Superintendent schools, Waterville, Maine, 1850-1853. Admitted to Maine bar, 1856. Appointed by Governor Washburn to raise military company in Bangor for United States Army.
Became lieutenant colonel 11th Maine Regiment, 1861, promoted colonel, 1862. Brevetted brigadier general Maine Volunteers, 1865, major general, 1865. Member Maine Legislature, 1867-1868.
Delegate at large Republican National Convention, 1868. Elected attorney general Maine, 1873. Member United States House of Representatives (Republican) from Maine, 44th Congress, 1875-1876.
Governor Maine, 1880-1882. Editor The New Age, 1883-1898. Supporter of William Jennings Bryan.
Born November 2, 1828