The Philosopher and Statesman, (son of a Soap Boiler and Tallow Chandler,) was born at Boston, Massachusetts, January 17, 1706. In 1728 he established a new paper in Philadelphia. His first public employment was Clerk to the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, then Postmaster, and subsequently as Representative. In 1758 he was appointed Deputy Portmaster [sic] General of British America; and from 1757 to 1762 he resided in London as agent for Pennsylvania and other colonies. In 1778 he was despatched by Congress as ambassador to France. He died April 17, 1790, aged 84 years. [P. 12.]
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.