Party affiliation: Democrat
Admitted to bar, 1879. Began practice at Boonville, Missouri. Now at Jefferson City.
Prospective attorney Cooper Company, Missouri, 1882-1886, 1890-1892. Judge 14th Missouri Circuit, 1892-999. Elected to 56th Congress, August 29, 1899, for unexpired term (1899-1901) of Richard P. Bland, deceased.
Reelected 57th to 65th Congresses (1901-1919), 8th Missouri District.