Party affiliation: Progressive Republican
Spent early life in sheep and cow camps in Texas. Owner of ranch of about 100,000 acres in Duval and Brooks counties, Texas. Also owner of the Falfurrias herd of Hereford and Hereford and Brahma crosses of beef cattle, and the Falfurrias Jerseys for dairy purposes (both herds nationally known).
Director of live stock and farming, United States Food Administration, 1917.