Preparatory education, Shadyside Academy, Pittsburgh. Bachelor of Philosophy, Sheffield Scientific School (Yale), 1920. Doctor of Laws, University Pittsburgh, 1950.
With Scaife Company, steel tank manufacturers, Pittsburgh, since 1920, now chairman. Director, member executive committee, Gulf Oil Corporation. Director Consolidated Coal Company, Mellon National Bank and Trust Company, Pullman-Standard Carolina Manufacturing Company, M. West. Kellogg Company, Trailmobile, Incorporated., Pullman, Incorporated., Air Reduction Company, also director Washington-Waynesburg Railroad, Bell Telephone Сompany of Pennsylvania, T. Mellon and Sons.
Served in United States Navy Reserve, World War I. Fellow Yale Corporation. Clubs: Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Athletic Association, Pittsburgh Golf, Duquesne, Allegheny Country (Pittsburgh).
Married Sarah C. Mellon, November 16, 1927. Children: Cordelia M. (Mistress C. Scaife May), Richard Mellon.