Served from private to colonel, Continental Army, 1776-1779, served at Valley Forge, White Plains, Fredericksborough and Raritan. Admitted to Pennsylvania bar, practiced in Yorktown, Pennsylvania. Attorney general of Pennsylvania, 1780-1791.
Justice Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 1791-1794. 2d attorney general United States under President George Washington, 1794-1795. On intimate terms with Washington circle (so-called “Republican Court”).
Indirectly responsible for Pennsylvania Senate removing capitol punishment (except for 1st degree murder) from statute books.
Born September 14, 1755