Admitted to Pennsylvania bar, 1839. Secretary Pennsylvania, 1854. Ex-officio superintendent common schools Pennsylvania.
Governor Pennsylvania, 1860-1866. Leader in support of Civil War. Father of Pennsylvania Reserve Corps.
Candidate for United States vice presidential nomination, 1868, lost to Schuyler Colfax. United States minister to Russia, 1869-1872. Member United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, 47th-49th congresses, 1881-1887.
Born April 23, 1815