1737 – Francis Hopkinson, born on the 2nd of October in Philadelphia.
1757 – He received his college education from what is today the University of Pennsylvania.
1763 – He began to work as a customs collector in Salem, New Jersey, but failure at this job lead him to travel to England in search of another post.
– Returned to Philadelphia, Hopkinson opened a store and later landed a job a customs collector in New Castle, Delaware.
1774 – He moved to Bordentown, New Jersey, and began to practice law. He also began to sat on the legislature at this time.
1776 – He served on the Continental Congress for only four months, and became most well known for the caricatures he drew of his colleagues.
1779 – Continued to be involved in politics (judge of the admiralty court of Pennsylvania and Federal circuit judge for the eastern district of Pennsylvania), but he also became increasingly attracted to the arts.
1781 – He finished the “Temple of Minerva,” the first operatic work composed by an American composer.
1791 – Died at the age of fifty-three while he was still serving as a Federal circuit judge on the 9th of May. He was buried in Philadelphia’s Christ Church Burial Ground.