He was an Iowan lawyer and politician. He was educated at the Northern Indiana Normal School (now Valparaiso University) in Valparaiso, Indiana, studying science and law. He was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1888 and worked in law and real estate.
Bascom is buried at the Okoboji Cemetery in Arnolds Park, Iowa.
Republican Party of Iowa, Republican Party.
A member of the Republican Party, he was elected three times to the Iowa House of Representatives, representing the Dickinson County district (House District 97) and serving from January 8, 1907 to January 12, 1913.