U.S. Congressman. He engaged in mercantile pursuits and served as a Brigadier General in the Pennsylvania State Militia. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, served as a Lieutenant in 1817, then later resigned, returned to Pennsylvania, where he was register- recorder of Northumberland County and Postmaster of Milton, (1833-37). In 1837, he was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses, serving until 1841. After leaving Congress, he reentered the Army and was commissioned paymaster. During the Mexican-American War, he was seriously wounded and died at sea before reaching port at age 55.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith