Admitted to Massachusetts bar, 1782. Representative to Massachusetts General Court, 1782-1785. Delegate Continental Congress from Massachusetts, 1785-1787.
Co-drafter administration ordinance N.W. Territory, 1787. Judge Massachusetts Court Common Pleas for Essex County, 1793. Appointed commissioner to revise laws of Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1795.
Presidential elector, 1812. Established Dane Professorship of Law, founder Dane Hall, Harvard. A founder Massachusetts Temperance Society (1st established society of its kind).
Author: General Abridgement and Digest of American Law, 8 vols., 1825, final volunteer published, 1829.
Born December 29, 1752