He studied pharmacy, medicine, and law and become an evangelist.
He was known as The boy tramp orator of 1896. He worked as a salesman in Du Quoin, Illinois, from 1897 to 1904 and in Shenandoah, Iowa, from 1905 to 1919. He moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, still working as a salesman in 1919.
On November 7, 1922, he was elected to the Sixty-seventh United States Congress to fill the seat left open by C. Frank Reavis who resigned to become a special war fraud prosecutor.
He didn"t run for reelection in 1922, but tried unsuccessfully in 1924 for the Sixty-ninth United States Congress. He traveled as a sales organizer and later engaged in the insurance business.
He died in Lincoln on September 19, 1951, and is interred in Wyuka Cemetery.