Went to Nebraska when it was frontier. Started one of the first sheep-farms on large scale, handling from 10,000 to 20,000 a year to date. Took active part in development of state.
Organized several banks. Public and private schools. Studied law in office of Judge George E. Wait, Geneseo, Illinois.
Married Mary Josephine Shaw, of Geneseo, April 15, 1885. Admitted to Minnesota bar, 1883, and practiced in Duluth. Special judge Municipal Court, Duluth, 1887-1889.
Democratic candidate for judge, 11th Judicial District, Minnesota, 1896 (defeated). For Congress, 8th Minnesota District, 1910 (defeated). Delegate to Democratic National Convention, Baltimore, 1912, and seconded nomination of Woodrow Wilson for president of the United States, for State of Minnesota.
United State Attorneys, District of Minnesota, by appointment of President Wilson, since July 1, 1914. Secretary and treasurer The New Duluth Company.