He was a United Empire Loyalist and after the American Revolution, he settled in Adolphustown Township. He was elected to the 5th Parliament of Upper Canada for Lennox and Addington. He was unseated in 1810 because he was felt to be unfit to serve because he was a Methodist lay preacher.
This may have been only an excuse, since he was a Reformer and so not acceptable to the Family Compact.
His constituency re-electing him, his seat was again declared vacant by the same party and for the same reason. Returning home, he was elected for the third time.
But he died before the next session commenced, and thus evaded that which threatened to become a serious cause of dissatisfaction, if not of disturbance. He died in Adolphustown in 1813.