Admitted to Lincoln’s Inn (1740). Specialized in colonial affairs; acted as legal consultant on matters relating to Pennsylvania, Maryland, Nova Scotia, and other colonies. Served as counsel for Pennsylvania before the Board of Trade and the Privy Council (1755-59).
From a prominent Yorkshire family. Brother of Horatio Sharpe, royal governor of Maryland (1753-69), and of William Sharpe, clerk of the Privy Council.