A signer of the Constitution who was licensed to preach? That was Hugh Williamson, delegate from North Carolina, who died this day, May 22, 1819. At age 24 he studied theology in Connecticut and was admitted in the Presbytery of Philadelphia. He preached two years, visiting and praying for the sick, but it became apparent that a chronic chest weakness would not permit him to continue public speaking. He attended medical school and eventually became surgeon general, distinguishing himself in the Revolutionary War. Dr. Hugh Williamson helped his friend Dr. Benjamin Franklin conduct many electrical experiments.