American jurist; born in Charleston, S. C., Dec. 17, 1807; died in Washington, D. C., Jan. 14, 1884. He was educated at the Norwich Military Academy in Vermont and at Middletown, Conn. He then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1829, settling in Cheraw, S. C. He was a member of the Nullification Convention of 1832. Elected to the state legislature in 1834, he resigned in 1835 and moved to Mobile, Ala., where he practised law. He was president of the Alabama State Convention in 1837, and was elected to the state legislature in 1844, being reelected in 1852. In 1853-55 he was a member of Congress from Alabama. He then moved to Washington, where he continued his profession until the Civil war, when he migrated to New Orleans. After the war he returned to Washington and resided there until his death. In 1840 he prepared a "Digest of Decision of the Supreme Court of Alabama," and he wrote "Practise of the Supreme Court of the United States." He married Eugenia Levy of Charleston, S. C., on Sept. 7, 1836.
- Brewer, Alabama, pp.406-407;
- Garrett, Reminiscences of Public Men in Alabama, 1872, pp. 405-407.