Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

Born in Scotland, he was one of only six founding fathers to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. President George Washington appointed him a justice of the Supreme Court. One of the most active members at the Constitutional Convention, he spoke 168 times. His name was James Wilson and he died this day, Aug. 21, 1798. The first law professor of the University of Pennsylvania, James Wilson wrote: “It should always be remembered that this law, natural or revealed, flows from the same divine source; it is the law of God. … Human law must rest its authority, ultimately, upon the authority of that law, which is divine.”