1818 – Born on January 28th in Brookline, Massachusetts. American Representative and a Senator from Massachusetts.
1841 – Engaged in mercantile pursuits in Groton, Massachusetts.
– He was appointed postmaster of Groton.
1842 – He studied law and became a member of the State house of representatives.
1844-1850 – He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election to both Congress and the governorship on several occasions.
– He was the State bank commissioner.
– A member of the board of overseers of Harvard University.
1851-1852 – Governor of Massachusetts.
1853 – He was a member of the State constitutional convention.
1855 – Was the secretary of the State board of education.
1862 – Served on the military commission under the War Department.
– Was the first Commissioner of Internal Revenue.
1863 – Elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses.
1868 – He was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives to conduct the impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson.
1869 – Appointed Secretary of the Treasury by President Ulysses Grant.
1873 – Elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Henry Wilson.
1877 – Appointed by President Rutherford Hayes as commissioner to codify and edit the Statutes at Large.
1880 – He was the United States counsel before the French and American Claims Commission.
1884 – He declined appointment as Secretary of the Treasury.
1898 – He was president of the Anti-Imperialist League.
1905 – Died on February 27th in Groton, Massachusetts.