Party affiliation: Democrat
Educated Cane Hill College, Arkansas. Admitted to bar, 1874. District attorney 12th circuit of Arkansas, 1877-1884.
Member Arkansas House of Representatives, 1885. Judge Circuit Court, 1886-1890. Chairman State Judicial Convention, 1893.
Elected to 53d Congress, 1894, to fill unexpired term of Clifton R. Breckenridge. Reelected 54th to 59th Congresses (1895-1907). Resigned from Congress, January 14, 1907.
Governor of Arkansas, 1907-1909.