He was also Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1908 to 1912. He was born July 24, 1856, in West Williams, Ontario, Canada. He was editor and publisher of the Buffalo Daily Times.
He was Chairman of the New York State Commission for the Panama–Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915.
He sold his paper in 1929 to Scripps-Howard for $6,000,000. He retired in 1931 and died on December 26, 1932 in Buffalo, New New York
Married Harriet B. Taggart, December 22, 1891. Children: Mistress Norma Metz, Mistress Harriet Welch.