Secretary board of trustees University of Pennsylvania, 1790-1791, member, 1806-1819, 22-42. Admitted to Pennsylvania bar, 1791. Wrote “Hail Columbia” at request of Gilbert Fox to tune of “The President’s March,” 1798.
Defense counsel for Justice Samuel Chase in his impeachment trial, 1804. Member United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, 14th-15th congresses, 1814-1819. Moved to New Jersey, 1819, member New Jersey Assembly.
Returned to Pennsylvania. Judge The United States of America District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania, 1828-1842. Chairman Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, 1837.