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September 15, 1861, he was taken prisoner by H.C. Pate, and spent eighteen months in Libby and Saulsbury prisons. In 1866 he was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates, in which and in the Senate, he served six terms - House of Delegates, 1866-67; Senate, 1868; and extra sessions, 1868-69; House of Delegates, 1885. He was an indefatigable and intelligent member in each, and his zeal in the performance of his duty won him the unstinted praise of his colleagues. He was president of the Board of Supervisors and of the County Court of Boone county, eight years, during which time he gave the greatest satisfaction. He was appointed Deputy Collector of the United States Internal Revenue, under General I.H. Duval, in 1880, and continued until the change of Administration in 1885.
As Legislator, President of Board of Supervisors and County Court, his conduct was always in strict conformity with his conscience, and never has he allowed passion or prejudice to pervert his judgment. As an officer of the United States Government, while discharging his duty faithfully, he always advised the people to obey the laws and lead quiet, sober and industrious lives.
In the life of this Legislator we can see what industry and integrity can accomplish - an example that our young men may follow with profit to themselves and with honor to their country.