A signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in the Parish of Yester, near Edinburgh, in Scotland, February 5, 1722; was educated at the University of Edinburgh. He was one of the most distinguished of the Scottish Clergy; he left his home at the solicitation of the Board of Trustees of Princeton College to accept the Presidency of that Institution, and arrived at Princeton in August 1768. In 1776 he was elected a delegate to the Continental Congress, where he remained during the war, and until 1782; on the return of peace he resumed his duties at the College. He died on the 15th day of November, 1794, aged 73. [P. 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.