He was admitted to the bar in 1886 and commenced practice in Carrollton. He was also interested in agricultural pursuits and the raising of livestock. He was a delegate to the 1928 Democratic National Convention.
He served as chairman of the Committee on the Census (72nd and 73rd Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1934.
He resumed the practice of law with offices in Carrollton and Washington, D.C. and also engaged in agricultural pursuits in Carroll County, Missouri.
Born January 28, 1866