Went to Idaho; clerk United States District Court there, 1866-1878. Removed to Dillon, Beaverhead Company, Montana. Member Territorial Legislature, 1882.
Became cashier 1st National Bank, Dillon. President since 1890. Appointed, March, 1889, governor Montana by President Harrison.
Serving until November following, when Montana became a state. Speaker Montana House of Representatives, 1903. Member Montana Senate, 1905-1907 (president pro-tem.).