Party affiliation: Republican
Admitted to bar, 1841. Practiced at Hamilton, 1841-1849. Engaged in stock farming in Illinois, 1849-1860.
Editor National Live Stock Journal, 1869-1872. Secretary Illinois State Agricultural Society, 1860-1871. President State Board of Agriculture, 1873-1874.
President Illinois State Horticultural Society, 1867. Secretary Inter-State Industrial Exposition, Chicago, 1873-1891. Illinois commissioner to Paris Exposition, 1867.
President Illinois Commission to Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, 1876. President Illinois State Sanitary Commission, 1862-1865. Chief state inspector of grain, Illinois, 1877-1881.
Director-in-chief Illinois World’s Columbian Fair Commission, Chicago, 1891-1893.