He attended the academies at Plainfield, Connecticut and Westerly, Rhode Island.
He moved to New York and settled in Albion, N.Y., in 1824. He was employed as a clerk until 1826, when he engaged in mercantile pursuits. He assisted in establishing the Bank of Albion in 1839 and served as cashier.
He was Treasurer of Orleans County in 1840 and was Assignee in bankruptcy for Orleans County in 1841. He was Supervisor of the Town of Barre in 1845, and was elected as a Whig to the 31st and 32nd United States Congresses, serving from March 4, 1849 to March 4, 1853. In August 1852, he declined to be appointed United States Postmaster General by President Millard Fillmore.
Instead, Fillmore (a fellow New York Whig) chose Connecticut Whig Samuel Dickinson Hubbard. He was eighteenth New York State Comptroller from 1856 to 1857, elected on the American Party ticket in 1855. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor of New York on the American Party ticket in 1858.
He was director of the Niagara Falls International Bridge Co. He was chosen as a regent of New York University in 1858 and appointed one of the commissioners of Mount Albion Cemetery in 1862, serving in both of these capacities until his death in 1885. He was buried at Mount Albion.
Both served in Congress or in the state legislature in the 1820s.
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