U.S. Senator. After graduating from Hebron Academy Maine, he engaged in mercantile pursuits in New York City (1835-48). Moving to San Francisco, California, he engaged in mercantile pursuits (1849-50), moved to Oregon, studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced to practice law in Portland. He was a member of the Oregon Territorial House of Representatives in 1852, served as a Army Colonel in the Oregon Indian hostilities in 1853 and was a member of the Oregon State House of Representatives in 1860. In 1861, he was appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Edward D. Baker, serving until 1862. Not a candidate for election, he moved to Connecticut, was a member of the board of aldermen of New London (1873-74), was a member of the Connecticut State House of Representatives in 1874 and a member of the Connecticut State Prison Commission, until his death.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith