Was a native of Virginia, . . . [and] had the honor of originating the first resistance to the stamp act in 1755. He proposed in the Virginia house of Burgesses in 1773 the formation of a committee of correspondence, whose object was to disseminate information and to kindle the flame of liberty throughout the continent. He was a member of the first congress, and it was he who made and ably supported the motion for a declaration of independance June 7, 1776. After the adoption of the articles of the confederation, he was under the necessity of withdrawing from congress, as no representative was allowed to continue in Congress more than three years in any term of six years, but he was re-elected in 1784 and continued till 1787. It was in November 1784, that he was chosen president of congress. When the constitution of the United States was submitted to the consideration of the public he contended for the necessity of amendments previous to its adoption. After the government was organized, he and Mr. Grayson were chosen the first senators from Virginia in 1789, [and] he held till his resignation in 1792, . . . [He] died at his seat at Chantelly in Westmoreland county, Virginia, June 22, 1794, aged 63 years. He supported through life the character of a philosopher, a patriot and a sage; . . . He was the author of many political writings and the letters of Junius have been ascribed to him. [PP. 22-23.]
Historical Catalogue of the Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum consisting chiefly of Portraits of Revolutionary Patriots and other distinguished characters. 1813.