US Diplomat. Served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, fighting in the Battle of Long Island in New York (1776). He was appointed by President James Madison as the United States Ambassador to France, serving from 1811 to his death in Poland in 1812. He negotiated the release of American prisoners from the Dey of Algiers. A cenotaph exists for him in the Great Pasture Road Cemetery in Redding, Connecticut.