Admitted to bar, 1847. District attorney Sullivan County (New York), 1850-1856. Member United States House of Representatives (Republican) from New York, 36th-37th, 40th-41st congresses, 1859-1863, 67-71.
Commanded 56th New York Volunteers in Civil War, 1861-1865, promoted brigadier general, 1865. Moved to Nebraska City, Nebraska, 1874. Attended Nebraska Constitutional Convention, 1875.
Member Nebraska Senate, 1877-1881. Member United States Senate (Republican) from Nebraska, 1881-1887. Active in Farmer’s Alliance, Populist movements.
Unsuccessful Populist candidate for Nebraska Senate, 1894.
Born March 10, 1824