He graduated from Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie, New New York
He moved to Wisconsin in 1857, and enlisted as a private in Company C, Twenty-third Regiment, of the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He was mustered out as a second lieutenant on July 4, 1865. He took up the study of the law and was admitted to the bar in 1866.
Vermillion of the Dakota Territory.is where he first established his practice.
In 1887 and 1895, he was elected mayor of Vermillion. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1884.
In 1889, he was a delegate to the state constitutional convention. He was also selected for the South Dakota State Senate in 1889.
In 1891 he was elected to Seat B, one of South Dakota"s two at-large seats in the United States House of Representatives, filling the vacancy caused by the death of John Rankin Gamble.
He chose not to seek a full term, and resumed the practice of law. He died in Vermillion in 1926, and was buried at Vermillion"s Bluff View Cemetery. Jolley Elementary School, in Vermillion, South Dakota, is named after Mr.
He was a member of the territorial council in 1875 and 1881.