1757 – Born on the 4th of August in London.
1769 – At age twelve he was sent to Virginia to work as a scribe for a mercantile firm.
1783 – He had amassed 49,000 acres of rich, unoccupied land in the west, but it was tied up in litigation.
1789 – James Madison sponsored him as Clerk of the House.
1792 – Started a propaganda machine for the new Republican party.
1802-1807 – Ex officio librarian of Congress.
1807 – Died on the 8th of April.