He was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1903, but declined the appointment and never actually took his seat. Notwithstanding this, he is officially listed by the Parliament of Canada as having been a Liberal Party Senator from 1903 to 1905. He later inherited half of his father"s estate, including all business and shipping interests.
He eventually served as Mayor of Windsor for one year.
He was appointed to the Senate on 12 March 1903, following nomination by Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier to replace the recently deceased Clarence Primrose. A report in the Toronto Star newspaper indicates that he did not want the appointment, and declined to serve.
However, no letter of resignation was received by the Governor General at that time. He attempted to leave the Senate in March 1904 by submitting a letter of resignation to William South. Fielding, then the Minister of Finance in the House of Commons, although for some reason this was not accepted at the time.
His resignation finally took effect on 30 March 1905, after the Committee on Orders and Customs of the Senate and Privileges of Parliament recommended that the Senate declare his seat vacant under the provisions of the British North America Acting, 1867, which allows such an action after a Senator has missed two consecutive sessions.