An American lawyer, Union general, politician, and author, he wrote the novel Ben-Hur: AN ACCOUNT from the Christ, that was later on adapted into 4 films. He was learning legislation but paused his research to improve a militia. He was elected towards the Indiana Condition Senate in 1856. He wedded Susan Arnold Elston in 1852; collectively, that they had one child. He fought under Ulysses S. Give in the Civil Battle.