Admitted to Kentucky bar, 1797, began practice of law, Lancaster, Kentucky. Member Kentucky House of Representatives, 1800. Member United States House of Representatives (Democrat) from Kentucky, 8th-10th congresses, 1803-1809, member congressional board that conducted impeachment proceedings against judges John Pickering and Samuel Chase.
Judge Kentucky Court of Appeals, 1809-1810, chief justice, 1810-1826. United States district judge for Kentucky, 1826-1835.