Came to Minnesota from New York. Served as Chief Justice of the Minnesota Territorial Supreme Court from December 16, 1851 to April 7, 1852. Appointed by President Fillmore. Arrived in St. Paul too late to hold the fall term of court, so his duties were limited to such matters as came before him in chambers. It is believed that after leaving Minnesota he returned to New York to accept an appointment to the state bench.
Appointed by President Fillmore after U.S. Senate rejected Fuller's appointment, but arrived too late to preside over the court. The news of the rejection did not reach St. Paul until after Fuller had arrived and begun his duties as Chief Justice.