Admitted to Louisville bar, circa 1838. Served as lieutenant colonel 4th Kentucky Infantry, Mexican War, 1846-1848. Delegate from Louisville to Kentucky Constitutional Convention, 1849 member Kentucky House of Representatives, 1850, 68-69.
Member United States House of Representatives (Whig) from Kentucky, 32d-33d congresses, 1852-1855. United States minister to Spain, 1858-1861. Commissioned colonel Confederate Army, 1861, brigadier general, 1862, major general, 1864.
Appointed Confederate minister to Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, 1864.
Born October 16, 1816
Died September 21, 1887