Representative from Massachusetts from 1817 to 1824 who left a very influential family legacy. He spent his time in Congress advocating on behalf of the Seminole Indians.
He studied law with Levi Lincoln, who later served on the landmark Marbury v. Madison court case.
He was a noted orator and the publisher of a popular pamphlet supporting John Quincy Adams.
His daughter was the feminist Margaret Fuller and his great-grandson was inventor R. Buckminster Fuller.
He was the great-great-great-grandfather (five generations back) of US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.