Biography of J. Wilson
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Wilson, J., was born in St. Johnsville, Montgomery county, N. Y., May 12, 1831. He graduated at Union College in 1851, and was admitted to the practice of law in 1852; raised a company of one hundred and seven men at his own expense and served as captain, part of 1861 and 1862; for twenty years was prineipal of some of the leading academies of the State; since January, 1869, has been editor of the Newark Courier, one of the most popular county weeklies in the State. October 23, 1874, he was nominated unanimously as the Democratic candidate for Congress, for the counties of Wayne, Cayuga and Seneca; and in a district usually 6,000 to 7,000 Republican, he came within a few hundreds of being elected, with General MacDougall as his opponent, and without paying any attention to the canvass. In 1875 he was honored with the degree of Ph. D., from Union College; in 1880, was on the Democratic electoral ticket, as the representative of the Twenty sixth Congressional District. He visited Europe in 1868 and 1888. Mr. Wilson is the author of the following works: "Errors of Grammar," 1858; "Phrasis: A Treatise on the History and Structure of the Different Languages of the World." 1864; "A Practical Grammar of the English Language," 1870; "Truths of Religion and the Bible, as seen by the Light of the Nineteenth Century," 1874; Practical Life and the Study of Man," 1882; "Radical Wrongs," 1892. These works have been commended by the best men in the land, and have given him a high standing among literary men and editors. He is proprietor, publisher and editor of the Newark Courier of Newark, N. Y.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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