Democratic-Republican and Whig member who served as Governor of Delaware from 1830 to 1833. He was also the Associate Justice on the Delaware Superior Court.
He was a lieutenant in the Delaware militia from 1807-1808, and also ran a mercantile business in Milton, Delaware.
He served one term in the Delaware Senate from 1835 to 1838.
He married Elizabeth Collins in July, 1804 and together they had five children: Ann, Maria, John, William and David.
He was active in politics at the time of Nat Turner's rebellion in Virginia in 1831.