- Robert S. La Forte
Wilson, James (16 August 1836–26 August 1920), secretary of agriculture, was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, the son of John Wilson and Jean McCosh, farmers. After immigrating to Connecticut in 1851, the family settled permanently on a farm in Tama County, Iowa, in 1855. Wilson attended public schools in the area and Iowa College (now Grinnell) but did not graduate. He began farming in 1861 and was elected to a series of local governmental offices as a Republican. He married Esther Wilbur in 1873; they had eight children....