Opened first merchandise store in Lynn County, Iowa, 1871. In real estate business 30 years. President 1st National Bank, Canton, South Dakot.
President Bradstad Concrete Machinery Сompany. Vice president Canton Cooperative Telephone Сompany. Treasurer Bergstrom Plow Company First county recorder of Lyon County, Iowa, and county auditor, 1874-1875.
Member provisional state legislature of South Dakot, 1885. Mayor of Canton 2 terms. Secretary of state of South Dakot, 1893-1896 inclusive.
Member Republican National Committee, 1908-1916.