This Augustan became associate editor of The Augusta Chronicle before moving to Savannah in 1891 and establishing the Savannah Evening Press. He represented Chatham County in the Georgia General Assembly from 1902 to 1906 and was on the Georgia delegation to the Democratic national conventions of 1892 and 1920. His childhood Augusta friend, Woodrow Wilson, in 1913 appointed him to be minister of Switzerland. His work with refugees in World War I earned him medals from the Belgian and Swiss governments. He served on the board of trustees of the University of Georgia and on the school board of Chatham County. He was chairman of the Georgia Bicentennial Commission (1932-33). He died in 1935 at his editor's desk in Savannah. His body was returned to Augusta for burial in Summerville Cemetery.