He studied at Worcester Polytechnic and graduated in 1890. He then attended Harvard University, where he played for the Harvard Crimson football team He graduated from Harvard in 1892.
He received consensus All-American football honors in 1891. Lake married three times. Eva Lake died on November 25, 1935, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Her body was brought back to Connecticut for burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.
After Eva’s death, Lake married Mistress Elizabeth (Keeney) Gordon, the widow of Lewis East. Gordon, on December 24, 1935.
She died on August 28, 1936, in Whitefield, New Hampshire, and is also buried in the Cedar Hill Cemetery. Lake"s third wife was Barbara Grace Lincoln, a prominent business woman and director of the Sage-Allen store in Hartford.
Surviving him by twenty years, Barbara died June 16, 1968, and is buried beside Lake in Ashford.
Lake started his career by working for the Hartford Lumber Company, his father"s business. He was the president of Hartford Lumber Company from 1900 to 1939. A Republican, Lake became a Representative from Hartford in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1903 to 1905.
Lake became the 52nd Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut under Rollin South. Woodruff in 1907.
He held that position until 1909. He was a delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut in 1912.
When the delegates became deadlocked over whom to select for governor, Lake was nominated. Elected in 1920, Lake became the Governor of Connecticut.
During his term, a bill was enacted that prohibited child laborers from working more than eight hours a day.
A legislation also was constituted that withheld employment certificates from children who were deficient in required schooling. When Lake left office on January 3, 1923, he continued to work with the Hartford Lumber Company as well as participate in many civic and private organizations. His interest in football did not diminish and he continued to attend Yale-Harvard games.
In 1939, he retired as the president of the Hartford Lumber Company after 39 years.
Lake died in Hartford, Connecticut on September 16, 1948, aged 77 years, 221 days. He is interred at Westford Village Cemetery, Westford, Windham County, Connecticut.
Member, School Board, Hartford, votes, best run by Democrat 20 years). Elected Chairman Democrat General Com., Monroe Company, 1922. Organization Monroe Company Democrat Club, 1921.
Democrat candidate, Mayor, Rochester, 1923. Appointed member, Board, Visitors, Agriculture and Industrial School by Governor. Alfred E. Smith, 1923.
Re-appointed by Governor. Roosevelt, 1930. Assistant Secretary Railroad, Young Men's Christian Association, Binghamton, 1898 and Albany, 1899-1902. Secretary Rochester Railroad, Young Men's Christian Association, 1902.
Raised money, new Building, 1907. Author of Flag Song, States United, 1927. Member: Shrine; Masons.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Red Men; Elks; Grange. Moose; Sons of the American Revolution.
Cambrian Welsh Society Central Presbyterian Church (Rochester). Clubs: Central Church, Men's (past president), Democrat Monroe Company president, 1922).
Spouse Eva Louise Sykes, September 4, 1896, Rockville, Connecticut.