1823 – Born near Woodstock, Maryland, on the 16th of November.
1843 – He began to work for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad as a brakeman and conductor.
1865 – Elected a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.
1871 – 1883 – Elected Senator from West Virginia.
1889 – He represented the U.S. at the Pan-American Conferences.
1901 -1916 – Acted as chairman of the permanent Pan American Railway Committee.
1901 – Once again he represented the U.S. at the Pan-American Conferences.
1904 – Became the Democratic nominee for Vice President on a ticket with Alton B. Parker.
1916 – He died in Washington, DC on the 11th of March at age 92.