Educated & studied law in Virginia. Admitted to the Mississippi bar in 1825 and practiced in Natchez. Member, Mississippi State House of Representatives, 1830-34.
He became editor of the Natchez Statesman & Gazette and the Mississippi Free Trader. In 1844, he moved to New Orleans, where he continued to be a newspaper editor & owner. He wrote numerous editorials in defense of slavery and of the right to secede -- though he opposed the actual secession movement.