He attended the common schools and Copenhagen Academy, Copenhagen, New New York Engaged in mercantile pursuits in Utica, New New York Moved to New York City in 1847 and became an importer.
Engaged in banking in 1860.
Returned to Leyden in 1864. Elected as a Republican to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1875).
Retired from active business pursuits and lived in retirement at his house, "Homewood", on the family estate, "Locust Grove" near Leyden, New New York
He died while on a visit in Washington, District of Columbia, on February 18, 1900. Interment in Leyden Hill Cemetery, Portuguese Leyden, New New York