U.S. Congressman. He graduated from Starkey Academy in 1851, relocated to Michigan, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1858 and proceeded to practice law in Vassar, Michigan. He was a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives, (1858-60) and recorder of Midland County, (1861-62). During the Civil War, he served as a Lieutenant in the 2nd Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Union Army. After the war, he moved to Indiana, in 1867 and was served as prosecuting attorney for Bartholomew, Shelby, Jackson and Brown Counties in 1870. In 1876, he was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Michael C. Kerr, serving until 1877. An unsuccessful candidate for re-nomination, he was appointed judge of the ninth judicial circuit court of Indiana, in 1878 and continued to practice law until his death at age 51.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith