He was born in the United States, but as a young man emigrated to Victoria, Australia. When the Otago Gold Rush began in 1861 he established himself as a merchant in Dunedin. Later he joined with John Maclean to form Driver, Maclean & Co., auctioneers.
He represented the Roslyn electorate from 1869 to 1871, when he resigned, and from 1878 to 1881. He then represented the Hokonui electorate from 1881 to 1884, when he retired.