Veteran of War of 1812 and Blackhawk War - 1832; Member of the First Legislature of Illinois - 1818; Member of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th Legislative Assemblies of the Territory of Iowa; Speaker of the 3rd Legislative Assembly; surveyed Jackson County and part of Jones County; chose the location, named, and platted the Town of Iowa City to be the capitol of Iowa(research by Bonnie Mitchell, Jackson County Historical Society)
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