jurist; born in Sussex county, Va.
1775; became a lawyer, and settled in Tennessee
, where he was appointed a territorial judge.
In 1796 he assisted in framing a State constitution, and was a
member of Congress from 1797 to 1801.
In 1802 he was appointed governor of the Mississippi Territory
, and was a commissioner, with Wilkinson
, to take possession of Louisiana
when it was purchased from France
On the establishment of a new government in 1804, he was appointed governor; and when the State of Louisiana
was organized he was elected governor, serving from 1812 to 1816.
In the latter year he became United States Senator
, but was prevented from taking his seat on account of sickness.
He died in New Orleans, La.
, Nov. 23, 1817.