He was an educator, clergyman, college president, and author.
He graduated from USMA, West Point, NY in 1831. He became Professor of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, 1836-1869, and the Principal of Christ Church Hall (High School) Pomfret, CT, 1845-1852. He was the President of Racine College, WI, from 1851 to 1859, and its Chancellor from 1859 to 1863. He was the author of Sketch of the History of West Point (1840); Pantology, or Systematic Survey of Human Knowledge (1841); Jerusalem, and Other Poems (1857).
George W. Cullum, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., New York, 1891, vol. 6, p. 469.