Party affiliation: Republican
Member West Virginia Legislature, 1887. Supervisor of the United States census for West Virginia, 1890. Delegate to Republican National Convention, Minneapolis, 1892.
Member and treasurer Board of World’s Fair Commissioners for West Virginia. United States commissioner of fish and fisheries, 1898-1913. Elected to 64th Congress, May 9, 1916, for unexpired term (1916-1917) of William G. Brown (deceased).
Reëlected to 65th to 67th Congresses (1917-1923), 2d West Virginia District.
Born September 13, 1863