Bachelor, Vanderbilt University, 1935, postgraduate law school, 1936-1937, 52-53, Stanford University, 1953-1956, National College Judiciary, 1976.
Bar: Kentucky 1938, Tennessee 1938, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1942. Attorney Trade Practice Conference, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, 1938-1942. Associate counsel United States International Prosecution Section General Headquarters, Supreme Command Allies Pacific, Tokyo, 1946.
Practiced in Nashville, 1946-1953. Bond specialist Swett & Crawford, San Francisco, 1956-1957. Resident manager Totten & Company, San Francisco, 1958, vice president general manager, 1959-1960.
Senior trial attorney Bureau Restraint of Trade, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, 1961-1966, chief division of advisory opinions, 1966-1970, acting director Bureau Industry Guidance, 1969-1970, attorney adviser Federal Trade Commission Bureau Consumer Claims, until 1971. Administrative law judge Bureau Hearing and Appeals, Social Security Administration, Department of Health, Chattanooga, 1971-1973, administrative law judge charge Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois, Paducah, Kentucky, 1973-1976, Louisville, 1976-1978. Administrative law judge in charge Miami (Florida) Office Hearings and Appeals, 1979-1981, administrative law judge, Louisville, 1981-1982.
Member regional judicial council Social Security Administration President Surety Claims Association Northern California, 1957-1958.
Member Tennessee House of Representatives, 1949-1950. Served with infantry United States Army Air Force, 1941-1945. Member National Lawyers.
Married Vivian Loreen Downing, June 5, 1943. Children: Beverly Barron, Hugh B. III, Nathaniel Henry.