U.S. Senator. He studied law, was admitted to bar, then moved to the Territory of Missouri in 1809 and was a member of the region Barton Mounted Rangers in 1812. He was Attorney General of the Missouri Territory in 1813, the first circuit judge of Howard County, (1815-16) and a member of the Missouri Territorial House of Representatives, (1818-20). Upon the admission of Missouri as a State into the Union, he was elected as a Democratic Republican, later as a Adams-Clay Republican, to the United States Senate, reelected as an Adams Democrat, serving (1821-31). An unsuccessful candidate for reelection, he served in the Missouri State Senate, (1834-35).
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith