Admitted to Pennsylvania bar, 1841. Member United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, 34th, 36th-37th congresses, 1855-1857, 59-63, chairman special commission on Pacific Railroad. Served as lieutenant colonel in command 39th Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1863.
Appointed United States minister to Sweden by President Lincoln, 1864-1867. Declined appointment as United States minister to Bogota, Colombia, 1866.
Born February 8, 1820