Party affiliation: Democratic Party
He was involved in agriculture and was a dealer in livestock. He served on the Board of Aldermen of Jersey City from 1864 to 1870.
In the Senate, he served as chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs in the Forthy-six through Fifty-third Unated States Congress).
He was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1877 and was reelected in 1883 and 1889, and served from March 4, 1877, to March 4, 1895. In the Senate, he served as chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs in the Forty-sixth through Fifty-third United States Congresses.
Born May 9, 1833