Admitted to Middle Temple, London, England. Began law practice in Virginia 1774. Addressed Plan of Reconciliation between Great Britain and her Colonies to Earl of Dartmouth 1775.
Member Virginia Legislature from Lancaster County 1777-1778 member Continental Congress 1778-1781, 87-88, president. 1788-1789; judge Court Appeals in Cases of Capture (which helped familiarize public with idea of some sort of superior federal judiciary), 1780-1787. A commissioner to attend treaty between Creek Indians and State of Georgia, 1789.
United States judge for District of Virginia (appointed by President Washington), 1789-1810, presided at Aaron Burr’s trial.