Ordained to ministry Presbyterian Church at German Church, London, England., 1744. Became 1st pastor Presbyterian (later Independent Presbyterian) Church, Savannah, Georgia, 1760. Delegate Georgia Provincial Congress, 1775.
Member 1st Continental Congress from Georgia, 1775-1777, opposed complete break with England. Accused of having given information to Sir James Wright (royal governor New York), banished from Georgia, had half of his property confiscated, 1777-1779. Lived in South Carolina. until royal government was restored in Georgia, 1779, then returned to Savannah, resumed ministerial duties until death.
Author: The Stamp Act Repealed, 1766: An Humble Inquiry, 1769. Great Britain’s Right to Tax Her Colonies, 1774. The Law of Liberty (sermon), 1775.