Lawyer, Quaker preacher.
Studied with Franklin correspondent Joseph Galloway. Admitted to the Philadelphia bar (1762). Spent a year in London, where he was a student at the Middle Temple (1763-64).
Experienced a significant religious conversion, gave up his law practice, and devoted his life to preaching the Quaker faith. Made several religious journeys to the British Isles. Known at home and abroad as one of that period’s most powerful and impressive preachers. Appointed clerk of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (1789).
Born in Fair Hill, Pennsylvania. Married in 1771 to Sarah Richardson; seven children.