Babcock was born in Thayer, Kansas and was based in California.
After the war, he attended the School of Mines at Golden, Colorado and then studied at the PAFA.
Babcock was raised on a farm. He moved to Colorado in 1912 and worked as a cowboy. Later he was inducted into the United States Army during World War I, and served as a private.
He settled in Laguna Beach, California in 1920 and furthered his art studies with Galen Doss, Thelma Paddock Hope, and Clyde Scott.
During his job at the United States Postal Service, he painted in his leisure time. He is known as "The Painting Postman of Los Angeles".
His biography appeared in Who"s Who in American Art, the source for most of the biographical information in this article, and he is mentioned in Davenports" Art Reference and Price Guide, Hughes Artists in California, Artists of the West, and Artists" Bluebook.