Remembered for his Anti-Federalist views, this eighteenth-century American politician wrote a series of pseudonymously-published essays that decried the United States Constitution. Also a lawyer and judge, he served on the New York Supreme Court beginning in late 1777.
After studying surveying for a time, he pursued a career in law, supplementing his early legal income by creating maps.
In 1790, he became Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court of New York.
Following their 1765 wedding, he and his wife Jannette Van Ness welcomed six children.
Early in his career, he was a law clerk for future New Jersey governor and United States Constitution signer William Livingston.