Francis Graham Wilson received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas in 1923, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1928. The recipient of a Social Science Research Council grant, he studied in Geneva in 1931 and published his first work on public opinion in the American Political Science Review in 1933. Wilson was a courageous, dignified, and difficult man. He had read widely, was fluent in several languages, and worked constantly at some challenging project. Wilson feared that the destruction of American education, the advancing secularization of its culture, and the disappearance of a traditional way of life would have dire consequences. Wilson argues that whereas primary principles are not subject to change, secondary details may be gradually modified. His books included Labor in the League System, The Elements of Modern Politics, The American Political Mind, The Case for Conservatism, The Theory of Public Opinion, and Political Thought in National Spain, his last published work.