He was born in Cambridge, Mass., July 1, 1776. Was graduated from Harvard University in 1793. Studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1797 and commenced practice in New Gloucester, Maine (then a district of Massachusetts).
Moved to Warren in 1800. Member of the Massachusetts house of representatives 1801–1811. Was elected as a Federalist to the Seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Silas Lee.
Reelected to the Eighth Congress and served from December 6, 1802, to March 3, 1805. Sheriff of Lincoln County, Maine, 1814–1821. Member of the Maine house of representatives in 1824.
Moved to Bangor, Maine, in 1860, and died there July 18, 1872. Interment in Bangor's Mount Hope Cemetery.