He was civil engineer in the USA from 1836 to 1849 and Russia from 1849 to 1854.
He was a graduate of the USMA, West Point, NY. He was a chief engineer in Buffalo NY, and Erie, PA Railroad (1836-1838). He superintended Harbour improvements on Lake Erie and was chief engineer on the Western Division of the New York and Erie Railroad (1838-1842), and on the entire road from 1842 to 1849. He succeeded AMW's husband George Washington Whistler in Russia, taking over the building of the first ever railroad between Moscow and St Petersburg. The project was commissioned by Tsar Nicolas I.
Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., from its Establishment, in 1802, to 1890, Boston, 1891, vol. 1.