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WILSON, James, (father of James Wilson [1797-1881]), a Representative from New Hampshire; born in Peterboro, N.H., August 16, 1766; attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., and was graduated from Harvard University in 1789; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1792 and commenced practice in Peterboro, N.H.; member of the State house of representatives 1803-1808 and 1812-1814; elected as a Federalist to the Eleventh Congress (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1811); was not a candidate for renomination in 1810; resumed the practice of law; moved to Keene, Cheshire County, N.H., in 1815 and continued the practice of law; died in Keene, N.H., January 4, 1839; interment in Woodland Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present