Student, Washburn College. Doctor of Laws, Washburn College. Student, University Montpellier, France.
White House correspondent, United Press, 1920; vice consul, Bucharest, Romania, 1921-1923; consul, Warsaw, Poland, 1923-1925; consul, Berne, Switzerland, 1925-1929; chargé d'affaires ad interim, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1929-1930; consul and 2d secretary, 1932-1933; assistant chief Division Latin-American Affairs,, unites states department State, 1933-1937; chief Division North and West Coast Affairs, unites states department State, 1944; 1st secretary, American embassy, Berlin, 1938-1941; counselor, American embassy, Santiago, Chile, 1941-1944; counselor to the United States political adviser for Germany director political affairs, Office of Military Governor for Germany (United States), 1944; United States minister to Bulgaria, 1947-1950; United States minister to Associated States of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam 1st ambassador to Cambodia and Vietnam, 1952; also minister plenipotentiary to Laos ambassador to Lebanon, 1955; to Saudi Arabia, 1958-1961; vice president, Foreign Bondholders Protective Council, 1961-1967; president, Foreign Bondholders Protective Council, 1967-1971; chairman of the executive committee, Foreign Bondholders Protective Council, 1972; consultant, Foreign Bondholders Protective Council, 1973-1981. Regents professor University of California at Los Angeles, 1962-1963. Lecturer on foreign affairs.
With United States Army, 1917-1919, First lieutenant infantry American Expeditionary Force, 1918-1919. Member Council Foreign Relations, Metropolitan Club, University Club, Phi Delta Theta.
Married Sue Louise Bell, October 10, 1920. Children: Sue Louise, Donald.