Was born in Ireland, but an early love of independence made him adopt this for his country. He first distinguished himself in the convention that formed the present state constitution. The soundness of his judgment, and the conclusive force of his grave and manly eloquence in debate, excited no small degree of surprise in that body, and tended firmly to support its republican principles. Not only his speeches on that occasion but those in the general assembly and senate of the state, and other public bodies of which he has from that time to the present been a conspicuous member, but also his numerous political essays on various important occasions, published without a name, but sufficiently distinguished by their energy of style, afford a continued series of evidence of great strength of mind and integrity of heart; and, perhaps, they have commanded attention, the more certainly from their holding up to view their subject rather than their author. He is at present a representative in congress from one of the western districts of Pennsylvania and is now far advanced in life. [P. 43.]
Historical Catalogue of the Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum consisting chiefly of Portraits of Revolutionary Patriots and other distinguished characters. 1813.