He was elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh Congress, but he was arrested by Confederate troops while en route to Washington, D.C. and taken back to Tennessee. He was held prisoner for more than a year before he made his escape and went to Washington, D.C., and assumed his duties. He was qualified and took his seat in the House of Representatives on February 25, 1863, serving until March 3, 1863.
He enlisted in the Union Army as a captain on August 25, 1863. He was mustered in as a lieutenant colonel in the 10th Tennessee Cavalry on February 23, 1864, and he was discharged on December 29 of that year. He was elected circuit judge of the fourth judicial circuit of Tennessee in 1866 and served for about one year. He died in Athens, Tennessee on March 16, 1873 and was interred in Cedar Grove Cemetery.