He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to Wheeling, which was at the time in Virginia. He came to St. Clairsville, Ohio in 1799. He was a member of the Ohio Senate from 1809 to 1813. He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 13th and 14th United States Congresses (1813-03-04 – 1817-03-03). He died in Wheeling in May 1838, and was buried in Episcopal Cemetery, St. Clairsville.