Began law practice, New Haven, Connecticut, 1771. Member lower house Connecticut Legislature, 1777, 84-85, 87-90, speaker, 1787-1790. Member Continental Congress from Connecticut, 1787-1788.
Member Connecticut Convention to ratify United States Constitution. Leader of Jefferson Republicans in Connecticut. Judge The United States of America District Court Connecticut, 1806-1826.
Attempted to prosecute libel cases against certain newspapers in a grand jury charge, overturned by Supreme Court of the United States Court in case United States vs Hudson & Goodwin, 1812. Leader of Connecticut Constitutional Convention which drew up a new constitution including disestablishment of church and state, 1818.
Born April 8, 1750