Admitted to Albany (New York) bar, 1839. Judge Ontario County (New York) Court Common Pleas, 1844. County judge Ontario County, 1851-1855.
Member of New York State Senate, 1861-1869, president pro tern, 4 years, chairman judiciary committee, 1861-1869. Member of New York State Constitutional Convention (concerned with material changes in judicial system), 1867. Assistant United States treasurer, New York City, 1869-1871.
Associate judge New York State Court Appeals, 1870-1871. Chief justice New York Supreme Court, 1880. United States secretary of treasury under President Arthur, 1881-1884.
Trustee Cornell Univercity, 1865-1873.
Born April 16, 1818