He was born in Albion, ME. Aug. 30, 1818; died in Janesville, Wis., March 20, 1879. He entered the ministry and the Maine Conference in the spring of 1841. In 1857 he removed to Wis. Conference, Summerfield being his first charge in this State. He served as Pastor and Presiding Elder till 1861, when he went into the army as chaplain of the 13th. Regiment, Wis. Volunteers. He there contracted a disease by exposure and hardships, which finally brought him to his grave.
In 1864 he was elected to the State Legislature, and served one term. In 1875 he was nominated for Governor of the State by the Prohibition party, but declined the honor, as in his own language,”He did not think any substantial good could come of such a political movement at that time”.
In 1876 he was appointed a member of the State Board of Charities and Reform, and continued an active member till his death.
He was a man of much influence in the church, and, in affairs of State, in church discipline or government and questions of a legal character, his opinions had great weight.
His genial, social nature made him hosts of friends. His pulpit efforts were of a high order, and he excelled as an “off-hand.” platform speaker. His executive and financial talents were superior, and it was said of him at the of his death that he had dedicated more churches and raised more money to pay off church debts than any other minister in Wisconsin.
– Biography by Ralph Lane Lawrence, 1952