Party affiliation: Democrat
Began practice at Seward, Nebraska, 1885. Removed to Omaha, 1890. Partner, 1897-1917, of Honorary Constantine J. Smyth, former justice Court of Appeals, Washington.
Attorney for Omaha Grain Exchange 15 years, specializing in commerce cases before Interstate Commerce Commission, and established rates that made Omaha a grain market. Member firm Smith, Schall & Howell. President Prudential Savings & Loan Association.
President Omaha Cooperage Company Assistant attorney general of Nebraska, 1896-1898. Mayor of Omaha, 1918-1921.