Admitted to Louisiana bar, 1851. In partnership with Matthew C. Edwards, New Orleans, 1851-1855. Member Louisiana House of Representatives, 1856.
United State Attorneys for Eastern District of Louisiana, 1857-1858. Attorney general of Louisiana, 1859-1861. Member Louisiana Secession Convention 1861 mem.
Confederate States Senate from Louisiana, 1862-1865. Member Louisiana Constitutional Convention, 1879, 98, chairman judiciary committee, 1898. Professor civil law U. Louisiana (now Tulane), 1873-1879, circa 1881-1899.
President American Bar Association, 1886. President New Orleans School Bd.