Moved to Mississippi, 1856. Admitted to Mississippi bar practiced law, Holmesville, Mississippi. Became private Quitman Guards, Mississippi Militia, 1861, rose lieutenant colonel, served during Civil War.
Returned to practice law, 1865. Member Democratic National Convention, 1868. Democratic presidential elector, 1872-1884.
Member United States House of Representatives (Democrat) from Mississippi, 51st-53d congresses, 1887-1895. Associate judge Mississippi Supreme Court, 1896-1897.