Party affiliation: Republican
F., Mistress Portia Van Meter, Mistress Frances A. Kinnick. Admitted to Iowa bar, 1878. Practiced at Adel, Iowa.
Member Iowa House of Representatives 4 terms, January 1900-January 1907 (speaker of House, 1904-1907). Lieutenant governor of Iowa, 2 terms, 1909-1913, governor 2 terms, 1913-1917. Dean College of Law, Drake U., 1917-1918.
Practiced law, Des Moines, 1918-1921.