Born in Northborough, Massachusetts. Graduate of Brown University in 1822. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced law in Worcester, Massachusetts.
He was president of the Quinsigamond Bank, of the State Mutual Life Assurance Company and of the Merchants' and Farmers' Fire Insurance Company. He was elected to the state senate in 1843 and in 1854 and to the state house of representatives in 1852. He served on the Massachusetts Board of Education 1852 to 1860. He was mayor of Worcester in 1856, 1858 and 1861. He was appointed by President Pierce as assistant treasurer of the U. S. but he declined the position. He died in Worcester.
He contributed over $30,000 to the Worcester Academy. He also contributed $1000 to a fund to provide medals for Rochester University. The medals (Julian SC-44) were produced at the Philadelphia Mint beginning in June 1875.
bio: ApCAB; NCAB 11; TCBDA; Biographical Encyclopaedia of Massachusetts, 1879Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies