Born Dec. 18, 1824, in New York City.
Early in life he was principal and teacher of mathematics at the grammar school of Columbia College. He left Columbia in 1845 to join the Cooper Iron Works in Trenton. Responsible for various inventions that benefited the iron industry, he developed a process of rolling gun barrels which resulted in the manufacture of the Trenton-Springfield rifle. Active in area business he held an interest in the Trenton Iron Works, New Jersey Steel & Iron Co., Trenton Water Power Co., and the National Pottery Co. In politics he served on the Trenton Common Council, the Trenton Board of Trade and in 1872 in the New Jersey State Senate. As state senator, he was responsible for the creation of the Borough of Chambersburg.
Died Nov. 2, 1879, at his home in Chambersburg at 436 Hamilton Ave.