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Alexander Wilson (July 6, 1766 – August 23, 1813) was a Scottish-American poet, ornithologist, naturalist, and illustrator.

Wilson was born in Paisley, Scotland, the son of an illiterate distiller. In 1779 he was apprenticed as a weaver. His main interest at this time was in writing poetry, and his poems commenting on the unfair treatment of the weavers by their employers got him into trouble with the authorities. The "golden age of Renfrewshire song" is embodied in the persons of Wilson and Robert Tannahill. Robert Burns was eight years older than Tannahill. He was born near the Hammils, a broad if not steep waterfall in Paisley where the River Cart skirts Seedhill. It does indeed appear to be the case, as William Motherwell states, that a great amount of literary activity began in Paisley around this time.

In May 1794 Wilson left Scotland with his nephew to find a better life in America. Wilson obtained employment as a schoolteacher in Milestown, near Philadelphia. In 1801 he left Milestown and found a new teaching post in Gray's Ferry, Pennsylvania; Wilson took up residence in nearby Kingsessing. It was here that he met the famous naturalist William Bartram who developed Wilson's interest in ornithology. In 1802 Wilson decided to publish a book illustrating all the North American birds. With this in mind he traveled widely, watching and painting birds and collecting subscribers for his book. The result was the nine-volume American Ornithology (1808—1814), illustrating 268 species of birds, 26 of which had not previously been described. He died during the writing of the ninth volume, which was completed and published after his death by his friend George Ord. Wilson lies buried next to Ord at Gloria Dei Church cemetery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wilson is now regarded as the greatest American ornithologist prior to Audubon. It was his meeting with Audubon in Louisville, Kentucky in 1810 which probably inspired the younger man to produce a book of his own bird illustrations, though Audubon's reaction to Wilson was decidedly ambiguous.

Several species of bird were named for Wilson, including Wilson's Storm-petrel, Wilson's Plover, Wilson's Phalarope and Wilson's Warbler. The warbler genus Wilsonia was also named for him by Charles Lucien Bonaparte.

The Wilson Journal of Ornithology is named after him.
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Total Books: 49
The Mystery of Tunnel 51 Book 1
2015 - The Mystery of Tunnel 51 Book 1 [Wallace Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780749018054
ISBN-10: 0749018054
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Wilson's American Ornithology
2011 - Wilson's American Ornithology (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781175173973
ISBN-10: 1175173975
Genre: History
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American Ornithology Or the Natural History of the Birds of the United States by Alexander Wilson With a Sketch of the Author's Life by
American Ornithology Or the Natural History of the Birds of the United States  Illustrated With Plates Engraved From Drawings From
The Poems and Literary Prose of Alexander Wilson the American Ornithologist for the First Time Fully Collected and Compared With the Original
Wilson's American Ornithology With Notes by Jardine to Which Is Added a Synopsis of American Birds Including Those Described by Bonaparte
American Ornithology With Notes by Jardine to Which Is Added a Synopsis of American Birds Including Those Described by Bonaparte Audubon
American Ornithology  Or the Natural History of the Birds of the United States by Alexander Wilson With a Sketch of the Author's
American Ornithology
2009 - American Ornithology [Volume 3] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151734273
ISBN-10: 1151734276
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The Poetical Works of Alexander Wilson Also His Miscellaneous Prose Writings Illustr by Notes
Alice Allan The Country Town Et Cet
2009 - Alice Allan the Country Town Et Cet (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150641732
ISBN-10: 1150641738
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The Poems and Literary Prose of Alexander Wilson the American Ornithologist
2009 - The Poems and Literary Prose of Alexander Wilson the American Ornithologist (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150099762
ISBN-10: 1150099763
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Notes Questions And Answers On Our Lord's Parables
2009 - Notes Questions and Answers on Our Lord's Parables [1872] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781120066411
ISBN-10: 1120066417
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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American Ornithology With Notes by Jardine  To Which is Added a Synopsis of American Birds Including Those Described by Bonaparte Audubon Nuttall and Richardson by TM Brewer
American Ornithology Or The Natural History Of The United States Vol I
2008 - American Ornithology or the Natural History of the United States Vol I (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781409779049
ISBN-10: 1409779041
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American Ornithology Or The Natural History Of The United States Vol II
2008 - American Ornithology or the Natural History of the United States Vol II (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781409779056
ISBN-10: 140977905X
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The Foresters A Poem Descriptive Of A Pedestrian Journey To The Falls Of Niagara In The Autumn Of 1804
American Ornithology V3 Or The Natural History Of The Birds Of The United States
Operation Thrust
2006 - Operation Thrust (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781419631627
ISBN-10: 1419631624
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Maximising Income Generation in Libraries
1991 - Maximising Income Generation in Libraries (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780906011720
ISBN-10: 0906011728
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1983 - Life and Letters of Alexander Wilson [Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society] (Hardcover)
Planning Approach to Library Management [Library Association management pamphlets ; 4] (Paperback)
How to Start Exporting a Guide for Small Firms [Small firms information centres publications] (Other)