Sent by his family to Paris after a pamphlet he authored proved inflammatory. In France, met Lafayette and Franklin, who set him to work in his Passy printing office.
Returned to Dublin the following year, but an uproar over controversial sentiments expressed in his newspaper (Volunteer’s Journal) caused him to emigrate to America (1784).
Settled in Philadelphia and published the Columbian Magazine and American Museum.
Born in Dublin, Ireland. Married in 1791 to Bridget Flahavan; six children lived to maturity.