Known as The Great Defender, he became an excellent public speaker, a skill that obviously won him many cases in the courtroom.
After an illegitimate pregnancy and a botched abortion led to a trial involving his late wife's lover and her doctor, he was influenced to defend others.
He was known for defending women who had been wronged by men.
He had one child with his second wife, Hetty Kroeger.
Daniel Webster was another noted orator, though he practiced his craft in the legislature.