One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was born in the township of New London, Chester county, Pennsylvania, on the 19th March, 1734. His father was a native of Ireland. In 1756 he was appointed Deputy Attorney General to prosecute the pleas of the crown in the county of Sussex; in 1757 he was elected clerk of the House of Assembly; in 1762 he was elected a member of the Assembly, from the county of New Castle, where he continued for seventeen years, although during the last six years he resided in Philadelphia. In 1774 he was chosen a delegate to Congress to meet in Philadelphia, where he remained until the 1st February, 1783; he was the only member of the Revolutionary Congress 1783. During his residence in Philadelphia he was Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, although he represented the State of Delaware in Congress. He was Chief Justice twenty-two years, and at the time of his appointment he was speaker of the House of Assembly, President of Delaware, and a member of Congress; in 1799, he was elected Governor of Pennsylvania, and continued in that office until 1808. He died on 24th June, 1817, aged 82 years. [Pp. 7-8.]
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.