US Congressman. He was appointed a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy but resigned after 6 months to study law in Pennsylvania. He was first elected to Congress in 1852 & was reelected to the House of Representatives for 2 consecutive terms, serving 1857-1861. Opposed to secession, he was not a candidate for renomination in 1860. He resumed the practice of law in Virginia & later moved to St. Louis, where he died.