Lawyer; born in Philadelphia, Pa.
, Dec. 19, 1731; studied law in England
, and returning to the United States
became manager in 1754 of the Willing & Morris
mercantile house, of Philadelphia
Through this firm the government secured naval and military supplies during the Revolutionary War
. He was elected mayor of Philadelphia
in October, 1763; was an associate justice of the Pennsylvania
Supreme Court in 1767-74; presided at a mass-meeting, June 18, 1774, called for the purpose of organizing a general congress of the colonies; and was made a member of the committee of correspondence.
In 1780, when there was a great lack of provisions for the Continental
army, he with others contributed £ 260,000 towards the establishment of the Bank of Pennsylvania to provide supplies for the army.
In 1781, when the Bank of North America was founded, he became its president, and held the office till Jan. 9, 1792; was also the first president of the United
States Bank established in 1791.
He died in Philadelphia, Pa.
, Jan. 19, 1821.