Category: Meet the Founding Fathers

Bullet Point Bio: James Wilson 

-James Wilson was the last signer of the Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania.

-James was born in Scotland in 1742 and went to the University in St Andrews, Glasgow and Edinburgh though he never obtained a degree from any of them.

-After studying the ideas of Francis Hutcheson, David Hume and Adam Smith he moved to Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1766.

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Bullet Point Bio: George Taylor

-George Taylor was a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania.

-Taylor was born in Ireland but moved to the colonies at the age of 20 in the year 1736.

-Since Taylor’s father was a clergyman and had little money to pay for his American passage, he was indentured to an ironmaster at Warwick Furnace and Coventry Forge.

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Bullet-Point Bio: James Smith

-One of the signers of the United States Declaration of Independence from Pennsylvania

-James Smith was born September 17, 1719 in Ulster Ireland.  His family moved to Pennsylvania in 1729.

-While growing up in Pennsylvania he received his education from a local church minister.  After graduating, he went on to study law in Lancaster.  At the age of 26 he was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

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Bullet-Point Bio: Benjamin Rush

-One of the signers from Pennsylvania.

-Benjamin Rush was born on January 4, 1746 to John and Susanna Rush.  He grew up outside of Philadelphia and was the fourth of seven children.

-Benjamin went to school at West Nottingham Academy at the age of eight, while living with his aunt and uncle, after his father died.

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