Admitted to Kentucky bar, 1847. Clerk Massachusetts Senate, 1852. Literary editor Phillips Sampson & Company, publishing house, Boston.
A founder Atlantic Monthly, assistant editor, 1857-1859. Clerk Superior Criminal Court, Boston, 1859-1866. Original member, 2d president Papyrus Club.
Member Boston School Committee, 10 years. Wrote manuals of English and American literature. Wrote volume short stories Lord of Himself, 1874.
United States consul at Glasgow, 1886-1888, Leith, Scotland, 1892-1894. Other writings include: Cloud-Pictures, 1872. Man Proposes, 1885; Quabbin, the Story of a Small Town, 1893.
Doctor Gray’s Quest, 1895.