Open main menu

Jerome Linwood Wilson (July 16, 1931 – November 1, 2019) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


He was born on July 16, 1931, in Washington, D.C., the son of William Jerome Wilson D.Th. (born 1884) and Hazel Hutchins Wilson, a children's book author.[1] He attended Howe Military Academy. He graduated B.A. from Colgate University. He served in the U.S. Air Force until 1957. Then he worked in public relations.[2]

Wilson was a member of the New York State Senate from 1963 to 1966, sitting in the 174th, 175th and 176th New York State Legislatures. He was Chairman of the Committee on Public Welfare in 1965. In November 1966, he ran for Congress in the 17th District but was defeated by the incumbent Republican Theodore R. Kupferman.

Afterwards, Wilson appeared as a commentator on WCBS-TV, and became the Political Editor of the TV station. While in the State Senate and commenting on TV, he attended night classes at New York University School of Law, was graduated J.D., was admitted to the bar in 1971, and practiced law with the firm of Rogers & Wells until 1999.

On November 21, 1985, he married Ursula Anna (Thron) Johnson.[3] They lived in Essex, Connecticut.

His daughter Sarah L. Wilson received in 2001 from President Bill Clinton a recess appointment as a judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Senator Wilson died on November 1, 2019, at his home in Essex.


  1. ^ Who's Who in American Education (1954; pg. 1371)
  2. ^ New York Red Book (1963–1964; pg. 98)
  3. ^ Ursula Johnson Wed To Jerome L. Wilson in the New York Times on November 22, 1985

External linksEdit

New York State Senate
Preceded by
John P. Morrissey
New York State Senate
22nd District

Succeeded by
Samuel L. Greenberg
Preceded by
Max Berking
New York State Senate
30th District

Succeeded by
Harrison J. Goldin