He was born in Cerro Gordo, Illinois and attended Stanford University from 1913-1919.
International correspondent, from 1917;
member of staff foreign department, United Press International, from 1920;
director publicity, Yellowstone National Park, 1923;
press director, Office Inter-American Affairs, 1941-1944;
information officer with assistant secretary state for American Republics, 1944-1945;
member information staff, Chapultepec conferences, San Francisco, 1945. Explored Mountain Province, Luzon, 1916. Ambulance driver French Army, Orient, 1917.
Secretary, inspector, historian Commission to Serbia, American Red Cross, 1917-1919.
Member National Geography Society (Jane N. Smith life member, citation), American Geophysical Union, Antarctican Society Washington, Overseas Writers' Club.
Married Kathleen Hargrave, February 15, 1924. 1 child, Jean (Mistress Eric A. Blackall).