Admitted to Indiana bar, 1845. Wrote digests of supreme court opinions for Indianapolis Journal. Attorney of Indianapolis, 1851-1853.
Reporter Indiana Supreme Court, 1853-1856. City councilman Indianapolis, 1857-1859. Member United States House of Representatives from Indiana, 36th-37th congresses, 1859-1863.
Head law firm including Fishback and Benjamin Harrison, 1863-1877. 1st comptroller of the United States Treasury (appointed by President Hayes), 1878-1880. Governor Indiana, 1881-1885.
Nominated Benjamin Harrison for President United States, Republican National Convention, Chicago, 1888. United States minister to Italy, 1889-1891.
Born April 20, 1824