Born in North Haven, Connecticut. Graduated from Yale in 1837. Married Eunice Munson who died young. Married Margaretta Willoughby and had two children.
United States Attorney General April 26, 1875 to May 21, 1876.
He died at home in New York.
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A review by Judge Pierrepont of Gen. Butler's defense, before the House of representatives, in relation to the New Orleans gold
Documentation related to a theft of $50,000 in gold from New Orleans during the Civil War. See also Kolbe & Fanning sale #142 (June 2016), lot 951.