Admitted to South Carolina. bar, 1764. Became member South Carolina. Assembly, 1765; appointed privy councilor South Carolina. by King George III, 1770, suspended for protesting system of filling government positions with appointees from England.
Member Government's Council of Province of South Carolina., 1772-1775, president, 1775, suspended for again protesting appointment system. Assistant judge Colony of South Carolina., 1774-1775. President South Carolina.
Provincial Congress, 1775. Commander of armed ship Prosper, actively engaged British sloops Tamar and Cherokee (beginning revolutionary hostilities in South), summer 1775. Chief justice South Carolina.
Supreme Court, 1776; member Continental Congress from South Carolina., 1778-1779. Author: A Memoir of the American Revolution from its Commencement to the Year 1776 as Relating to South Carolina, 1821.