Party affiliation: Republican
With Butler Brothers, wholesale general merchandise, 1877, manager New York branch 1889-1932. Retired. Long a leader in Order of Scottish Clans of the United States and Canada, and active member many other Scottish societies. Colonel of the New York Scottish Highlanders.
Endowed scholarships in Smith College, Stevens Institute Technology, American International College, etc. Large donor of prizes for Scottish events, also, Walter Scott medals for valor for members of police and fire departments in leading cities of the United States, also in the Argentine and Ireland. President Walter Scott Free Industrial School for Crippled Children, New York.
A founder of Broad Street Hospital President Stevenson Society of America. Honorary police commissioner of New York City. Chevalier Legion of Honor (France).
Member Order of Leopold (Belgium).