Republican politician who served as the 10th governor of Arkansas from 1872 to 1874. He was a Whig party member and served in Arkansas's House of Representatives in 1854.
He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1854 to 1860, taking 1856 to 1858 off as he took the Arkansas bar exam.
He refused to fight for the Confederate army and was tried for treason before escaping to fight for the Union.
He was married to Harriet Paxton with whom he had six children, three boys and three girls.
He was Governor of Arkansas during the presidential term of Ulysses S. Grant who shared his political philosophy.