He graduated from Cornell University in 1937 and received a law degree from Cornell Law School in 1939.
He served in the Counter Intelligence Corps of the United States Army from 1942 until 1946. He served as county attorney of Tioga County, New York from 1946 until 1958. He was elected to Congress in 1958 in a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of West. Sterling Cole and served from January 14, 1958 until January 3, 1975.