Removed to Milton, North Dakota, 1887. In hardware and lumber business until 1905, then engaged in farming. First commissioner of agriculture and labor, State of North Dakota, 1889-1892.
President School Board, Milton. Member board regents State University of North Dakota, since 1898. Republican nominee for 61st Congress, 1908.
Elected 62d Congress (1911-1913), North Dakota at-large, to 63d and 64th Congresses (1913-1917), 1st North Dakota District Home: Milton, N.D.