Was in France (1778-79). Involved in Silas Deane’s and Edward Bancroft’s speculation on the London stock market based on their inside knowledge of the Franco-American treaty negotiations (1778).
One of the “Gentlemen at Nantes,” a group of American merchants who collectively solicited protection for their ships. Retired from business after he suffered losses and a series of reverses both during and after the war.
Born in Philadelphia. Brother of Franklin correspondents Samuel and Thomas Wharton. Married Sarah Tallman in 1760; Nine children.