Member Stamp Act Congress, 1765, Chairman of Commission which wrote memorial and petition to House of Lords. Member Continental Congress from South Carolina., 1774-1776, 82-83, led successful fight to eliminate rice from boycott list, advocated home rule in colonies. Member South Carolina.
Council of Safety, 1776. Member South Carolina. House of Representatives, 1781-1782, 84-90.
Member United States Constitutional Convention, 1787, Chairman of Commission of detail. Member South Carolina. Convention to ratify United States Constitution, 1788.