Admitted to Memphis (Tennessee) bar. Principal Elizabeth City (North Carolina) Academy, 1833-1835. Contributed political editorials to Memphis Gazette.
Member United States House of Representatives from Tennessee, 29th-33d congresses, 1845-1855, Chairman of Commission on vaval affairs, 1849. Secretary Kansas Territory (appointed by President Buchanan), 1857-1858, acting governor territory, twice during 1858, held pro-slavery position first, but advocated free-state status by 1858 removed from office for cooperation with Free-Soil elements 1861. Practiced law, Washington, District of Columbia, from 1862.
Born December 22, 1814