Member of the Federalist Party –– and then the Whig Party –– who served in the Delaware General Assembly, and as the Governor of Delaware from March 1846-May 1846.
He served in the Delaware Militia during the War of 1812 and later studied Medicine.
He also worked as a physician in Milton, Delaware.
He was married to Penelope Shields in 1802 until her death. Together they had two children, and he later married Sarah Davis Watson in 1820.
He did not agree with President James K. Polk's foreign policy.