1785 – Born in Orange County, New York, on December 19th. A Representative from Virginia.
1791-1801 – He moved with his mother to Belvidere, New Jersey and thence to Bridgeport, Virginia.
1812 – He engaged in agricultural pursuits and served in the War as captain of a company of Virginia riflemen.
1815-1822 – A member of the State house of delegates.
1823-1827 – Elected as a Jackson Republican to the Eighteenth Congress and as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth Congress.
– The chairman of Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Nineteenth Congress).
– An unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Twentieth Congress.
1833 – He was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Philip Doddridge and served from January 21st to March 3rd.
1835-1841 – Elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses.
– The chairman of Committee on Accounts (Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses).
1844 – A delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
1845-1847 – He was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress.
– The chairman of Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Twenty-ninth Congress).
– He was again a member of the State house of delegates.
1850 – He resumed agricultural pursuits and was a delegate to the Virginia constitutional convention.
1851-1852 – Elected Governor of Virginia, serving a short term, reelected and entered upon the duties of the office January 1st, and served four years.
1877 – He died in Bridgeport, Harrison County, West Virginia on February 27th and was buried in the old Brick Church Cemetery.