting story and I didn't know.

Feb 02, 2017 06:15 AM #9
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another piece of history.... keep those coming...I can use all the history lessons I can find....

Feb 02, 2017 06:25 AM #10
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

An Honorary degree in life. Too bad politicians today don't have half his perserverance and  experience.

Feb 02, 2017 06:33 AM #11
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Now comes a man from history who put everything he had that was worldly on the line for his convictions. Excellent!

Feb 02, 2017 07:11 AM #12
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Very interesting history lesson once again my friend, I did not know these things until today!

Feb 02, 2017 09:05 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James and Happy Thursday.  Wonder how he would have done in our world today?  We might have missed out on a good patriot. 

Feb 02, 2017 11:29 AM #14
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


That is a great story.  Without a degree, he probably had more common sense than all the degrees one can get these days.  A

Feb 02, 2017 01:11 PM #15
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Many significant Patriots during our revolutionary days. All have a story to tell and you tell it well for them! Thank you. 

Feb 02, 2017 01:38 PM #16
Noel Mayer


Thank you! 

OUT STANDING What a remarkable journey

Feb 03, 2017 07:08 AM #17
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Terrific Blog post appreciate you taking the time to share it. Keep it up :-)

Jan 12, 2018 02:41 PM #18
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