Do You Know About James Wilson?


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Did you know that the Fort Wilson attack during the American Revolution was named after James Wilson, Pennsylvania Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and had nothing to do with an actual Fort?  In 1778, James Wilson’s home was attacked by Americans and not the British.  There are a variety of reasons for this attack, some of which include him becoming a corporate type attorney,  switching from a Whig to a Conservative in his politics and switching his religious faith to the Episcopalian denomination.  He also defended a Tory merchant in Connecticut around this time.  By 1779, Americans hate him so much, they arrived at his house on 3

In 1778, James Wilson’s home was attacked by Americans and not the British.  There are a variety of reasons for this attack, some of which include him becoming a corporate type attorney,  switching from a Whig to a Conservative in his politics and switching his religious faith to the Episcopalian denomination.  He also defended a Tory merchant in Connecticut around this time.  By 1779, Americans hate him so much, they arrived at his house on 3rd and Walnut in Philadelphia and attack him.  Wilson and his cronies had to barricade themselves in his home until they were rescued.  Several people would be injured in this skirmish but, thankfully, no one was killed.  Wilson decided it was better to leave Philadelphia than stay.  The following spring in 1780, the Pennsylvania legislature pardons all the individuals involved in the incident known as Fort Wilson. Unfortunately, Wilson learns nothing from this incident and continues in his newfound ways which would lead him into other unfortunate circumstances later in life.

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