US Congressman. Born in Hillsdale, New York, he pursued academic studies, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1816 and practiced law in Norwich, New York. There he was district attorney of Chenango County, (1822-23) and was elected as a Crawford Republican to the Eighteenth Congress, serving (1823-25). After leaving Congress, he again served as district attorney of Chenango County, (1828-29), was president of the Lockport Bank in 1829 and was an agent for the Albany Land Company. Moving to Buffalo, New York, in 1835, he was projector of the first wire-cable bridge over the Niagara chasm and president of the Suspension Bridge Company until his death at age 74.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith