Entry from US English dictionary
(1734–1806), US politician and financier. He represented Pennsylvania at the Continental Congress 1775–78 and signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He provided extensive financial support for the colonial war effort and was later appointed superintendent of finance 1781–84 by the Continental Congress. After serving in the US Senate 1789–95, he lost all his money in western land speculations and spent his final years in poverty.
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