James McLeod Willson 
James McLeod Willson (1809-1866)
Biographical Sketch

Son of James R. Willson, born near Elizabeth, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, November 17, 1809. He graduated from Union College in 1829.  He studied theology under the direction of his father, and was licensed by the Presbytery, June 5, 1834.  He was ordained by the same Presbytery, and installed pastor of the First congregation of Philadelphia, November 27, 1834.  He was elected Professor of Theology in the Allegheny Seminary, May 31, 1859.  He authored numerous pamphlets and books expounding Covenanter principles.  He died at his residence in Allegheny, August 31, 1866.


  • The Deacon: An Inquiry into the Nature, Duties and Exercise of the Office of Deacon, in the Christian Church.
  • Bible Magistracy: or Christ's Dominion Over the Nations: With an Examination of the Civil Institutions of the United States.
  • An Essay on Submission to the Powers that Be.
  • Civil Government: An Exposition of Romans XIII. 1-7.
  • Argumentative Testimony.
  • Witnessing: or the Distinct Denomination Position of the Reformed Presbyterian Church Right and Necessary.

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