U.S. Congressman. While attending Springfield College, by supporting the Union during the Civil War, he enlisted in the Union Army, attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the 8th Missouri Cavalry, serving until when he resigned in 1863. After leaving Federal service, he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1864 and commenced to practice in law in Springfield, Missouri. He was prosecuting attorney of Greene County (1874-76). In 1879, he was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress, serving until 1881. Not choosing reelection, he resumed the practice of law and engaged in mining operations near Joplin, Missouri. He then relocated to New Mexico and served as the prosecuting attorney of the 6th Judicial District until his death.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith