American politician who served in the Illinois House of Representatives and Illinois Senate before becoming a colonel and brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. After the war, he was appointed to the board of managers for the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.
He was born in Brownsville, Tennessee and moved to Illinois at age 11. He later practiced law in Toulon, Illinois.
He was wounded in the Battle of Resaca in Whitfield County, Georgia during the American Civil War.
He married Henrietta Butler in March 1849 and had children named Gertrude, Sarah, Mary and Thomas.
He and Phil Crane are both former members of the Illinois House of Representatives.