Admitted to Philadelphia bar, 1773, Middle Temple, London, England., 1773, Supreme Court of the United States Court bar, 1791. Member Continental Congress, 1780. Delegate Federal Convention of 1787.
Member Philadelphia Common Council, 1789. Attorney general Pennsylvania, 1790-1799, 1811-1817. Pleaded case Chisholm versus Georgia before Supreme Court of the United States Court, 1792, Hylton versus United States (1st case to involve constitutionality of an act of Congress), 1796.
City solicitor Philadelphia, 1798-1801. United States district attorney for Pennsylvania, 1800-1801. Nominated for vice pres United States by Pennsylvania Federalists, 1811.
Presiding judge of District Court for City and County of Philadelphia, 1821-1822.