U.S. Congressman. He attended Georgetown College, Washington, D.C., graduated from the University of Virginia and was a teacher. Moving to Missouri, in 1837, he was a Deputy Sheriff while studying law, was admitted to the bar in 1838 and commenced to practice law in Bowling Green. He was editor of the Salt River Journal, clerk of the Pike County Court in 1841, attorney for the Bank of the State of Missouri, in 1852, commissioner of public works, (1854-55) and elected judge of the third judicial circuit in 1857. In 1873, he was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third Congress and to the next five succeeding Congresses, serving until 1885. Declining to be a candidate for reelection, he lived in retirement until his death at age 77.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith