US Congressman. Elected to represent Virginia's 1st District and as At-Large in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1803 to 1810, and 1813 to 1817. Also served as a Member of the Virginia State House of Delegates from 1798 to 1801, and 1811 to 1812, and Judge of the United States District Court from 1819 until his death in 1825. While in Congress, he fought in a duel with Joseph Pearson of North Carolina, and on the second fire, he was wounded in the hip. He died on March 28, 1825.