and excellence in composition, taking a Townsend prize for English composition; and among many candidates in the final competition, he was assigned the second place— Homer B. Sprague receiving the De Forest and Johnston the Clark prize for an essay on Political Abstractionists, i. e., doctrinaires.
After graduation, he studied law, and received his diploma from the Law School of the University of Louisville, in March, 1853.
On the 6th of July, 1853, he was married in New Haven to Rosa Elizabeth Duncan, daughter of John N. Duncan, of New Orleans.
He then settled in Louisville in the practice of law, and, except for a short interval, during which he resided in New York, he continued there until the war.
Though not allowing himself to be diverted from his profession by engaging actively in politics, he was always a strong advocate of the principles espoused by the South, and he took an active interest in their maintenance during the period preceding actual hostilities.