Party affiliation: Republican
Father of Frederick F. Entered army as Lieutenant 16th Ohio Battery. Took part in principal engagements along the Mississippi. Mustered out 1865; removed, 1867, to prairie farm in township of Carlyle, Kansas.
Member Kansas House of Representatives, 1873, 1874, 1875 (speaker 1875), Senate, 1880-1884 (president pro tem). Telected to 48th Congress, March 1, 1884, for unexpired term (1884-1885) of D. C. Haskell, deceased. Reëlected 49th to 52d Congresses (1885-1893).
Reëlected to 53d Congress but unseated after a contest, August 2, 1894.