Admitted to Alabama bar, 1844. Senior member firm Moore & Walker, Austin, Texas, firm was reporter for Texas Supreme Court, published volumes 22-24 of Texas Reports, 1860-1861: served as colonel 17th Regiment, Texas Cavalry during Civil War, 1860-1861. Elected to Texas Supreme Court, 1862, chief justice, 1866-1867, 78-81, The American Association For Justice, 1874-1878.
Upheld power of Confederate Congress to raise army by draft in “Ex parte F.H. Coupland” (26 Texas Reports 38T). Gave opinion in Jacob Kuechler versus George Wright which established rule in effect that all executive officers (except governor) are subject to control by writ of mandamus.