U.S. Congressman. He movrd to Indiana in 1840 and served in the 1st Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, during the Mexican American War, (1846-47). After the war, he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1850 and commenced to practice law in Noblesville, Indiana. Moving to Texas in 1853, he continued the practice of law and was chief justice of New Mexico in 1862 under the Confederate Government. During the Civil War, he served as a Major in the 1st Regiment, Arizona Brigade, Confederate Army. After the war, he settled in Texas, in 1865, practiced law, was district judge of the criminal court, (1873-76) and delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1884. In 1887, he was elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses, serving until 1891. An unsuccessful candidate for re-nomination, he resumed the practice of law until his death at age 81.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith