He was an accountant in the office of the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad at Buffalo for five years. He returned to Erie and engaged in the hardware business, and later organized and was secretary-treasurer of a brewery company. In 1911, he organized and became president of the Vulcan Rubber Company. He served as mayor of Erie from 1906 to 1911. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1908, 1912, 1916, 1920, and 1924.