Born in Orange county, Virginia March 5, 1750. (old style). Elected a member of the legislature of Virginia 1775. Joined a volunteer company, and with prudent courage placed himself in the foremost rank, with those high spirited Virginians, who nobly contended for their country's rights. Unanimously elected one of the council of his own state in 1776, where his talents and influence had great weight. From this time he continued either in the council or state legislature until he was elected a member of Congress, in which capacity he continued until 1799, when he retired from public life; but the year following, being called to the state legislature, he brought forward, what are distinguished by the name of Maddison's [sic] resolutions. Being appointed Secretary of State under the presidency of Mr. Jefferson during eight years, he succeeded him in that office likewise, and, at the expiration of the first term, was re-elected President in 1813. [P. 33.]
Historical Catalogue of the Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum consisting chiefly of Portraits of Revolutionary Patriots and other distinguished characters. 1813.