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Died February 10, 1879, in Washington, DC
Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, Court of Claims
Received a recess appointment from Abraham Lincoln on May 23, 1861, to a seat vacated by George P. Scarburgh; nominated to the same position by Abraham Lincoln on July 9, 1861. Confirmed by the Senate on July 22, 1861, and received commission on July 22, 1861. Service terminated on March 13, 1863, due to appointment to another judicial position.
Chief Justice, Court of Claims
Nominated by Abraham Lincoln on March 12, 1863, to a new seat authorized by 12 Stat. 765. Confirmed by the Senate on March 13, 1863, and received commission on March 13, 1863. Service terminated on December 1, 1870, due to resignation.
Read law with Charles B. Penrose, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1838
Private practice, Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, 1838-1845
Private practice, New Berlin, Pennsylvania, 1845-1849, 1851-1855
U.S. representative from Pennsylvania, 1849-1851
Private practice, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1855-1861
Commissioner, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1855
Reporter of decisions, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1856-1861
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1871-1879
Professor, National University, 1871-1879