Admitted to Middle Temple, London, England., 1739, Virginia bar, 1744. King’s attorney for Virginia, 1748-1766. Member Virginia House of Burgesses, 1748-1775, speaker, 1766-1775, sent to England to oppose governor’s policy and to secure withdrawal of land fee.
Chairman Virginia Committee of Correspondence, 1773. Presided over revolutionary convs. of Virginia, 1774, 75. President Continental Congress, 1774, 75.
Most popular leader in Virginia decade before Revolution. Member board visitors College William and Mary. Provincial grand master.