1821 – Born on the 23rd of February in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.
1842 – He attended Phillips Exeter Academy high school, and then attended Dartmouth College graduating as a member of the class.
1850 – He studied law, eventually moving to Elberton, Georgia, where he opened up a law firm.
– He joined the Confederate Army where he served in the quartermaster’s department.
1868 – He became opposed to slavery, and would play a crucial role in Reconstruction as a member of Georgia’s state constitutional convention.
1869 – He appointed as U.S. district attorney for Georgia.
1870 – He was appointed as Attorney General on the 23rd of June, by President Ulysses S. Grant.
– He was the first to serve as head of the newly created Justice Department, as Attorney General.
1871 – He resigned because of the beginning of corruption that plagued Grant’s administration.
– He returned to Georgia, where continued to practice law until his death.
1880 – He died on the 21st of December in Cartersville, Georgia, USA.