Practiced law in Utah and surrounding states. Member Utah territorial legislature 3 terms, president upper body 1 term. Was county attorney, Utah County, city attorney, Provo City.
Appointed associate judge Supreme Court of Utah, 1894. Member 55th Congress (1897-1899). Declined renomination, but was elected as member 56th Congress to fill vacancy and served, April 25, 1900-March 3, 1901.
Choice of party for 58th and 59th Congresses (defeated), also of Democratic legislative caucus for United States Senate, 1905, 09. Member United States Senate, 4 terms 1917-1941. Delaware various Democratic National Convs.