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James Grant Wilson
[[Image:150px|center|200px|border]]James Grant Wilson
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Born: April 28, 1832(1832-04-28)
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Died: February 1, 1914 (aged 81)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Rank: Brevet Brigadier General
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Battles: American Civil War
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James Grant Wilson (April 28, 1832 – February 1, 1914) was an American general, editor, and author.


Wilson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He emigrated to New York City and then moved to Illinois.[1] He was educated chiefly by private tutors and through travel in Europe. In 1857 he founded the Chicago Recorded, a journal of art and literature, and entered the Union Army late in 1862 as a major of the 15th Illinois Cavalry, commanded the 4th U.S.C. Cavalry as colonel, and left the Army in 1865 as a brevet brigadier general.[1]

After the Civil War, he lived in New York where he became a well-known speaker, a frequent contributor to periodicals, president of the Society of American Authors, and, after 1885, of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. He edited Fitz-Greene Halleck's Poems (1868); A Memorial History of the City of New York (four volumes, 1892–93); Appleton's Cyclopœdia of American Biography (six volumes, 1887–89, with John Fiske; volume vii, 1900), an excellent book of reference; The Great Commanders Series (eighteen volumes, completed 1913); The Presidents of the United States, 1789-1914 (four volumes, 1914), the work of many distinguished writers.

Wilson died in New York City and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Eicher, pp. 573-74.