James Wilson Edit Profile
Born in Peterborough, New Hampshire, Wilson attended New Ipswich Academy and the academies at Atkinson and Exeter. He moved with his parents to Keene, New Hampshire, in 1815, and graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1820.
A law student, he was admitted to the bar in 1823 and commenced practice in Keene. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1835 and 1838. He served as delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1840 and was Surveyor general of public lands in the Territories of Wisconsin and Iowa 1841-1845.
Wilson was elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Congresses and served from March 4, 1847, to September 9, 1850, when he resigned. He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Thirtieth Congress). He was appointed one of the land claim commissioners for California in 1851 and served in this capacity until 1853.
He settled in San Francisco and remained there until 1867, when he returned to Keene, New Hampshire. He died in Keene, May 29, 1881 and was interred in Woodland Cemetery.
Wilson served as member of the New Hampshire State militia 1820-1840 and was successively promoted from captain to major general. He served as member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives 1825-1837, 1840, and 1846, and served as Speaker in 1828. He was again a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1871 and 1872.