U.S. Congressman. With the outbreak of the War of 1812, he volunteered at the age of eighteen and served in the U.S. Army. After the war, he studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced to practice law in Barboursville, Kentucky. Entering politics, he was a member of the Kentucky State House of Representatives (1819-31), and elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress, serving 1833-35. Declining a re-nomination, he moved to Texas in 1837 and was elected the first judge of the Galveston District. During the Civil War, he served with the Terry Rangers. After the war, he was elected the first judge of the Galveston and Harris County Criminal Court. He also practiced private law until his death.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith