He was elected Benton, New York's Town Assessor in 1819, and served as Town Supervisor in 1820. He later moved to Hammondsport, New York, where he owned and operated a mill and held several local offices. He served as member of the New York State Assembly in 1835, and a Justice of the Peace in 1838. In 1837 he was active in organizing residents in the Southern Tier to lobby the New York and Lake Erie Railroad to create the Cohocton Route, which aided in the economic development of New York's central and southwestern counties.
He was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841). He was not a candidate for reelection and returned to his business ventures in Hammondsport. In the mid-1840s his finances became overextended and his mills and other properties were sold to satisfy his debts.
He later moved to Batavia, Illinois, which was then a village, where he was a partner with his son in law in a dam, mills, machine shops and farms. He also served as a member of Batavia Township's Town Council.
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|United States House of Representatives|
John T. Andrews
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th congressional district
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841
William M. Oliver