One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was born in Lancashire, England, in 1733. He emigrated to this country and established himself as a merchant in Philadelphia. In 1775 he was appointed a delegate to Congress. He was a member of the convention which framed the Constitution of the United States in 1787, and afterwards a Senator in Congress. He was considered the greatest financial operator of the day; and it was mainly through his untiring energy that the army during the revolutionary war was provided with supplies. In his old age he lost his ample fortune by unfortunate land speculations, and passed the last years of his life confined in prison for debt. He died in 1806, aged 73. [Pp. 5-6.]
Catalogue of the National Portraits in Independence Hall: comprising many of those of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and other distinguished persons connected with the early history of the efforts which resulted in the glorious Liberty we now enjoy. Philadelphia. 1856.