Admitted to bar, 1865. Removed to Tennessee, 1866. Commissioner of claims, 1868-1869.
Delegate Constitutional Convention, 1870. Member Senate, 1871-1872. Republican nominee for presidential elector, 1872 and 1880.
Member House of Representatives, 1875-1876. Founded, and editor, Knoxville Republican, 1879-1881. Postoffice inspector, 1881-1882.
Editor Knoxville Daily Chronicle, 1882-1884. United States pension agent, 1883-1885. Chancellor, 2d Division of Tennessee, 1886-1894.
Member 54th to 58th Congresses (1895-1905), 2d Tennessee District Home: Washington, Distric.