He was the son of Jonathan and Mary Dickerson. He married Sidney Stotesbury.
He studied law, and was made an attorney in 1813; a counselor in 1817, and a sergeant-at-law in 1824. He practiced in Paterson, NJ. He was appointed judge of the US district court in New Jersey by President Van Buren. AMW met him when she lived with her husband at the Passaic, NJ in the early 1830s.
Johnson, Rossiter (ed.), The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Boston, 1904, vol. 3.