1814– Born in Ogeechee Falls, Warren County, Ga.
– got into preparatory school and Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.
– studied law in Sparta, Ga.
– 1834, he got admitted to the bar and began his practice in Greenville, S.C.
– 1836, he transferred to Cahawba, Ala.
– took a break from practicing law and ventured into becoming a cotton planter then editor of the Cahawba Democrat and the Cahawba Gazette
1839, he moved to Wetumpka, Alabama and continued his practice
1841 – became a member of the State house of representatives
1843 – emerged to becoming a senator
– he was the Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress filling in the slot after the resignation of Dixon H. Lewis
– Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress
1846 – resigned and transferred to Montgomery, Alabama
– between these years, he argued that the South could find security only outside the Union
1848, 1856, 1860
– represented the state to the Democratic National Convention
– leader of the so-called "Fire-Eaters—extreme southern politician," advocates of secession in the 1850s
– headed the unsuccessful mission to Europe to gain diplomatic recognition for the new nation
– elected to the Confederate senate
1863– died in Alabama at his plantation home