One of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence; born in Philadelphia in 1738; a lawyer of distinction, and for many years Judge of the Admiralty Court of the United States, for Pennsylvania. He was a writer of some distinction, and published in the newspapers of his time, a number of satirical and ironical pieces, chiefly intended to ridicule the British, and aid the cause of the Revolution, some of which were in verse, including some excellent popular songs. His "Battle of the Kegs" had a great run. He also wrote political, literary, and scientific essays. His judicial decisions were sound and acute. He was the father of the late Judge Joseph Hopkinson, a very eminent lawyer, politician, and writer. [P. 10.]
Catalogue of the National Portrait and Historical Gallery, Illustrative of American History. Formerly belonging to Peale's Museum, Philadelphia, now exhibiting at Independence Hall, on Fourth Street, between Walnut and Vine, Cincinnati. Incorporated by Act of General Assembly. Cincinnati: Gazette Company Print. 1852.