Graduated from the University Nashville, 1835.
On extensive preaching tour for Disciples of Christ, 1833. Opened boarding and day school for girls, Franklin, Tennessee, 1837. Promoter Tennessee Agricultural Society.
Editor Agriculturalist and Journal of the State and County Societies, 1840-1844. Began Christian Revue (later Christian Magazine), 1844. Opened 1st school in the United States to combine courses in practical agriculture with academic subjects, 1843, success of school led to establishment of Franklin College, became 1st president, 1845.
Started Naturalist, 1850, merged with Southern Agriculturist, 1851. Belonged to conservative group of Disciples of Christ (opposed organized cooperation). Author: Naturalist and Journal of Natural History, Agriculture, Education and Literature, 1846.
Religious Historian, 1872.
He was baptised a member of the church in response to a sermon preached by Matthews seven miles north of Florence, Alabama, around October 1, 1827.
Married Sarah Shreeve. Married second, Charlotte Fall, December 25, 1836.