Student of University of Pennsylvania, 1910-1914. Graduate Wharton Business Administration, 1914.
General manager American Manganese Manufacturing Company, Dunbar, Pennsylvania, 1921-1932. Chairman Kerchner, Marshall and Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1923. Vice-president and general manager Sloss-Sheffield Steel and Iron Company, Birmingham, Alabama, 1932-1934.
Vice-president and secretary Woodward (Alabama) Iron Company, 1934-1941.
Executive vice president Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) Coke and Chemical Company, 1941-1947, president, 1947-1955, Chairman of the Board, 1955-1961. Advisory director Pittsburgh National Bank.
Director Pittsburgh Steel Company, Pittsburgh Coke & Chemical Company Vice president Allegheny council Boy Scouts American Executive vice president, director Ohio Valley Hospital. Trustee University of Pennsylvania.
Served as First lieutenant, United States Army Tank Corps, 1918. Clubs: Duquesne, Pittsburgh Golf (Pittsburgh).
Married Elizabeth C. Taylor, September 1, 1915. Children: Richard, John Ashby (killed World World World War II), Jaquelin, Clarence Taylor.