At the beginning of the 19th century he removed to Columbus, Chenango County. In 1805 he came to Oxford, where, as Deputy Clerk under Uri Tracy, he also pursued the study of law with Stephen O. Runyan. After his admission to the bar in 1808, he practiced law at Oxford.
In 1815, he was appointed Surrogate of Chenango County, a post he held four years.
He was elected in 1820, and returned in 1821, 1822 and 1826, to the New York State Assembly. In 1821 he was re-appointed surrogate, and in 1823 became the First Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and held these offices until 1833, when he resigned them.
The Legislature, in 1830, elected him a Regent of the University of the State of New New York From 1833 to 1838, he was Lieutenant Governor under Governor Marcy.
In 1846 he was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention from Chenango County, and was chosen its President.
After the convention of 1846, he withdrew from political life. He was for years the President of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Academy.