Born in Mount Vernon, Maine, on January 25, 1808. Educated in the public schools and at an academy in China, Maine. Admitted to practice in 1831. Served in both the House and Senate of the State Legislature of Maine. Served as Postmaster, Judge of Probate, Maine State Bank Commissioner, and Major-General of the Militia. Appointed to the Minnesota Territorial Supreme Court by President Pierce on April 6, 1853, and served until 1857. Was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1857, and in 1858 was a member of a commission appointed by the Legislature to revise the General Laws of the State of Minnesota. Died at his home in St. Paul on March 23, 1868.