Admitted to bar, 1858. Practiced at Chicago, 1858-1860. Served throughout Civil War in C.S.A.
Resumed practice in Kentucky. Member Kentucky House of Representatives, 1871-1875. Member 44th to 48th Congresses (1875-1885).
United States senator, 1885-1897 and 1901-1907. Member Isthmian Canal Commission and head department civil administration, Canal Zone, April 1, 1907-December 4, 1909. Delaware Democratic nat. convs., 1896, 1900, 1904, a leader in the free-coinage movement.
Chairman Democratic caucus, United States Senate, 1906, 1907. Home: Versailles, Ky.