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Excerpt: "This work began with the claim that James Wilson was one of the most important, yet one of the most frequently overlooked, founders. It has attempted to demonstrate that he merits examination because of his significant role in the founding period. Wilson's contributions as a member of Congress, constitution maker, law professor, and Supreme Court justice should not be overlooked. But his political significance does not necessarily mean that his political theory is worthy of attention."


Reproduced from "James Wilson, a Man for All Seasons" from Mark David Hall, The Political and Legal Philosophy of James Wilson, 1742-1798, by permission of the University of Missouri Press. Copyright © 1997 by the Curators of the University of Missouri.