Member Essex Convention (opposed to more radical element of America Revolution), 1774. Served as major, later colonel as aide-de-camp to General Artemas Ward, Continental Army, 1775. Became member Massachusetts Provincial Congress, 1775.
Delegate Massachusetts Constitutional Convention, 1779, delegate to convention for the limitation of prices, Philadelphia, 1780. Member Continental Congress, 1780-1784. Appointed a director Bank of N. American, 1781.
Largely responsible for commissioning of the United States Treasury, 1784, 1st commissioner United States Treasury, 1785-1789. Postmaster-general United States under President Washington, 1789-1791. Speaker New York Assembly, 1800.
Superintendent internal revenue for District of New York, 1801-1802. Naval officer Port of New York, 1803-1813. Organizer and incorporator Society for Establishment of Free School for Education of Poor Children.
A founder American Academy Fine Arts.
Born February 3, 1748