Served on the Iowa Supreme Court from June 3, 1856, when he was appointed to fill the vacancy occasioned by the retirement of Justice Norman W. Isbell, until his death, June 9, 1800.
Born in Richmond County, Kentucky in 1814. After acquiring his education in law he located in Burlington. For some time he was interested in publication of the Burlington Hawk Eye. He was Mayor of Burlington for two years in 1855 and 1856.
He was very active in public life in the early part of his career; but it has been asserted that his somewhat unpopular views, as to the long disputed Half-Breed Tract controversy in Lee County, prevented his preferment to public office. His friend and neighbor, Governor Grimes, however, appointed him to the Supreme Bench, where death terminated his career at the age of forty-six, being the first member of the court to die before retirement.