Of New Hampshire, a Soldier of the American Revolution. He was a Captain in Stark's regiment at the battle of Bunker Hill; was captured by the British, and put in close confinement. In May, 1776, he was permitted to return on parole; and in March, 1777, he was exchanged. He served as Major under Gates at the capture of Burgoyne. In 1779 he accompanied Sullivan against the Indians. In 1780 he was with the army in New Jersey. In 1781 he was at Yorktown at the surrender of Cornwallis. In 1789 he was appointed, by Washington, Marshal of the State of Maine; twice he was elected to Congress from Maine. In 1801 he was appointed Secretary of War, and held that office until 1809. In 1812 he was commissioned Senior Major-General of the Army in the United States. In 1822 he was appointed Minister to Portugal. 1824 he returned to the United States, and died in 1829, aged 78 years. [P. 20.]
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.