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Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Wilson, James Grant

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WILSON, JAMES GRANT, an American author; born in New York City, April 28, 1832; served in the Civil War. Besides numerous addresses, essays, and articles in periodicals, he published: “Biographical Sketches of Illinois Officers” (1862-1863); “Love in Letters, Illustrated in the Correspondence of Eminent Persons” (1867); “Life of General Grant” (1868-1885); “Life of Fitz-Greene Halleck” (1869); “Sketches of Illustrious Soldiers” (1874); “Poets and Poetry of Scotland” (1876); “Centennial History of the Diocese of New York, 1775-1885” (1886); “Bryant and His Friends” (1886); “Commodore Isaac Hull and the Frigate Constitution” (1889); Life of General Grant” (1897); “The President of the United States” (1901); etc. He was the editor (with John Fiske) of “Appleton's Cyclopædia of American Biography” (6 vols. 1886-1889), and alone of “Memorial History of the City of New York.” He died in 1914.