US Congressman, US Senator, Louisiana Governor. In 1797 he was elected to represent Tennessee in the US House of Representatives despite being under the 25 year age limit and served until 1801. In 1801 he was appointed as Governor of the Mississippi territory and served until 1803. When Louisiana became a state he was appointed as Governor of the Orleans territory and served from 1804-1812. In 1812 he was elected Governor of Louisiana and served until 1816 when he was elected to the US Senate. He died in office in 1817 after only serving a few months in the Senate.
Bio by: Tim Crutchfield