Dec. 23, 1891 Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA
Moved to Huntsville from Alabama, admitted to the Texas Bar in 1854. He was a delegate to the Secession Convention and served in the 20th Texas Infantry Regiment of the Confederate States Army and was elected to the rank of Lt. Col. on 14 May 1862. In 1867 he was appointed Commissioner of the Texas penitentiary. In 1879 as a Senator of the twenty-first state legislature he used his influence to establish the Sam Houston Normal Institute and later helped get funds appropriated to expand the school with the construction of the main building in 1890.