He was the former warden of the Eastern State Penitentiary and a Colonel in World War I.
In the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry he was promoted to corporal in 1887, then sergeant in 1889. He was promoted to captain in 1896. He was active in the Homestead Strike in 1892 and the Coal Strike of 1902 in 1902.
In 1905 he became the first commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police.
He served as a colonel in World War I.
He retired from the Pennsylvania State Police on February 28, 1920 and died August 31, 1930 at the age of 68.
He became a member of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry in 1882.