Member Charles City County (Virginia) Committee of Safety, 1774. A judge High Court of Admiralty of Virginia, 1776. Member Virginia House of Delegates from Charles City County, 1777-1788, speaker, 1781-1784, presented a resolution calling a federal convention which was to meet at Annapolis, Maryland., 1786.
Member Virginia Council of State, 1780-1781. Vice president Virginia Convention of 1788, opposed adoption of the United States Constitution. Governor Virginia, 1808-1811.
Judge The United States of America Circuit Court Virginia, 1811-1813.